Alex Palou’s aim for tomorrow’s inaugural NTT IndyCar Series race on the new Detroit downtown street circuit is to control his rivals from the front. Whether that’s the right strategy, he says, is an open question.
The Spaniard put the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda on pole for tomorrow’s race, which is the first on the new layout after the event moved from its previous home on Belle Isle. The short, tight and bumpy track has prompted raised eyebrows from some drivers – reinforced by an incident-laden Indy NXT race – but Palou said he hopes to take advantage of whatever flexibility is granted to him through running up front, and hopes it pays off.
“It’s going to be tough,” Palou said. “But I think the idea is to try to stay up front. Maybe there’s a faster strategy to (pit) 10 laps before, try to run fast. (But) if you drop to 10th, there’s a caution, you’re going to stay there. That happened to us the first year in Nashville.