In a press release from the staff, for whom Palou scored its 14th IndyCar drivers’ title final 12 months, Ganassi acknowledged: “Alex Palou is underneath contract with Chip Ganassi Racing via the tip of the 2023 season. He’s a valued member of our staff, and we are going to proceed to help him in chasing wins, podiums, and INDYCAR championships.
“As the results of a competing racing staff improperly making an attempt to contract with him however the clear phrases of our contract, we’re continuing to authorized course of pursuant to the contract.
“Any and all inquiries on the matter shall be dealt with by our authorized counsel.”
The summons, filed by Marion County Courtroom, is directed to Alex Palou Montalbo and ALPA Racing USA, LLC, and should be responded to with 20 days after receiving the summons on twenty sixth July.
As well as, in a separate court docket doc, “plaintiff Chip Ganassi Racing, LLC, by counsel, respectfully requests a immediate listening to on its Movement for Preliminary Injunction. Plaintiff estimates two hours could be ample for the listening to, and requests that or not it’s set earlier than the tip of August.”
Among the many evidential reveals within the public area are the tweets despatched out by Palou, by McLaren Racing and the press launch from McLaren, all on twelfth July.
That day Chip Ganassi Racing put out a launch stating that it had taken up its possibility on Palou’s companies for 2023, the motive force having signed a two-year-plus-one-year-option contract towards the tip of his rookie season with Dale Coyne Racing.
Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Photograph by: Perry Nelson / Motorsport Photos
The assertion contained a quote from staff proprietor Chip Ganassi, stating: “Alex’s monitor report speaks for itself. He’s a confirmed champion and one of the vital formidable drivers on the planet. We’re very excited to proceed working collectively.”
Nonetheless, it additionally contained a quote supposedly from Palou.
“It’s a fantastic feeling understanding I’ll be again with Chip Ganassi Racing subsequent season. The staff welcomed me with open arms from Day 1, and I’m excited to proceed working with Chip, [CGR managing director] Mike Hull, the oldsters on the #10 NTT DATA Honda and everybody throughout the group. The targets stay the identical and we are going to proceed to work relentlessly in direction of reaching them.”
Later that day, Palou posted on Twitter: “I’ve just lately realized from the media that this afternoon, with out my approval, Chip Ganassi Racing issued a press launch saying that I might be driving with CGR in 2023. Much more shocking was that CGR’s launch included a “quote” which didn’t come from me.
“I didn’t approve that press launch, and I didn’t writer or approve that quote. As I’ve just lately knowledgeable CGR, for private causes, I don’t intend to proceed with the staff after 2022.
“This night’s unlucky occasions apart, I’ve nice respect for the CGR staff, and look ahead to ending this season strongly collectively.”
Inside minutes, additional gasoline was added to the flames when McLaren tweeted: “¡Hola Alex! McLaren Racing welcomes #INDYCAR champion @AlexPalou to its driver roster from 2023, because the staff continues to construct expertise throughout all of its racing sequence. Our full driver line-up throughout all racing sequence shall be confirmed in the end.”
The Arrow McLaren SP Twitter account quoted that tweet, including: “Welcome to the McLaren Racing household, Alex Palou.”
A McLaren Racing press launch acknowledged: “Alongside his racing duties subsequent 12 months, Palou may also take a look at with the McLaren F1 Crew as a part of its 2021 MCL35M F1 automobile testing program with fellow drivers Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta.”
Palou stated: “I’m extraordinarily excited to affix the motive force roster for such an iconic staff as McLaren. I’m excited to have the ability to present what I can do behind the wheel of a System 1 automobile and taking a look at what doorways that will open.
“I wish to thank everybody at Chip Ganassi Racing for all the pieces they’ve carried out for me.”
Zak Brown, McLaren CEO commented: “We’ve got at all times stated that we would like the most effective expertise at McLaren, and it’s thrilling to have the ability to embody Alex on that checklist. I’m additionally trying ahead to seeing him get behind the wheel of a System 1 automobile as a part of our Testing of Earlier Vehicles (TPC) program alongside Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta as we proceed to construct our driver expertise.
“Alex is an extremely proficient driver who has received in each sequence he has raced in, and I’m completely satisfied to welcome him to the McLaren household.”
Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet
Photograph by: Phillip Abbott / Motorsport Photos
Palou at the moment lies sixth within the championship, 44 factors behind championship-leading team-mate Marcus Ericsson with 5 rounds to go and over 250 factors nonetheless obtainable.
Arrow McLaren SP, which is increasing to 3 automobiles in 2023, at the moment has incumbent Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi underneath contract for subsequent 12 months. Felix Rosenqvist is being retained by McLaren Racing, however he has advised Motorsport.com he’s “in limbo” relating to through which sequence he’ll race.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown advised Autosport the marque is not going to be commenting on the lawsuit, whereas Palou himself has not but responded on the matter.