Alex Palou Sep 11, 2022; Salinas, California, USA; Chip Ganassi Racing driver Alex Palou (10) of Spain during the Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Palou capped the 2022 IndyCar season with a win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and he won it convincingly.

However, the bigger question was where would the 2021 series champion drive next year. Palou had found success with Chip Ganassi Racing, but he had become embroiled in a lawsuit with the team over his future. CGR exercised an option on Palou for the 2023 season this summer only for rival team McLaren to announce that they had in fact signed Palou.

The drama had dragged out throughout the season and made the announcement today a bit of a surprise.

With Palou’s IndyCar ride secured for next season, it allowed Arrow McLaren SP to re-sign Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist for next season but still left the question: what, if any connection did Palou have with McLaren?

That was answered earlier this week when Palou was one of three IndyCar drivers to get a test for the McLaren F1 team. Palou will continue to test for the Woking-based team going forward.

Next season will be Palou’s third with Chip Ganassi Racing and fourth in IndyCar after debuting for Dale Coyne Racing in 2020. Palou has won four races along with his championship in his time in IndyCar.

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