Some people take years to find their calling in life. For Alex Palou, it only took five.
Palou started his single-seater career in 2014 with the support of former F1 driver Adrian Campos. He entered the Euroformula Open F3 Championship with Campos Racing, a junior formula racing series, winning his first ever race in a single seater at Nürburgring and finishing third overall in his first single seaters season.
In 2017, he moved to Japan and started a new journey racing the Japanese Formula 3 Championship, finishing third with 3 wins and 10 podiums. There, he began the relationship with Monaco Increase Management making even bigger waves in the racing world, competing in Japan’s top-tier open wheeler series, the Super Formula Championship, finishing third overall and winning the Rookie of the year award.
2021 was Palou’s biggest year yet, winning the NTT INDYCAR Series Championship on his second year in the series and first year with Chip Ganassi Racing. Palou and the rest of the CGR team put in a career-defining performance at America’s premier open-wheeler series, winning three races, scoring eight podiums, and one pole position.
The 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series Championship marked several other milestones for Palou and his team, as he was only the sixth Chip Ganassi Racing driver in the team’s history to claim this coveted title. Palou also finished out the year with his first podium at the 105 th running of the Indianapolis 500 finishing runner up behind Helio Castroneves.