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IndyCar | Palou signs shock McLaren deal for 2023

The silly season came back to life last night when McLaren Racing confirmed that they had signed Alex Palou for the 2023 season, with the Catalan announcing on social media that he will split with Chip Ganassi at the end of the season.

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IndyCar | Palou signs shock McLaren deal for 2023
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Alex Palou caused shockwaves to rip through the motorsport world last night after announcing that he would drive for McLaren in 2023.

The 25-year-old Catalan, who resides in fourth in the IndyCar points, sent the driver market into meltdown last night after announcing on Twitter that a Chip Ganassi press release confirming him for 2023 was inaccurate and that he would be leaving the team at the end of the season bringing to an end a two-year partnership that generated one series championship.

Shortly after being confirmed as a McLaren test driver, Palou talked of his excitement about joining the team’s roster. He also looks forward to testing the team’s 2021 F1 challenger, the MCL35M, alongside Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta.

“I’m extremely excited to join the driver roster for such an iconic team as McLaren. I’m excited to be able to show what I can do behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car and looking at what doors that may open. I want to thank everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing for everything they have done for me.”

McLaren’s CEO Zak Brown expressed his delight at securing Palou’s services for 2023, stating that the Spaniard was incredibly talented and that he was looking forward to seeing him get behind the wheel of a Grand Prix car.

“We have always said that we want the best talent at McLaren, and it’s exciting to be able to include Alex on that list. I’m also looking forward to seeing him get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car as part of our Testing of Previous Cars (TPC) programme alongside Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta as we continue to build our driver talent.”

“Alex is an incredibly talented driver who has won in every series he has raced in, and I’m happy to welcome him to the McLaren family.”

Palou’s 2023 drive is yet to be known at the time of writing, as McLaren and Chip Ganassi have yet to finalize their 2023 racing lineups. However, one series that Palou won’t be heading to in the near future is Formula 1, as the team’s lead Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo confirmed today on social media that he wishes to see out his McLaren contract that runs out at the end of 2023.

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