NEWS & RACES
2020.06.07Palou’s NTT IndyCar Series Debut Ends Early in Texas
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh rookie Alex Palou’s NTT IndyCar Series debut was short lived when he got caught up in an on-track incident on Lap 37 of the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.
Earlier in the day, Palou had done a good job by qualifying 16th in his first ever oval qualifying session after only two hours of practice on the 1.5-mile track.
Palou was looking forward to gaining as much experience as possible in what was his first oval race and was running 15th when he entered pit lane on Lap 35 for his first pit stop.
Unfortunately, the Spaniard only got one more lap under his belt before he was collected by fellow rookie Rinus Veekay, who made contact with the wall and shot back down the track, clipping the left rear tire on the #55 Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh entry.
“I don’t think there was much I could have done. In hindsight, I should have gone high instead of going low, but that’s easy to say now. I have to watch the replay. Maybe I could have done something different, but not with the oval experience I have right now,” shared Palou.
“It’s a shame because the car was really good. I was getting comfortable and getting up to speed. Every lap I was getting better and better and keeping up with the cars in front. I was trying to get the car balanced right for the last stints. Unfortunately, we were not able to do that.”
Next up for Palou and the Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh team will be the GMR Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4, 2020.
2020.06.05A Day of Firsts Awaits Alex Palou in Texas
The NTT IndyCar Series is getting back on track this weekend and Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh rookie Alex Palou will be facing a day of firsts on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway as he, finally, makes his official series debut.
Palou will not only be taking part in his first NTT IndyCar Series event, but it will also mark his first oval race and night race, all in a condensed one-day schedule on the high-speed oval that is the 1.5-mile track in Fort Worth, Texas. While Palou will be the only driver on the grid having never raced on an oval, in any category, he won’t be going in completely blind having at least tested at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year.
“These last few weeks I was really worried about just getting back to the United States and now that I’m here, I’m even happier and more excited to go racing at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Not only did I make it, but I made it with enough time to prepare properly with the team and the engineers and to prepare myself. To be able to focus on racing and not always thinking about if I’m going to make it or not is a huge relief,” expressed Palou.
“This weekend will be my NTT IndyCar Series debut, which has been a dream of mine. It will also be my first oval, first night race and it’s in Texas. Everything to make it a difficult and challenging debut, but I’m looking forward to it. The team has had good cars there in the past so it’s going to be up to me to get up to speed and get comfortable with the car again after three months away. We have limited track time, so it won’t be easy for me and the other rookies, but we’ll try to make the best of it. I’ll be the only driver in the field that has never raced on an oval, in any type of car, but I’m ready for the challenge. It would be awesome for Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh if we could come out with a good result as we finally get the season started.”
Palou and his fellow rookies will get an additional 30 minutes of practice prior to the full field taking to the track for the official practice session.
The season opening Genesys 300 will go green at 7:10pm local time and will be broadcast live on GAORA in Japan from 8:30pm JP time.
2020.05.25INDYCAR Announces Updated 2020 Series Schedule
An updated 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule was released today, displaying calendar adjustments implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway remains the season opener with a night race on the 1.5-mile oval Saturday, June 6. The next race on the INDYCAR calendar will be the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday, July 4.
“Our teams and athletes are ready to get back on track and will deliver world-class action at Texas Motor Speedway and the Racing Capital of the World,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said. “We appreciate the opportunity to begin our season during these unprecedented times, and I’m confident we’ll put on a great show.”
The REV Group Grand Prix at Road America has been rescheduled from June 21 to July 11-12, becoming a double-header with championship points races Saturday and Sunday on the iconic, 4-mile road course.
Two events have been canceled for 2020 due to local restrictions surrounding the pandemic: the Indy Richmond 300 on Saturday, June 27 at Richmond Raceway and the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 12 on the streets of Toronto.
The season finale will be the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Oct. 25, a new date recently announced after the originally scheduled season opener March 15 in St. Pete was postponed due to the global health crisis.
2020.05.08INDYCAR SERIES 2020 Season Kicks Off June 6 at TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will begin Saturday, June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. INDYCAR’s stars will take the green flag at 8:45 p.m. (ET).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, INDYCAR will run a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. The event also will be conducted without fans in attendance. This will be the 24th consecutive year in which INDYCAR has raced at the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth, Texas.
To accommodate the one-day schedule, the length for the race at Texas Motor Speedway has been adjusted to 200 laps rather than the previously announced 248 laps.
The remainder of the updated, 15-race INDYCAR calendar for 2020, announced April 6, remains on schedule for competition.
2020.05.03P26 at the First Responder 175 presented by MGR
In the “real” racing world the month of May is famous for staging the Indianapolis 500 event and so at 2.30pm on Saturday, 2nd May, to mark the culmination of the the IndyCar iRacing Challenge the final round was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As in the previous five rounds of the Challenge, the cars lined up two abreast for the rolling start, unlike the legendary Indy 500 event we are all familiar with which has a traditional start grid comprising three cars abreast. It was a wild experience in the virtual world of iRacing which fully lived up to its category.
With eight of the participating drivers having won the real Indy 500, only three of the 33 drivers who took the start for the sixth and final round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge had no previous experience on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, and Alex Palou, from Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh, was one of the three. Based on his five previous iRacing performances – where he finished fourth on 4th April at the virtual Barber Motorsports Park; where he led four laps and finished tenth on 11th April at Michigan; and where he led a lap and finished ninth the previous Saturday, 25th April, at the Circuit Of The Americas – Alex was considered to be a “dark horse” for a surprise victory, especially having won an iRacing practice session at the Indy Speedway oval two days prior to the race.
Palou started the race at Indianapolis on the fourth row of the grid in P8, but after five laps of battling for position, his car was squeezed against the wall. He recovered, and even led the race for three laps, but by lap 55 when in sixth position it was necessary to pit for fuel. He rejoined the race, but just three laps after his pit stop there was an incident in front of him on lap 58 which forced him into a spin and ultimately a crash causing a lot of damage to his car. He managed to overtake a few of the seriously damaged cars on track, but was finally classified P26 having only completed 59 laps of the 70 lap race.
The six rounds of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge having come to an end, we now await the start of the real 2020 IndyCar season.
2020.04.26P9 Finish at COTA, AUTONATION INDYCAR CHALLENGE
The fifth round of INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, AUTONATION INDYCAR CHALLENGE, was held at Cirtuit of the Americas on Saturday, April 25.
Alex Palou, car numer 55, took the checkered flag in ninth place for his third top-10 finish in the series.
The next race, the last one of the series, will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 2.
2020.04.19“Not our day today.” The 4th round of INDYCAR iRacing Challenge at Twin Ring Motegi.
The fourth round of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge was held at the Twin Ring Motegi oval course, which has been closed since the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, at 3:30 a.m. on April 19 (Japan time).
There was a full course caution due to a vertual-like multi-crash on Lap 2, and a restart on Lap 9.
Alex Palou from Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh, returning to the Japanese circuit after an year’s absence, albeit virtually, and he finished in 22nd place for the 113-lap race.
Alex said “Not our day today at Motegi. Kissed the wall in lap 15 and had to try a different strategy that didn’t work.” “It’s all good people! We will have COTA next week.” “Hope you are all safe at home with the family.”
The fifth round will be held at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, April 25.
2020.04.1210th Finish at Michigan International Speedway for INDYCAR iRacing Challenge Rd.3
The 3rd round of INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, CHEVROLET 275, was held at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, April 11.
This 1st oval track race in the series was quite thriing that featured 9 leaders and 18 lead changes.
Alex Palou in the No. 55 Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda took the lead when 10 laps remainig, but he finally finished P10 due to stopping for fueling.
Here is REPLAY on YouTube.
2020.04.05P4 at Alabama!
Alex Palou finished P4 by Car No. 55 at the second round of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, the HONDA INDY GRAN PRIX OF ALABAMA, was held on Saturday, April 4th.
Palou made a great effort among the top drivers with a lot of experience in Sim Racing.
Watch replay here.
2020.04.03INDYCAR iRacing Challenge Round #2 at Barber Motorsports Park on April 4
The second round of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA, will be held this weekend on April 4.
Alex Palou, who had trouble with pit stops in the first round, is ready and eager to take on further challenge, so please support us through live-streaming.
The race will be streamed live on NBCSports.com(US only).
The green flag is at 2:30 (US ET Time).