PLAINFIELD, Ill. – Alex Palou, a past Super Formula race winner and rookie of the year, will compete full-time in the NTT IndyCar Series next year for Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh.
Palou will vie for IndyCar Series rookie-of-the-year honors as he takes on the 17-race schedule. The driver from Sant Antoni de Vilamajor, Spain, is hot off an impressive season in the Japanese Super Formula Series with TCS Nakajima Racing.
In addition to finishing as the top rookie, Palou scored a victory, three pole positions (the most of any competitor that season) and placed third in the Japanese Super Formula championship.
Palou also drove for Team Goh in a McLaren 720S GT3 this past season, capturing the pole position during the final round of the Super GT series at Twin Ring Motegi by setting a new GT300 class record.
“I’m very excited about coming to America to race Indy cars,” said the 22-year-old driver. “I’m grateful for all that have helped me get to this point of my career, and especially Dale Coyne and Mr. Kazumichi Goh for giving me this opportunity.”
“We’re very pleased to partner with our friend of many years, Kazumichi Goh, in this collaborative effort for 2020,” said team co-owner Dale Coyne. “We tested Alex at Mid-Ohio earlier this year and he impressed everyone. His rise in performance over the past three years shows great promise for the future.”
Team Goh has a storied history in racing. The squad won the 1996 Japanese Grand Touring Championship and became one of the few privateer teams to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2004 with Seiji Ara, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello.
“Alex shows great promise and we all are excited to continue our relationship with Alex and to see him progress his career towards the IndyCar series,” said team co-owner Kazumichi Goh. “It will be an honor to be part of the Indianapolis 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and we hope to have the same success we achieved at Le Mans with our overall win thanks to great team collaboration between Alex and Dale Coyne Racing.”
Prior to his season in the highly competitive Super Formula championship, Palou raced in the Japan Formula 3 Championship, finishing third in the year-end standings on the strength of three wins and five pole positions.
Before his time in Japan, Palou became the first Spanish racing driver to win a GP3 race when he took the win in the final round of his debut season in 2015 with Campos Racing.
Palou made the jump from racing karts to cars in 2014 and placed third in the Euroformula Open Championship and second in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship before his move to GP3, where he spent the next two seasons.