By: Tanner Watkins
December 19, 2019 | 1:30 PM
Dale Coyne Racing has filled its open seat in the No. 18 Honda for next year’s NTT IndyCar Series season, adding Alex Palou to the team’s lineup in a joint effort between DCR and Team Goh.
Palou, who tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in July, is a former race winner in Super Formula who will be eligible for the Rookie of the Year award in 2020.
“I’m very excited about coming to America to race Indy cars,” said Palou. “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.”
For Coyne, half of the team’s driver lineup is now confirmed for next season. The 22-year-old Palou is poised to run alongside fellow youngster Santino Ferrucci in 2020, though the details of Ferrucci’s participation for next season have yet to be confirmed.
“We’re very pleased to partner with our friend of many years Kazumichi Goh in this collaborative effort for 2020,” said team 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.”
The wildcard in this entry is Team Goh. The group won the 1996 Japanese Grand Touring Championship and won the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans as a privateer entry. Kazumichi Goh leads the team, and the Japanese owner has dipped the toe in IndyCar’s waters to continue building a relationship with Palou.
“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 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 24 Hour Race with our overall win thanks to great team collaboration between Alex and Dale Coyne Racing.”
Dale Coyne Racing notes that more details about their 2020 driver lineup will be revealed “at the beginning of the new year,” and that testing for DCR will resume in February in preparation for the 2020 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Header image by TCS Nakajima Racing.