Power wins IndyCar championship; Palou wins season finale

by | Sep 11, 2022 | Sports

MONTEREY, Calif. — IndyCar’s intense season came to a nail-biting end in which Team Penske’s superstars duked it out for the title and the future of the race winner clouded once again. Will Power beat Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden by 16 points for the Australian to win his second IndyCar title, and the 16th national championship for Roger Penske. He finished third on Sunday at Laguna Seca Raceway, a spot behind crestfallen Newgarden. But the win went to outgoing IndyCar champion Alex Palou, who has been entangled in a messy legal battle in negotiations and a courtroom over his 2023 rights. Chip Ganassi Racing says it picked up next year’s option on the Spaniard; McLaren Racing says it has Palou under contract. Palou insisted in July he’d be a McLaren driver next season, but as he celebrated his only win of the season, with owner Chip Ganassi behind him, Palou sounded far less certain. But he did indicate a resolution could be coming, perhaps as soon as Monday. “Yeah, we talk. We talked in Portland. We talked before that … I think, Nashville. “Talked this morning,” Palou said of recent, rekindled communication with the team owner.“We’ll see when I know. I wish I could tell you guys, ‘Hey, I’m doing this,’ but I don’t ha …

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