Palou stays at Ganassi for 2023, McLaren retains Rosenqvist

IndyCar 2021 champion Alex Palou will stay a part of Ganassi’s roster for 2023, regardless of having initially meant to race for Arrow McLaren SP.

Palou was named as a McLaren signing for 2023 hours after being introduced as having been retained by Ganassi. He was subsequently taken to courtroom by the latter, with Ganassi believing it had a sound choice for his providers within the current deal.

It has been not too long ago speculated that McLaren would search to purchase him out of the Ganassi choice, however Palou’s feedback after the 2022 season’s Laguna Seca finale he had dominated hinted he might but proceed to race for the staff he’d received the title for the 12 months earlier than.

And on Wednesday he introduced simply that on social media, with Ganassi corroborating this from its official account.

Chip Ganassi Alex Palou Ganassi IndyCar

Palou has completed fifth in IndyCar this 12 months, in a marketing campaign by which he and each he and team-mates Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson fought for the title.

The F1 alternatives inside his mooted McLaren transfer have been cited by Palou’s illustration as a driving issue earlier this 12 months – and Palou has confirmed that Ganassi “will permit me to pursue F1 testing with McLaren outdoors of my IndyCar obligations”.

A subsequent Ganassi assertion appeared to verify this. “The [2023] settlement affords him [Palou] the chance to check automobiles in separate racing sequence, supplied that it doesn’t immediately battle along with his IndyCar commitments,” the staff stated.

Palou’s Ganassi announcement was instantly adopted by Arrow McLaren SP confirming it can retain Felix Rosenqvist alongside the already-contracted Patricio O’Ward and Alexander Rossi.

Zak Brown Felix Rosenqvist McLaren IndyCar

Rosenqvist’s deal had an choice energetic till September 30.

“There’s no higher approach to enter the low season than with this information!” Rosenqvist, who completed eighth in IndyCar this 12 months, stated.

“I like this staff, and I’m so completely satisfied to proceed working with all of the unbelievable folks I’ve gotten to know over the previous two seasons.

“With all the pieces the staff has within the pipeline, the persevering with relationship with Pato and the addition of Alex Rossi, we’re going to carry our A-game for 2023.

“Will probably be essentially the most thrilling season for me to date. Let or not it’s March already!”

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