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Herta, Honda Win Monterey Season Finale, Manufacturers’ Title

Herta, Honda Win Monterey Season Finale, Manufacturers’ Title

Colton Herta proves unstoppable at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Scott Dixon secures Manufacturers’ Championship for Honda with third-place result
Felix Rosenqvist finishes fifth to claim series Rookie of the Year honors

 

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 22, 2019) – Rookie standout Colton Herta led 83 of 90 laps in today’s season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey to earn his second NTT IndyCar Series victory of 2019, and the eighth win of the year for Honda, which claimed its second consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship over season-long rival Chevrolet.

 

Starting from the pole, Herta led throughout the day, but was pursued for the duration of the 90-lap contest by a series of rivals, including fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon, championship contender Simon Pagenaud and eventual second-place finisher Will Power.  Power provided the strongest challenge to Herta following the final round of pit stops around Lap 65, but the rookie proved up to the task, and held on to take the victory by just over a half second at the checkers.

 

Just over six seconds behind the lead pair, five-time series champion Dixon battled with Pagenaud throughout the final 25 laps, edging his rival at the finish by 11 one-hundredths of a second to finish third and help secure the Manufacturers’ Championship for Honda by 49 points [1436-1387].  The title is the eighth for Honda in IndyCar Series racing with multi-manufacturer competition, and its second in succession.

 

Although Herta won twice this season – his first victory coming at Circuit of the Americas in March – Felix Rosenqvist capped his own year of consistent high finishes with a fifth-place result today to claim Rookie of the Year honors.  Rosenqvist had six top-five results this season, including second-place finishes at Mid-Ohio and Portland.

 

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Sunday’s race concludes the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series.  The 2020 season gets underway on March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Quotes

Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda)Started first, finished first, second race win of 2019 in his rookie IndyCar Series seasonIt was a tough race. I was either getting hounded by Dixon, or Pagenaud, or Power the whole time, so they definitely didn’t make it easy on me. But yeah, happy to kind of put together what we had in Portland and learn from our mistakes of the tire-wear issues and go forward with it. Whenever you win an IndyCar race, it has to be a perfect race. You can’t really make mistakes and get away with it, just because there’s always two or three other guys on that day that can win. For sure, there were a few guys that could win today, and we just outdid them. We had the pace on them, and we were definitely the best today, so we definitely deserved to win.

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started second, finished third to clinch Honda’s eighth IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship“The car was by far better on the ‘Red’ [alternate, softer compound]Firestone tires than the black primaries. There was a ton of tire degradation, and it kind of threw us for a loop. It’s a great result for [primary sponsor] PNC Bank; great for Honda winning the Manufacturer title; and great for [teammate] Felix [Rosenqvist] for the Rookie title. It was a hard-fought battle with Simon [Pagenaud] at the end, and I hope it was a good show as we haven’t been back at Laguna Seca for some time.”

 

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started third, finished sixth, third in the Drivers’ Championship:I think the ‘blacks’ [harder compound primary tires] were much friendlier for us, which was unfortunate because we started on the used [softer compound] ‘reds. We made the decision to go opposite of the two cars in front at the start because we knew we were ultimately racing them.  We took a gamble. We were pretty committed to trying to do something different, and if we ended up third swinging, it was better than just being complacent and coming home second.  It was a risk that didn’t pay off, unfortunately, but yeah, it was — it just wasn’t meant to be.

 

Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 14th, finished fifth, won 2019 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year honors:  “Today was exciting, with [fellow rookie] Colton [Herta] starting P1 and us in 14th for the Rookie battle. He led almost every lap. We managed to pass a ton of cars and executed perfectly. It’s well-deserved for all the NTT DATA guys on a season-long effort. I think I used a lot of anger from yesterday to move forward [in the race]. It was a great way to finish the season and I can’t wait until next year with this team.”

 

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on Honda’s championship-winning 2019 IndyCar Series season, second consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship for Honda and eighth in IndyCar Seriescompetition: “This award is shared equally by all of our associates at Honda Performance Development. It is through their unstinting efforts that we now get to share this award with them. I also want to thank all of our partner teams, each of which contributed to our successful title defense.  A win today from our youngest driver, and newest team, helps demonstrate the overall depth of the Honda Racing effort and bodes well for the future.  We were fortunate to have multiple promising rookies as part of our IndyCar program this year, so congratulations to Felix Rosenqvist for becoming Rookie of the Year.  Thanks to Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon for again taking the title chase down to the final race of the season, and to all of our drivers for their commitment to excellence.”

 

 

NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Circuit:​​WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile road course) Monterey, Calif.

Weather:Sunny, mild, 73 degrees F

 

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

Laps

Notes

 1.

 1.

Colton Herta-R

Harding Steinbrenner

Honda

90

106.057 mph average

 2.

 7.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

90

+0.5878 seconds

 3.

 2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

90

 

 4.

 6.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

90

 

 5.

14.

Felix Rosenqvist-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

90

 

 6.

 3.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

90

 

 7.

19.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan

Honda

90

 

 8.

 4.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

90

 

 9.

 5.

James Hinchcliffe

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

Honda

90

 

10.

 9.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

90

 

Other Honda Results

11.

11.

Marcus Ericsson-R

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

Honda

90

 

12.

 8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

90

 

14.

22.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

90

 

18.

17.

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Honda

90

 

19.

24.

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Honda

90

 

21.

16.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

89

Running

22.

13.

Conor Daly

Andretti Autosport

Honda

89

Running

24.

12.

Santino Ferrucci-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

48

Did not finish – contact  

 

 

Herta Leads Honda Sweep Indy Car Qualifying In Monterey

  Colton Herta claims IndyCar Series pole at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi round out top three qualifiers for Honda Sunday’s season finale will determine drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles MONTEREY, Calif. (September 21, 2019) – NTT IndyCar Series rookie standout Colton Herta edged five-time series champion Scott Dixon to claim the pole…

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Hunter-Reay, Honda Head Indy Car Field In Monterey

 

Hunter-Reay, Honda Head Indy Car Field In Monterey

Ryan Hunter-Reay tops the time charts in opening day of practice at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Rookie of the Year contenders Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta round out top three
Title contender Alexander Rossi leads his championship rivals

 

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 20, 2019) – Honda-powered Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way today at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in the opening day of NTT IndyCar Series practice in preparation for Sunday’s season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Marking the return of Indy car racing to the Monterey peninsula for the first time in 14 years, Hunter-Reay’s best lap time of 1:09.9105 edged fellow Honda racer Alexander Rossi by just two-hundredths of a second to claim honors for the day.

 

Championship contender Rossi, who enters the weekend 41 points behind leader Josef Newgarden with 100 points on offer for the race winner, ended the day fourth overall.  His primary title rivals, Simon Pagenaud and Newgarden, ended the day fifth and seventh, respectively.

 

Activities continue Saturday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with final practice and qualifying for Sunday’s 90-lap race. Television coverage of the finalround of the 2019 season begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) Fastest inFriday practiceI’m feeling better about the car, but it’s still very tricky out there. There’s a very small window to get it right. I’m not really resting on this one, we have a lot more to do still. It’s tough out there for everyone, and the margin is very, very thin. I think we can still make the car better. We’re going to work to head in the right direction and hopefully put the DHL car on the front row.”

 

 

NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Circuit:​​WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile road course) Monterey, Calif.

Weather:Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F

 

Top-10, Honda Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

 1.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:09.9105

115.244 mph average

 2.

Felix Rosenqvist-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:09.9305

 

 3.

Colton Herta-R

Harding Steinbrenner Racing

Honda

1:09.9317

 

 4.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:10.0988

 

 5.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:10.1352

 

 6.

Santino Ferrucci-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:10.2066

 

 7.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:10.2248

 

 8.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:10.2722

 

 9.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:10.3350

 

10.

Marcus Ericsson

Arrow Schmidt Peterson  

Honda

1:10.3910

 

Other Honda Results

12.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:10.4426

 

13.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:10.4468

 

15.

Conor Daly

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:10.4633

 

17.

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:10.6620

 

19.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan

Honda

1:10.7071

 

20.

James Hinchcliffe

Arrow Schmidt Peterson  

Honda

1:10.7730

 

21.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:10.8807

 

24.

Jack Havey

Meyer Shank Racing

Honda

1:11.0584

 

Rosenqvist Runs Second for Honda in Portland

  • Rookie Felix Rosenqvist equals season-best result with second-place finish
  • Alexander Rossi keeps championship hopes alive with third-place result
  • Honda continues to lead Manufacturers’ Championship with one race remaining

PORTLAND, Ore. (September 1, 2019) – Podium results for rookie Felix Rosenqvist and championship contender Alexander Rossi highlighted the Honda effort Sunday at the Grand Prix of Portland. Rosenqvist equaled his career-best finish with a second-place result at Portland International Raceway, while Rossi moved into second place in the season-long Drivers’ Championship, with one race remaining in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series, following his third-place run.

The 105-lap contest got off to a rocky start with a multi-car collision which ended the day for four Honda drivers, including the eighth-starting James Hinchcliffe and his Arrow Schmidt Peterson teammate, Conor Daly, who had started ninth. Just after the race went green on Lap 12, another collision ended the day prematurely for the fourth-starting Meyer Shank Racing driver, Jack Harvey, and sent Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay behind the pit wall for repairs.

Pole qualifier Colton Herta led the opening 36 laps in his Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda, but eventually gave way to Scott Dixon and went on to a fourth-place finish. In search of his second victory of the season, Dixon took his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to a three-second lead on the field on Lap 50, but lost power on Lap 52 and coasted into pit lane. A long stop to replace the battery dropped Dixon three laps off the lead and effectively ended his hopes for a sixth IndyCar Series title.

Dixon’s Ganassi teammate, Rosenqvist, moved into second place mid-race and went on to trail race winner Will Power to the checkers, equaling his runner-up result from Mid-Ohio in July. Although not in position to challenge for the victory, a third-place result for Rossi sees him headed to the September 22 season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca second in the drivers’ title fight, 41 points behind leader Josef Newgarden. Meanwhile, Honda unofficially leads the Manufacturers’ Championship by 34 points.

Next

The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads south to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, for the September 22, double-points paying Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. The season-ending race, to determine the 2019 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ championships, will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network starting at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Quotes

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started seventh, finished third: “It is not that I wanted more [for himself], I just wanted less for [championship points leader Josef] Newgarden. I don’t think we had a race-winning car today, unfortunately. The #27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys did a good job. We maximized what we had. Starting in seventh and finishing on the podium is a good day. We finished in front of our championship rival. It will be pretty intense in California [for the season finale race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca], but I am looking forward to it.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started fifth, finished second, equaling career-best result from Mid-Ohio: “I thought it was a great race for us in the #10 NTT DATA Honda. I think we were stronger than Chevy on fuel mileage. The team really did a nice job. We had really good pace on the [softer compound Firestone] ‘Red’ tires, but Will Power and Penske did a little bit better on [harder compound] ‘Black’ tires. We moved up from fifth to second, and it’s a strong result. We still have another chance to win at Laguna Seca, and that’s what I’ll be focused on in a few weeks.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started third, led 11 laps, finished 16th after long pit stop to replace the battery: “Obviously not the result that we wanted with the #9 PNC Bank car. We had a great car, and it was clean sailing out front for us in the lead. The team did a great job. We just lost power and when that happens you can’t shift and you can’t use the clutch. Luckily, we were able to get to pit lane so the crew could get us to the pit box [to replace the battery]. I just hate giving away an easy win like that. Congrats to Felix [Rosenqvist] on finishing second. That’s the second time he’s done that in just the past few races, so good job there. The last two races haven’t been the best for us in terms of luck, but we’ll just focus now on winning at Laguna Seca.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda IndyCar Series race in Portland: “It was great to see Colton [Herta] win the pole on Saturday and have another stong race today. He continues to impress us in his rookie IndyCar season, and another Honda rookie, Felix Rosenqvist went to the front today for his second podium finish of the year. It unfortunate that events out of their control ended what could have been great results for Scott Dixon and Jack Harvey, but another podium result for Alexander [Rossi] keeps him in the championship hunt going into the last race of the year in two weeks. The battle for the Manufacturers’ Championship also is going to go down to the final race at Laguna Seca, and everyone at Honda Performance Development will be giving all they have as we work to repeat our title run from 2018.”

NTT IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland

Circuit:                   Portland International Raceway (1.9-mile road course) Portland, Oregon

2018 Winner:     Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 102.971 mph average speed

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 83 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver       Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
1. 2. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 105 104.225 mph average
2. 5. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 105 +2.7885 seconds
3. 7. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 105  
4. 1. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Honda 105  
5. 13. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 105  
6. 10. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 105  
7. 18. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 105  
8. 21. Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet 105  
9. 12. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda 105  
10. 22. Charlie Kimball Carlin Racing Chevrolet 105  

Other Honda Results

13. 16. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 104 Running
15. 17. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 103 Running
16. 3. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 102 Running
17. 14. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 96 Did not finish – mechanical
18. 6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 81 Running – delayed
19. 4. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda 13 Did not finish – contact
20. 8. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda  0 Did not finish – contact
21. 9. Conor Daly Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda  0 Did not finish – contact
22. 11. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda  0 Did not finish – contact
23. 15. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    0 Did not finish – contact

 

Herta, Honda Claim Portland Pole

  • Rookie Colton Herta uses final-lap run to score his second pole of 2019
  • Scott Dixon to start third, Jack Harvey fourth
  • Honda drivers take five of “Fast Six” final-round qualifying positions

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 31, 2019) – After leading practice on Friday, Honda-powered rookie Colton Herta again led the way today at Portland International Raceway today, claiming the pole on his final qualifying lap for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland.

Advancing through the first two rounds of NTT IndyCar Series knockout qualifying, Herta trailed early-pace setter Will Power after all six final-round qualifiers made their initial laps. Exiting the pits with just over a minute remaining in the session, Herta posted a lap of 57.8111 seconds around the 1.9-mile PIR road course to edge Power by 19 one-thousandths of a second. Today’s performance is the second IndyCar Series pole of the season for the 19-year-old rookie, with Herta’s first pole having come on the Road America road course in June.

Defending series champion Scott Dixon will start third as Honda drivers claimed five of the top six starting positions. Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Felix Rosenqvist, qualified fifth. Making just his ninth road course start of the season, Jack Harvey will start fourth for Meyer Shank Racing. Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the Fast Six qualifiers for Andretti Autosport.

Television coverage of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland, the 16th and next-to-last round of the 2019 season, begins at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC.

Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) Pole qualifier, second pole of 2019 and second career IndyCar Series pole: “We always planned to do three-and-one [three laps on the Firestone primary ‘Black’ sidewall tires, and one lap on the softer compound ‘Reds’ in the final round of qualifying]. We didn’t have it on the ‘Blacks’, I think we were like five-hundredths [of a second] off Will [Power]. Obviously, ‘Reds’ were the right choice and we pulled it off. It’s always a good day when you can beat Will Power in the Fast Six [final qualifying]. Before I knew we won the pole position, I went on the radio and heard everyone cheering, so to find out that way was really cool. This is awesome.”

NTT IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland

Circuit:                  Portland International Raceway (1.9-mile road course) Portland, Oregon

2018 Winner:     Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 102.971 mph average speed

Weather:           Mostly sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

Top-12, Honda Qualifying Results:

Ps. Driver       Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda 57.8111 122.302 mph average
2. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 57.8303 +0.0192 seconds
3. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 57.8355 Fast Six Final Qualifying
4. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing              Honda 58.1008 Fast Six Final Qualifying
5. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing              Honda 58.1620 Fast Six Final Qualifying
6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 58.1823 Fast Six Final Qualifying
7. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 57.8864 2nd Round Qualifying
8. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 57.9994 2nd Round Qualifying
9. Conor Daly Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 58.0192 2nd Round Qualifying
10. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 58.0415 2nd Round Qualifying
11. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 58.2149 2nd Round Qualifying
12. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan       Honda 58.3001 2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda Results

14. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 57.8476 1st Round, Group 2
15. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 57.9648 1st Round, Group 1
16. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 57.8527 1st Round, Group 2
17. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 57.9668 1st Round, Group 1

Herta, Honda Head Indy Car Field In Portland

  • Rookie Colton Herta tops the time charts in opening day of practice in Portland
  • Championship challenger Alexander Rossi runs second overall
  • Scott Dixon rounds out top three for Honda

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 30, 2019) – Honda-powered rookie Colton Herta led the way today at Portland International Raceway in the opening day of NTT IndyCar Series practice in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200. Herta’s best lap time of 57.4293 seconds, set around the 1.9-mile Portland circuit in the first of three Friday practice sessions, was 1.2 tenths of a second clear of fellow Honda racer Alexander Rossi.

Another Honda driver, defending series champion Scott Dixon, rounded out the top three in Friday’s practice sessions. Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais and James Hinchcliffe ran fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Honda drivers claimed eight of the top ten positions on the day, with Zach Veach running ninth and rookie Felix Rosenqvist, 10th.

Activities continue Saturday at Portland with final practice and qualifying for Sunday’s 105-lap race. Television coverage of the 16th and next-to-last round of the 2019 season begins at 3 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC.

Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) Fastest in Friday practice: “Great day today for the #88 Capstone Turbine Honda team! We were quickest overall today, so to I’m incredibly happy and really excited about qualifying tomorrow. I love racing at Portland International Raceway, it’s a blast to drive on. So looking forward to tomorrow!”

NTT IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland

Circuit:                             Portland International Raceway (1.9-mile road course) Portland, Oregon

2018 Winner:     Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 102.971 mph average speed

Weather:           Mostly sunny, mild, 76 degrees F

 

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps. Driver       Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda 57.4293 123.115 mph average
2. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 57.5538  
3. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 57.7922  
4. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 57.8504  
5. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 57.9006  
6. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan       Honda 57.9123  
7. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 57.9479  
8. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 57.9502  
9. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 57.9619  
10. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing              Honda 58.0262  

Other Honda Results

11. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 58.1618  
12. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 58.1906  
14. Jack Havey-R Meyer Shank Racing              Honda 58.2489  
15. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 58.3372  
19. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 58.4616  
22. Conor Daly Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 58.7111  

 

Sato, Honda Win Thriller in St. Louis

Sato, Honda Win Thriller in St. Louis

  • Takuma Sato holds off Ed Carpenter for his second win of 2019 
  • Santino Ferrucci impresses again with fourth-place finish
  • Seventh Honda IndyCar Series victory of the season

MADISON, Ill. (August 24, 2019) – Recovering in the best possible fashion following an opening-lap crash last weekend at Pocono Raceway, Takuma Sato took advantage of an off-sequence pit strategy and a fast Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda to win the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 after a thrilling duel with Ed Carpenter in the final laps.

A total of five caution flags and high tire wear led to numerous pit strategies during the 248-lap NTT IndyCar Series contest, the final oval race of the season, with some teams attempting to complete the race on just three stops, while others used various four-stop strategies.  Rahal Letterman Lanigan used a four-stop plan to perfection, with Sato emerging in the lead on Lap 188.  On slightly fresher tires, Carpenter closed the gap to the leader during the final 24-lap run to the checkers, but Sato held on for a narrow, 0.0399-second victory.  

For Sato, tonight’s win is his second of the year, following a road course victory at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in April, and his fifth career IndyCar Series win, which includes the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

The award for the most entertaining drive of the night, however, went to rookie Santino Ferrucci, who led a race-high 97 laps in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda and battled former series champions Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden for third in the closing laps.  His fourth-place finish equals his best previous efforts this year from Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Championship contender Alexander Rossi had a fast Honda throughout the race, but was one of the drivers caught out by pit strategy and ill-timed caution flags, relegating him to a disappointing 13th-place finish, one lap down to the leaders.

Defending series champion Scott Dixon’s hopes of a repeat title also took a hit tonight when debris penetrated his radiator on the opening lap.  The resulting coolant leak forced Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing team to take the car behind the wall for extended repairs.  He returned to the track near the midpoint of the 248-lap race and finished 20th, ending a streak of four consecutive first or second-place finishes.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s IndyCar Series action from St. Louis are available on the HPD Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

Next

The NTT IndyCar Series continues its stretch run to the finish of the 2019 season and heads to the Pacific Northwest for next weekend’s penultimate race, and the September 1 Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway.

Quotes

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) Started fifth, finished first, second IndyCar win of 2019, fifth career victory: “For sure, we were a little lucky in terms of strategy, but we were fast all night.  It was tough, I lost momentum [and multiple positions] twice tonight in traffic, but we made it happen tonight.  Big thank you to the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team, it’s an incredible team.  I think our most important run was the one before our [second-to-last] pit stop.  We were able to run at a very high pace throughout that run, and that kept us on the lead lap when we made our [final] stop.  That was a very significant moment for us tonight.”

Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing Honda) Started sixth, led 97 laps and finished fourth, equaling his season-best finishes from Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway: “We had a strong race car all night.  We were able to run out front all night and, quite frankly, our race car was good enough to win this thing.  At the end, I was really trying to get ‘TK’ [Tony Kanaan, for third place], but I nearly lost the car and got up in the ‘marbles’ and I did what I had to do to save the car. It was tough having to save fuel at the end [to make the finish], but all-in-all, I’m pretty happy to come home with another top-five finish.”

Steve Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) on tonight’s race, Honda’s seventh IndyCar Series race win of 2019: “It was great redemption for Takuma [Sato] following the challenges of last week, and a thrilling drive by Santino which kept us all on the edge of our seats.  It’s great to add an oval track victory to our total for the season.  Congratulations to our partner teams, and all the HPD associates who worked so hard to get us back to Victory Lane.”

NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500

Circuit: World Wide Technology Raceway (1.25-mile oval) Madison, IL

2018 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske)155.644 mph average

Weather: Clear, mild, 74 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
  1.   5. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 248   136.874 mph average
  2. 27. Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet  248 +0.0399 seconds    
  3. 20. Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet  248       
  4.   6. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing  Honda   248
  5.   4. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet  248
  6. 18. Conor Daly Carlin Racing Chevrolet  248       
  7.   1. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet  248
  8.   9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda   248  
  9. 12. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner   Honda   248     
10. 22. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda   248

Other Honda Results

11. 10. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda  248 Running
12.   7. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson  Honda  247   Running 
13. 11. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda   247 Running 
14. 15. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda   247 Running
16. 14. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson  Honda  247 Running
18. 16. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 226 Did not finish – mechanical   
19.   2. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda   189 Did not finish – crash  
20.   8. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing  Honda   136     Did not finish – mechanical 

Bourdais Runs Second for Honda in St. Louis Qualifying

 

Bourdais Runs Second for Honda in St. LouisQualifying

Sebastien Bourdais Qualifies Second at World Wide Technology Raceway
Teammate Santino Ferrucci leads rookie field, will start sixth
Honda drivers claim seven of top 10 qualifying spots

 

MADISON, Ill. (August 23, 2019) – Sebastien Bourdais led the Honda field today at World Wide Technology Racewayin qualifying for Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500.  The outside front row start is the best of the 2019 season for the veteran Bourdais and his best qualifying performance at 1.25-mile WWT oval, located just outside of St. Louis.

 

Takuma Sato rebounded from his opening-lap crash last week at Pocono Raceway to qualify fifth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda with Bourdais’ Dale Coyne Racing teammate, Santino Ferrucci, leading the rookie field at WWT Raceway with the sixth-fastest qualifying run.

 

The fourth row of the 22-car starting field will be headed by the Honda of James Hinchcliffe in seventh, with championship contender Scott Dixon lining up eighth.  Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay will start ninth, with Felix Rosenqvist rounding out the top 10 in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

 

Live television coverage of Saturday’s 248-lap race, the final oval race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, starts at 8 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Sebastien Bourdais (DCR with Vasser-Sullivan RacingHonda) Qualified secondA front-row start, we’ll definitely take it.  This [track] is like ‘full commitment’, feeling out the car [on the warmup lap] and the tires, and then just really ‘working it’ on the timed laps.  You’ve got to trust your car, and you’ve really got to ‘send it’ into the corners, it’s a lot of commitment.  The consequences [of a mistake] are pretty high, too.  It’s not like you’re going around at 120 mph [here].  Average speed is 185, 186 mph.  That means we’re entering Turn One at Two-oh-something (200+ mph).  It’s substantial, but I really enjoy it.”

 

NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500

Circuit:​​World Wide Technology Raceway (1.25-mile oval) Madison, IL

2018 Winner:Will Power (Team Penske)155.644 mph average

Weather:Mostly sunny, warm, 81 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

Speed mph

Notes

1.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

186.508

 

 2.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan

Honda

185.927

 

3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

185.896

 

 4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

185.143

 

 5.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

185.050

 

 6.

Santino Ferrucci-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

184.830

 

 7.

James Hinchcliffe

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

Honda

184.452

 

 8.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

184.293

 

9.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

184.206

 

10.

Felix Rosenqvist-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

184.130

 

Other Honda Results

11.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

184.070

 

12.

Colton Herta

Harding Steinbrenner Racing

Honda

183.399

 

14.

Marcus Ericsson-R

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

Honda

183.130

 

15.

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Honda

182.547

 

16.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

182.065

 

22.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

175.192

 

Colton Parayko of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues to Ride in “Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports”

Parayko will take a high-speed ride in the Honda-powered two-seat Indy car on Saturday, August 24, at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Two major Honda marketing partnerships – NHL® and the NTT IndyCar Series® brought together by Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports Madison, Ill., Aug. 23, 2019 – Colton Parayko of the 2019 Stanley Cup…

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Dixon Runs Second for Honda in Rain-Shortened Pocono Event

  Scott Dixon continues championship defense with runner-up finish Santino Ferrucci impresses with fourth-place finish Opening-lap crash damages Alexander Rossi’s championship effort LONG POND, Pa. (August 18, 2019) – Avoiding an opening-lap crash that eliminated or delayed five Honda drivers – including championship contender Alexander Rossi – Scott Dixon contended for the race victory throughout…

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