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Alex Palou Jumping to IndyCar, Dale Coyne Racing in 2020

The NTT IndyCar Series will have another new face on the paddock in 2020, as Alex Palou, 22, will drive the entry under the team name Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh, the team announced Wednesday, Dec. 19.

In 2019, Palou drove in the Japanese Super Formula Series with TCS Nakajima Racing, where he scored one race win, three pole positions and finished third in the final standings. He also was the highest-placing rookie in the standings.

“I’m very excited about coming to America to race Indy cars,” Palou said in a team release. “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,” team owner Dale Coyne said. “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 won the 1996 Japanese Grand Touring Championship (JGTC) and won the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans with Seiji Ara, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello.

Palou is also the first driver announcement for Dale Coyne Racing. The team parted ways with Sebastien Bourdais last month, and it is expected that Santino Ferrucci will return, but nothing has been made official at this time.

About the author

Josh Roller is a 2019 graduate of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI in Indianapolis. While in school, he covered the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was an extern for INDYCAR in 2019 and interned with Charlotte Motor Speedway's Communications Department in 2020. Besides writing the Xfinity Breakdown for Frontstretch, he also does a weekly podcast with a friend he met at the 2018 Indy 500, Rob Peeters, called the Racing with Rob and Roller podcast.

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