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Palou in Frame for Rolex 24 Debut With CGR

NTT IndyCar Series champion to test Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R…

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Newly crowned NTT IndyCar Series champion Alex Palou is expected to test with Chip Ganassi Racing this week with an eye towards making his Rolex 24 at Daytona debut as part of the team’s DPi effort.

The 24-year-old Spaniard is slated to be part of CGR’s driving roster during this week’s two-day test at Daytona International Speedway, alongside Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon and Kevin Magnussen.

Fellow CGR IndyCar driver Marcus Ericsson is also believed to be on hand for the test, which gets underway on Tuesday.

Palou, who took part in the 2019 Super GT season in a McLaren 720S GT3, is expected to be making his prototype debut ahead of a possible run in next month’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.

CGR has so far only confirmed it full-season drivers for the team’s newly expanded two-car Cadillac DPi-V.R effort with van der Zande, Earl Bamber, Sebastien Bourdais and Alex Lynn. Full season driver pairings have not been announced.

Dixon is again expected to be part of the lineup for at least Daytona while Magnussen could take part in selected races that do not conflict with his Peugeot duties in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

A number of other drivers are slated to turn laps for the first time of Daytona this week including Jose Maria Lopez in the No. 48 Action Express Racing Cadillac, Louis Deletraz in Tower Motorsport by Starworks’ LMP2 entry as well as an undisclosed prototype veteran with Wayne Taylor Racing.

Anthony Florio contributed to this report

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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