One day after the groundbreaking news that his IndyCar team had filed a civil lawsuit against him in Marion County Superior Court, Alex Palou’s attorneys have responded.
Regarding Palou’s pending lawsuit against Chip Ganassi Racing, Palou’s attorney Rachel E. Epstein of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan provided this statement to IndyStar:
“We are disappointed that Chip Ganassi Racing would attempt to keep Alex from an opportunity to compete in Formula One, and even more so with CGR’s public court filings and continued commentary to the press on this matter,” the statement read. “Alex has consistently given his very best effort to CGR and it is unfortunate that CGR would attempt to deny Alex this opportunity. We would hope the parties can resolve this amicably, but if not, we look forward to resolving this matter in a private arbitration , as CGR has requested.”
Though CGR’s complaint in the case is currently sealed from the public, IndyStar confirmed the lawsuit is in response to Palou’s ongoing contract saga that involves Ganassi and McLaren Racing. Just after 3 pm on July 12, CGR issued a news release stating the team had picked up the team option it held on Palou’s contract for the 2023 season, tying the 2021 champ to his No. 10 Honda rides for at least one more year.
Less than four hours later, Palou denounced the release, writing in a series of tweets that the release had included a quote attributed to him that neither he nor his management team had approved or provided. He went on to say that he had informed CGR that he did not intend to drive