Chip Ganassi Racing deleted a tweet that went out about Alex Palou following the IndyCar contract drama surrounding the two for 2023.
There was nothing but drama on the IndyCar silly season front on Tuesday evening. Chip Ganassi Racing led things off with a relatively normal-seeming announcement that they had exercised their option to extend the contract of reigning series champion Alex Palou contract through the 2023 season.
But then all hell broke loose with one of the most bizarre sequences of events in silly season history.
Palou refuted the report, and moments later, McLaren announced that they had signed him for next year, though no series (IndyCar, Extreme E, Formula E, Formula 1) was specified.
The 25-year-old Spaniard had long been linked to the third Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar seat, despite having denied talking to other teams at the time.
But things didn’t end there, as they took a bit more of a comical turn a few minutes later.
While things are sure to get interesting in terms of contract/legal talk surrounding Palou and the two teams for which he is supposedly set to drive next year, Palou is also currently up for the annual ESPY Award for Best Driver, along with Kyle Larson of the NASCAR Cup Series, Max Verstappen of Formula 1, and Steve Torrence of NHRA.
Amid the drama surrounding the three-time IndyCar race winner’s contract status for 2023, Chip Ganassi Racing tweeted out that there is still time to vote for Palou, and they attached this link for fans to do so.
Shortly thereafter, they deleted the tweet.
Palou was nominated for the award primarily for his success in the 2021 season, his first season with Chip Ganassi Racing and one which did not produce any sort of publicized drama like we are now seeing.
He won in his first start behind the wheel of the #10 Honda at Barber Motorsports Park and went on to add two more victories at Road America and Portland International Raceway, plus a runner-up finish behind four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, en route to winning the series championship.
He became the first Chip Ganassi Racing driver to beat six-time series champion Scott Dixon in the standings since 2011, and he earned more wins in the #10 car than all other drivers of the car from 2013 to 2020 combined.
In 2022, Palou has not yet won, but he sits in fourth place in the championship standings, just 35 points behind points leader and teammate Marcus Ericsson.
Chip Ganassi Racing have since insisted that Palou remains under contract with the team through the 2023 IndyCar season, ensuring that things will get even more interesting moving forward.