IndyCar news: Alex Palou describes rival interest as 'amazing' amid rumors of Arrow McLaren switch

Alex Palou is contracted to Chip Ganassi Racing for the current season, but the reigning IndyCar world champion has rival teams fighting for his signature.

At just 25 years old, Alex Palou has become a world champion driver and continues to impress with current team Chip Ganassi Racing.

Palou is yet to claim a win this season, and currently sits fifth in the standings on 246 points, but there's no denying the Spaniard's incredible talent, and it's caught the eye of some rival IndyCar teams.

Most notably, Palou has been linked with a move to Arrow McLaren SP next season, with the F1-affiliated team looking to build a championship-winning partnership.

Palou's first priority will of course be defending his championship with Chip Ganassi this season, but he insists he is enjoying being a wanted figure in motorsports.

When asked if being linked to other teams is a distraction, Palou responded "Not at all. When there's people that, they want you for their projects, that's good, right? So I'm good with that.

"I like it. As long as it doesn't put it into the head of my people that are working on the car, I don't care. So yeah, it's good for me.

"I never was in that position of people saying that they wanted me for their team, their project. So, first time in my life, I love it.

"There's people that think it's a bad thing. And I'm like, oh, man, that's amazing."

Palou's concern of the team being affected by the news is reasonable - Chip Ganassi racing boast the championship leader Marcus Ericsson, and if Palou begins to flirt with rival teams, then there's every chance that he could fall below Ericsson in the team's pecking order.

But while it's a possibility, Palou backed his team to remain professional amid the links and rumours.

"Obviously when you win a championship and you're doing good stuff, I think it's normal that there's people interested in you.

"They've been in the business for long enough that they know. So as long as we keep doing what we're doing we'll be alright.

"And they are all experienced people, it's not like we're having 18-year-old guys working on the car and they suddenly listen to everything so they know what they're doing.

"They know I always give my best. And I know they do it as well."

But making a move right now would also pose a risk to Palou's championship hopes. He won last year's championship with Chip Ganassi Racing and the team are once again competing at the top for this year's title.

Meanwhile, McLaren are undergoing plenty of changes with Pato O'Ward and Alexander Rossi already confirmed as new drivers for next season.

It's certainly a storyline everyone will be keeping an eye on, but for now Palou claimed he's "happy" where he is.

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