Palou tops Tuesday Ganassi IndyCar test at Laguna Seca

Alex Palou in the #10 NTT Data Ganassi Honda showed his teammates the fast way around the Laguna Seca road course Tuesday in a private Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar test.

Palou’s lap of 1m11.46s was easily faster than his three other teammates. Marcus Ericsson was 2nd quick in the #8 Husky Chocolate Ganassi Honda, 0.59s behind Palou.

Veteran Scott Dixon was third quick in his #9 PNC Bank Honda 0.68s off the pace.

7-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson was slowest of the four drivers.  2-seconds off the pace at the lunch break, he was able to close the gap to 1.42s back by the end of the day.

Johnson simply needs more seat time to get used to the faster IndyCars after driving stock cars his entire career. But let’s give the retired NASCAR veteran some credit, rather than hanging up his gloves and spending the rest of his life relaxing and enjoying his millions, Johnson is tackling perhaps the biggest challenge of his career at the ripe old age of 45.

Tuesday Test Times

Pos No Name Time Diff Laps Engine Team
1 10 Alex Palou 1:11.46 0.00s 115 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
2 8 Marcus Ericsson 1:12.06 0.59s 88 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
3 9 Scott Dixon 1:12.14 0.68s 84 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 1:12.88 1.42s 127 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing


In the tweet below, Johnson admits he’s still not where he needs to be.