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Colton Herta wins at Laguna Seca and Álex Palou gets a gold podium that leaves him at the gates of the title

Álex Palou is very close to being IndyCar champion. The Spanish rider has increased his advantage in the general classification in the race that has been held in Laguna Seca, and in which he has achieved a brilliant second position. Next weekend is the decisive date in Long Beach and it looks great.

The victory has taken her Colton Herta, who already won the 2019 edition of this Monterrey Grand Prix. The American driver has dominated the race from the beginning, when he did have to battle Alexander Rossi and Will Power but got them out of the way due to different problems.


Palou is worth being tenth in Long Beach to be IndyCar champion

Grosjean Laguna Seca Indycar 2021

The Laguna Seca race was very clean, at least in terms of interruptions. The only yellow flag was caused by Rossi in the early stages of the race when he was fighting for the lead, and still the former Formula 1 driver managed to get back on track and has finished the race.

Palou made a cautious start keeping fourth positionBut when Rossi went off the track and Power had mechanical problems he climbed to second place where he finally finished. Although it was not as simple as it may seem, because the traffic played a decisive role throughout the race.

Palou Laguna Seca Indycar 2021

When Palou was closer to Herta, less than a second away, a bent train appeared that definitively truncated his chances of victory. Especially for the performance of Felix Rosenqvist, partner of Pato O’Ward, Palou’s greatest rival, at McLaren. The Swede let Herta pass but blocked the Spaniard.

There the victory options for a Palou disappeared, who also had to worry about second place in the last laps. A Romain Grosjean unleashed, and with a soft tire, came back brutally all the way to third place, but ultimately couldn’t catch Palou, in part because of a rather rough touch with Jimmie Johnson.

O Ward Laguna Seca Indycar 2021

O’Ward has finally finished fifth and maintains his title options. He is 35 points behind Palou, while Josef Newgarden finished seventh and also has a mathematical chance of taking the crown, as he is 48 points behind Palou. The one that is discarded is Scott Dixon, who had an unfortunate accident with Takuma Sato and finished thirteenth.

We’ll see if next weekend, in the decisive race in Long Beach, a champion like Dixon does teamwork to help Palou. It would be worth the Spanish to finish in tenth position to be IndyCar championregardless of what your rivals do. Long Beach will pass judgment.

IndyCar GP Monterrey 2021 race results

Position Pilot Dorsal Pos. Output Weather Laps led Well. Media Stops
1 Colton Herta 26 1 02:02:31.5444 91 104,114 3
2 Alex Palou 10 4 02:02:33.5191 104,086 3
3 Romain Grosjean 51 13 02:02:35.2531 4 104,061 3
4 Graham Rahal 15 12 02:02:45.4060 103,918 3
5 Pato O’Ward 5 6 02:02:56.2416 103,765 3
6 Marcus Ericsson 8 7 02:03:00.0476 103,712 3
7 Josef Newgarden 2 17 02:03:01.2711 103,694 4
8 Simon Pagenaud 22 9 02:03:01.9659 103,685 3
9 Oliver Askew 45 5 02:03:04.0119 103,656 3
10 Ed Jones 18 14 02:03:19.5388 103,438 3
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 19 02:03:38.7287 103,171 3
12 Scott McLaughlin 3 16 02:03:45.0384 103,083 3
13 Scott Dixon 9 8 02:03:47.9039 103,043 3
14 Sebastien Bourdais 14 21 02:02:40.5006 102,892 3
15 Jack Harvey 60 20 02:02:43.2209 102,854 3
16 Conor Daly 20 18 02:02:43.6016 102,849 3
17 Jimmie Johnson 48 25 02:02:48.9496 102,774 4
18 Rinus VeeKay 21 24 02:02:54.6342 102,695 5
19 Felix Rosenqvist 7 15 02:02:57.8349 102,651 4
20 James Hinchcliffe 29 11 02:03:02.3441 102,588 4
21 Max Chilton 59 10 02:03:04.2597 102,561 4
22 Callum Ilott 77 26 02:03:20.1491 102,341 5
23 Dalton had to 4 27 02:03:29.1560 102,217 3
24 Helio Castroneves 6 22 02:03:29.7010 102,209 4
25 Alexander Rossi 27 2 02:02:40.5534 101,797 3
26 Will Power 12 3 02:03:39.5249 100,988 3
27 Takuma Sato 30 23 01:58:02.7729 94,414 4

IndyCar general classification

  1. Álex PALOU (Honda-ESP), 517 points
  2. Patricio O’WARD (Chevrolet-MEX), 482 points
  3. Josef NEWGARDEN (Chevrolet-USA), 469 points
  4. Scott DIXON (Honda-NZE), 446 points
  5. Marcus ERICSSON (Honda-SUE), 430 points

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