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Palou sweeps Friday sessions with quick qualy simulation at Thermal

Alex Palou swept Friday’s test sessions at The Thermal club, backing up his top morning time with another leading run during the three-hour afternoon session.

Palou’s 1m39.337s lap in the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda was well clear of Meyer Shank Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist (+0.443s) and the rest of the field, which had the two Honda representatives followed by the Chevy-powered Romain Grosjean (+0.812s) from Juncos Hollinger Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay (+0.888s) in another zip code.

Rounding out the top six, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lundgaard was fifth (+0.954s) and Team Penske’s Will Power was another step back (+1.123s).