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Honda St. Pete – Season Opener Report

Bourdais Leads Honda Sweep of Indy Car Season Opener Sebastien Bourdais wins in St. Petersburg as Honda sweeps top six positions Victory duel between Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi ends with late-race contact Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing score second consecutive St. Petersburg win for Honda St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 10, 2018) – A thrilling…

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Wickens Claims Pole for Honda in IndyCar Series Debut

Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports score first pole of 2018 season Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato also advance to final qualifying in damp conditions ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 10, 2018) – Robert Wickens, a veteran race winner in the highly competitive DTM Championship in Germany but a rookie in Verizon IndyCar Series competition, prevailed in tricky,…

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Honda Drivers, Teams Ready for 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series

Lineup features eight IndyCar Series race winners, including three series champions, four Indianapolis 500 winners 2018 universal aero kit debuts Season opens Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida TORRANCE, Calif. (March 5, 2018) – Eight race winners, four Indianapolis 500 champions and three former series title holders – with a combined nine series championships – make…

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Honda, Sato Lead the Way at Indy Car Pre-Season Open Test

Honda, Sato Lead the Way at Indy Car Pre-Season Open Test
• Takuma Sato quickest in three of four practice sessions
• Graham Rahal and new teammate Sato run 1-2 Friday night as Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Lanigan drivers lead every full-field session
• 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series opens March 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 10, 2018) – Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato dominated the time sheets Friday and Saturday at ISM Raceway, leading three of four full-field practice sessions and finishing second to teammate Graham Rahal in the fourth during the Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test in preparation for the 2018 season.

The Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing duo paced the 23-driver field throughout the two-day event, which included afternoon and evening sessions each day. Sato led the first three-hour session on Friday, and both practices on Saturday, while teammate Rahal and Sato ran 1-2 on Friday night.

Rahal ended the test fifth overall as Honda drivers claimed six of the top-10 speeds in the combined results. Andretti Autosport drivers Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Scott Dixon ended the test ranked eighth, despite a crash in the final 45 minutes of the final practice, while Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-10 in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opens on March 11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner, fastest in IndyCar Series Open Test this weekend at ISM Raceway: “The open test was very successful, I would say. There were a lot of things to do, and lots of things to be tried. I think over the course of two days we learned a lot. The new car is great [with a new aerokit bodywork for 2018], definitely more exercise for the drivers, definitely busier with low downforce. We did qualifying simulations and race traffic runs. I think the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team is really strong, so I’m really looking forward to two more road course tests [prior to the start of the season], and hopefully we’ll be ready for St. Petersburg.”

Allen Miller (Race Team Principal, Honda Performance Development) on this weekend’s open test: “This being a test weekend, you can’t read too much into the results, and there is still a lot of work for us to do prior to the start of the season. But we are very satisfied with the results from these last two days here at ISM Raceway. We’re looking forward to the start of racing next month in St. Petersburg, and to seeking our fifth victory in the last seven years at the Indianapolis 500.”

Honda Qualifying Effort at Sonoma

Sato, Dixon Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Sonoma Takuma Sato to start season-ending race from fifth Scott Dixon, seeking his fifth IndyCar Series drivers’ championship, will start sixth Title to be decided in Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (September 16, 2017) – Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Honda’s leading contender for…

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Honda IndyCar Sonoma Talking Points

GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma The Raceway at Sonoma 6:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 17, 2017 NBC Sports Network IndyCar Radio Network Broadcast and Live Stream COMPETITION   Honda comes to this weekend’s 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway having scored seven victories in 2017.  The company’s most recent victory came two…

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Hunter-Reay Leads Honda Field in Friday Practice at Sonoma

  Ryan Hunter-Reay ends opening day at Sonoma Raceway in fifth Watkins Glen race winner Alexander Rossi runs sixth Championship contender Scott Dixon posts seventh-fastest time   SONOMA, Calif. (September 15, 2017) – Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon – the drivers who completed an all-Honda podium two weeks ago at Watkins Glen –…

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Rossi Heads Honda Sweep at Watkins Glen

Alexander Rossi claims second career IndyCar victory, first of 2017 Scott Dixon closes on championship lead with second-place result Ryan Hunter-Reay completes 1-2-3 sweep for Honda WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 3, 2017) – Alexander Rossi led a 1-2-3 Honda sweep of the podium Sunday at the INDYCAR Grand Prix of the Glen, with Scott Dixon…

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Rossi, Honda Claim Pole at Watkins Glen

Rossi, Honda Take Pole at Watkins Glen
• Alexander Rossi claims career first IndyCar Series pole
• Scott Dixon qualifies second as Honda sweeps front row

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 2, 2017) – Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon swept the front row in qualifying, taking their Hondas to first and second in Verizon IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying at Watkins Glen International Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen.

Both drivers bettered the existing Watkins Glen lap record of 147.008 mph, set by Dixon last year. Although Rossi went 147.119 mph [with a time of 1:22.4639] to claim the pole in the final round, Dixon’s speed of 147.235 mph [1:22.4171] set in the second round – to advance him to the final – will be the new official mark.

In addition to Rossi and Dixon, Takuma Sato and Charlie Kimball both advanced to the final round of qualifying and will start fourth and fifth, respectively. Ryan Hunter-Reay will line up seventh, with Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal rounding out the top 10 for Honda.

Coverage of Sunday’s 60-lap event starts at 1 p.m. EDT, live on the NBC Sports Network. Overnight rain showers are in the forecast for the Watkins Glen area, which could significantly alter the complexion of tomorrow’s race.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) first career Indy car pole: “It was a big lap [when] we needed it. My team came on the radio and said, ‘you need at least a tenth.’ So, we went for it, dug deep, and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Andretti Honda got it. It’s amazing to finally accomplish this, especially on the back of the announcement [that he will be returning to Andretti Autosport and Honda in 2018] on Friday. I think it’s been a long time coming, so it’s just nice to finally get that. The whole team has been working so hard. They deserve this.”

Verizon IndyCar Series INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen
Circuit:​​Watkins Glen International Raceway (3.37-mile road course), Watkins Glen, N.Y.
2016 Winner:​Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 119.334 mph average
Weather:​Overcast, cool, 64 degrees F

Honda IndyCar Watkins Glen talking points

INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen
Watkins Glen International Raceway, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
1 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 3, 2017
NBC Sports Network
IMS Radio Network Live Stream and Broadcast


• This weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen will be the eighth appearance for the series at the classic upstate New York road course. Previous events were held here from 2005-2010, and in 2016.

• Honda drivers have won five of the seven Indy Car races here, with the most recent victory recorded at the 2010 race by the Honda Dallara of Team Penske’s Will Power.

• In addition to Power, Honda-powered victors at the Glen include Scott Dixon in 2006 and ’07; Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2008; and the late Justin Wilson in 2009 – the first Indy car victory for Dale Coyne Racing
• Honda is one of several event sponsors for the 2017 International Motor Racing Research Center Award Dinner Honoring Mario Andretti, which will be held Thursday night, August 31, at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y.


• Honda comes to Watkins Glen having scored six victories in 2017. Honda’s most recent victory came at Road America, as Scott Dixon scored his first win of 2017 and the 41st of his career. Dixon is currently second in the drivers’ championship with 516 points, 31 points behind series leader Josef Newgarden’s total of 547.

• Takuma Sato’s Indianapolis 500 victory in May was Honda’s 12th Indy triumph in the last 14 years. Sato is currently ranked eighth in the drivers’ championship, with 422 points.

• Other Honda race winners this year include Graham Rahal, who swept both rounds of the Detroit doubleheader race weekend; Sebastien Bourdais, winner of the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; and James Hinchcliffe at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. Each of the five Honda-powered teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series has won at least one race this year.

• Eight Honda drivers are currently among the top 12 in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. In addition to Dixon and Sato, the others include Rahal, sixth; Alexander Rossi, seventh; Tony Kanaan, ninth; Hinchcliffe, 10th; Ryan Hunter-Reay, 11th, and Max Chilton, 12th.

• Drivers and teams using Honda engines have won 225 Indy car races, both during years of multi-manufacturer competition (2004-05, 2012- ); and during Honda’s tenure as single engine supplier to the series (2006-11).

• Since its founding in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has grown from just a handful of staffers to approximately 150 associates; and from an engine-rebuilding facility, focused on a single racing series, to a complete motorsports Research & Development organization. HPD is currently engaged in programs ranging from the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA WeatherTech Championship to grassroots and entry-level categories including karting, Quarter Midgets and the new SCCA Formula 4 Championship.

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