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Alex Palou on F1 practice debut, lawsuit, Ganassi future in IndyCar

Not long after Alex Palou touched down back in the U.S. after more than a month in Europe – testing McLaren’s 2021 Formula 1 car, visiting the team’s headquarters in Woking, England, and stealing a few moments with friends and family in Spain – one of the first calls he made was to Chip Ganassi.

It came just a month after a lawsuit between Palou and Ganassi had been settled.

Despite getting swept up in a federal lawsuit, Chip Ganassi and Alex Palou managed to find a way to stick together for the 2023 IndyCar season.

“He was happy I got the (F1 practice) opportunity in Austin (for this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix),” Palou told IndyStar Tuesday of his call to Ganassi late last week. “We’re good. I talk to him as much as I did in January of 2022. There’s no difference in the relationship.”

It’s a stark change from three months ago when they were dueling on Twitter about Palou’s eventual landing spot for 2023. Chip Ganassi Racing claimed, via a press release that contain quotes not approved by Palou’s camp, that the driver was elated to return to his No. 10 Honda ride in ’23 via a team option in his contract. On Twitter, Palou denied the claim, stating he’d informed the team he’d no longer be driving for CGR following the 2022 IndyCar season and that that he’d inked a contract with McLaren Racing.

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