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Honda Claims Third Consecutive INDYCAR title, Dixon His Sixth Drivers’ Championship at St. Petersburg Season Finale

  • Scott Dixon secures his sixth INDYCAR Drivers’ Title with third-place finish in Florida
  • Honda wins ninth Manufacturers’ Championship, and third consecutive title, with seven race wins and 15 additional podium finishes in 14-race season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2020) – Honda today claimed its ninth INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship – and third consecutive title – as Scott Dixon scored the 15th podium finish for the company this season and succeeded in earning his sixth Drivers’ title, highest among all active drivers and trailing only the legendary A.J. Foyt in career championships won.

For Honda and Honda Performance Development, the company’s North American racing division, today’s result marks the first championship “three-peat” of titles in the 27-year history of HPD.  Entering Indy car competition in 1994, Honda won its first manufacturers’ title in 1996.  Additional championships followed in 1998-99, 2001, 2004-05, and 2018-19. 

Dixon’s championship is the 17th for a Honda-powered Indy car driver, and the 11th with multi-manufacturer competition.  Now a Honda Indy car team owner, Jimmy Vasser won Honda’s first drivers’ title in 1996.  Other Honda-powered Indy car champions include Alex Zanardi (1997-98); Juan Pablo Montoya (1999); Gil de Ferran (2000-01); Tony Kanaan (2004); Dan Wheldon (2005); Sam Hornish Jr. (2006); Dario Franchitti (2007, 2009-11); and Dixon (2008, 2013, 2018, 2020).

Today’s 100-lap season finale took place in hot and very humid conditions, resulting in a brief, light rain shower with approximately 20 laps remaining.  Pole qualifier Will Power led the opening five laps, but was soon passed by Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, who went on to lead a race-high 61 laps before ending his day with wall contact on Lap 74. 

Other Honda-powered race leaders included Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, James Hinchcliffe and Alex Palou.  But shortly after Rossi’s crash, Herta also slid off course, leading to an 11th-place finish.  Just moments later, Hinchcliffe was the next to fall victim to the tricky conditions, spinning in the final turn and then colliding with fellow Honda driver Jack Harvey as he attempted to rejoin the circuit.  Both would have to pit for repairs, dropping them out of the lead pack.  Palou’s fuel gamble came up this a few laps shy of a podium finish, as his late stop for a splash dropped him to 13th at the checkers. 

Meanwhile, after starting 11th – and needing only a top-10 finish to clinch the title – Dixon methodically worked his way to the front, moving into third on Lap 80.  Combined with four wins during the 14-race season, the podium result was more than enough for Dixon to claim the title.


Sunday’s race concludes Honda’s championship-winning 2020 NTT IndyCar Series.  The 2021 season gets underway March 7, with a return to the Florida Gulf Coast for the next running of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Honda Racing social media content and videos from the season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are available on Instagram (, Facebook ( and Twitter (  


Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 11th, finished third; has won his sixth INDYCAR Drivers’ Championship: “It’s all the team. I can’t thank everybody on this team enough. Obviously, [team owner] Chip [Ganassi], [race directors] Mike [Hull] and Barry [Wanser]; and everybody involved – Honda. I’m proud to be powered by Honda and what they’ve been able to pull out this year. They nailed it. Big thanks to everybody. My family – I’m glad my [daughters] and [spouse] Emma are here. I can’t thank everybody enough. PNC Bank, two out of three years (as champion) – that’s pretty good going.”

 “It’s never just one thing or one person. For me, it’s about the team effort. We had a lot of [internal] changes in the offseason. And we know next year is going to be the same, but huge thanks again to everyone on the team. Now we’re going to have a beer.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s season-ending race, Honda’s ninth – and third consecutive – Manufacturers’ Championship and Scott Dixon’s sixth Drivers’ Title: “Thank you ‘Team HPD’.  Every one of you played an important role in this historic achievement, throughout the off-season and all through this year.  You executed against adversity, and never lifted off the throttle.  We dominated the Indianapolis 500 and brought home the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships, and that is an enormous accomplishment.  To our partner teams, INDYCAR and our competitors:  job well done in 2020, thank you all.  We will celebrate tonight, but our next goal is to bring even more Honda power to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021.”

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Circuit:       Bayfront Park/Albert Whitted Airport (1.8-mile temporary street circuit) St. Petersburg, FL

Weather:     Sunny, hot, humid, 89 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.St.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  8.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet10085.572 mph average (6 cautions)
  2.  6.Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SPChevrolet100+4.1409 seconds
  3.11.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda100 
  4.  7.Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet100 
  5.19.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda  100  
  6.12.Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeChevrolet100 
  7.15.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda100  
  8.20.Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet100 
  9.17.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda100 
10.13.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda100   

Other Honda Results

11.  3.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda  100 Running
13.16.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda  100  Running
14.  4.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportHonda  100Running
18.22.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda  98Running
19.  5.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda  97 Running
20.23.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda    74Did not finish – contact
21.  2.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda    69Did not finish – contact
23.18.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda    40Did not finish – contact

Front-Row Start for Rossi, Honda in INDYCAR finale

  • Alexander Rossi qualifies second in St. Petersburg for final INDYCAR race of 2020
  • Honda’s Colton Herta, Jack Harvey and James Hinchcliffe also advance to the “Fast Six” final qualifying round
  • Championship leader Scott Dixon to start 11th

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2020) – Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport led the way for Honda today in qualifying for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, final race in the 14-round 2020 NTT INDYCAR Series season.

Rossi’s fast lap was just over a tenth of a second off the pole-winning time of Will Power, while his Andretti Autosport teammate, Colton Herta, will start third.  Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey qualified fourth, with James Hinchcliffe making it four Hondas in the top five in his Andretti Autosport machine.

Championship leader Scott Dixon, who can clinch his sixth INDYCAR title tomorrow, will start 11th, as Honda also seeks its ninth, and third consecutive, Manufacturers’ Championship.  Sunday’s championship-determining, 100-lap Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on NBC.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) second-fastest qualifier: “I think we got better in every round of qualifying. We started the weekend strong in practice, so I think that’s a huge difference maker on these weekends when you only have the one practice session. It’s a really good effort for the team to do the ‘off-line’ [pre-race setup] development – we haven’t been to a street course yet this year, so for Honda and Andretti Autosport to have three cars in the top six is a testament to that. I think we just have to keep chipping away at it and we’re in a good position to go and get that first win [of 2020] tomorrow.”

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Circuit:       Bayfront Park/Albert Whitted Airport (1.8-mile temporary street circuit) St. Petersburg, FL

Weather:     Sunny, warm, humid, 85 degrees F

Top 12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.Driver      TeamManufacturerBest TimeNotes
  1.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet1:01.0368125.116 mph average
  2.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda1:01.1730Fast Six final qualifying
  3.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda1:01.1815Fast Six final qualifying
  4.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda1:01.3626Fast Six final qualifying
  5.James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport Honda1:01.3675Fast Six final qualifying
  6.Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SPChevrolet1:01.7725Fast Six final qualifying
  7.Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet1:00.81022nd round qualifying
  8.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet1:00.86762nd round qualifying
  9.Rinus VeeKay-REd Carpenter RacingChevrolet1:00.88372nd round qualifying
10.Oliver Askew-RArrow McLaren SPChevrolet1:00.97722nd round qualifying
11.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda1:01.02832nd round qualifying
12.Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeChevrolet1:01.22982nd round qualifying

Other Honda Results

13.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda1:00.9423Round 1, Group 1
15.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing Honda1:00.9619Round 1, Group 1
16.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team Goh               Honda1:01.1630Round 1, Group 2
17.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda1:01.1458Round 1, Group 1
18.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-Sullivan     Honda1:01.1797Round 1, Group 2
19.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda1:01.1732Round 1, Group 1
22.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi Racing            Honda1:01.5224Round 1, Group 2
23.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda1:01.6833Round 1, Group 1

Harvest Grand Prix Race #2 Report

Herta, Rossi Podium Finishes Lead Honda Effort at Harvest Grand Prix

#88: Colton Herta, Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport Honda
  • Late-race charge from Colton Herta comes up just short as he finishes second
  • Alexander Rossi scores fourth consecutive podium result with third-place run
  • Honda takes Manufacturers’ Championship lead to season finale in St. Petersburg

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Oct. 3, 2020) – A late-race charge from Mid-Ohio race winner Colton Herta came up just short in today’s second race of the Harvest Grand Prix race weekend, as he finished less than a second behind race winner Will Power, on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fellow Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi finished third, for his fourth consecutive podium finish in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

The second-place finish for Herta helped Honda to maintain a 54-point lead over Chevrolet in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship [1057-1003] with a single race remaining in the 2020 season.  Dixon, who finished eighth in the caution-free race in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, goes to the St. Petersburg season finale later this month with a 32-point lead over rival Josef Newgarden.

Honda drivers claimed six of the top 10 positions in today’s 75-lap race, with Jack Harvey finishing a season-high sixth for Meyer Shank Racing, while Graham Rahal held off Dixon to finish seventh.  Alex Palou rounded out the top nine today in his Team Goh with Dale Coyne Racing Honda.


After the fifth doubleheader race weekend of 2020, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes the next two weekends off before concluding the season in Florida with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on October 23-25.

Honda Racing social media content and videos from the Harvest Grand Prix weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are available on Instagram (, Facebook ( and Twitter (  


Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started second, finished second: “The Capstone Honda was really good and I’m happy to be powered by HPD.  I think I kind of left everything out there [on track]. I used up a lot of my tires trying to catch back up to those guys. We just didn’t really have it at the end, I think I burned up the rears a little bit too much to the point where Will could hold me back. I do think we were a little bit faster than him, but, unfortunately, we just didn’t put it together in the first stint until too far back and that kind of hurt us going into the next two stints.”

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started third, finished third, fourth consecutive podium finish in 2020: “Ultimately, another good day. It was the best qualifying we’ve had all year, so it’s good to be able to finally start up front. I think our pace through the first two stints was good. I think myself, Will [Power] and Colton [Herta] were kind of in our own league and it was whoever could make the best, last stint happen. We went with [Firestone Primary] ‘Blacks’ because we thought it was a good option. We were the only car that did Blacks on the last stint. Ultimately, we tried something different – I’m not mad about it – but it was the wrong tire choice. Did it cost us the win? Maybe not. Did it cost us second? Probably. But, ultimately, four races [at Mid-Ohio and Indianapolis] and four podiums, we’re pretty happy.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 15th, finished eighth; leads drivers’ championship by 32 points with one race remaining: “It’s definitely been a trying last few race weekends. I’m still mad at myself for making that mistake at Mid-Ohio, and letting those [championship] points get away. As always, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES points title will come down to the last race. I’m just really proud of this PNC Bank team and everyone who works so hard to win. Honda has been pushing hard, and we’re always proud to be powered by them along with HPD. Congrats to Will [Power] and Josef [Newgarden] on the wins this weekend – that’s what we’ll be trying to do in St. Petersburg.”

David Salters (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today’s closing race of the Harvest GP weekend and Honda’s continuation in Indy car racing: “The closing laps of today’s race were exciting, as Colton [Herta] gave everything he had in search of the victory.  Now the championship fights – both manufacturers’ and driver – will once again go on to the final race of the season, and our team at HPD are ready to take the fight on to St. Petersburg.  We were excited to be part of today’s announcement securing the future of our participation in this great sport, and we’re already looking forward to the start of the new, hybrid era of Indy car racing.”


Circuit:       Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.439-mile road course) Indianapolis, IN

Weather:     Partly sunny, mild, 62 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.St.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  1.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet75119.115 mph average speed
  2.  2.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda  75   +0.8932 seconds
  3.  3.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda  75 
  4.  9.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet75 
  5.  5.Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SPChevrolet75 
  6.  7.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda75    
  7.10.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda75 
  8.15.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda75 
  9.  4.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda  75   
10.19.Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeChevrolet75 

Other Honda Results

11.  8.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda75Running
12.11.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda  75Running
13.13.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportHonda  75Running
14.17.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda75    Running
15.16.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda75   Running
16.  6.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda  75   Running
21.12.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda  74Running

Honda to Supply Next Generation INDYCAR Hybrid Power Units

Honda to Supply Next Generation INDYCAR Hybrid Power Units

  • Honda agrees to multi-year extension to continue INDYCAR competition
  • INDYCAR announces manufacturer agreement for 2.4-liter hybrid power unit formula
  • Honda hybrid power units to compete in NTT INDYCAR SERIES starting in 2023

TORRANCE, Calif., October 3, 2020 – Honda supports INDYCAR’s announcement of a new hybrid power unit formula, to take effect with the start of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Honda Performance Development (HPD) is readying a 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid power unit capable of producing more than 900 horsepower as INDYCAR moves toward an exciting new generation of pinnacle North American motorsport.

“Honda welcomes this step to the future by INDYCAR, action that mirrors Honda’s efforts to develop and manufacture high performance, electrified products that will meet industry challenges and delight our customers,” said Ted Klaus, president of Honda Performance Development. 

“At Honda, we race to develop our people, to innovate technologies and to engage fans. We are proud of our uninterrupted, 27-year leadership in INDYCAR, and look forward to delivering a next-generation Honda 2.4-liter hybrid power unit with more than 900 horsepower.”

The hybrid formula is part of a multi-year extension INDYCAR has reached with Honda and Chevrolet, which promises a continuation of manufacturer competition in North America’s pinnacle open-wheel racing series well into the next decade. The commitment also provides opportunities for additional manufacturers to join the series, which Honda strongly supports.


Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda (Photo Courtesy of Honda Performance Development)

The INDYCAR announcement aligns Honda’s North American racing programs with the company’s product development activities. Globally, Honda expects two-thirds of its new vehicles sales to be electrified by 2030. 

“American Honda and HPD are proud of our continuous, mutually beneficial relationship with INDYCAR in North America,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Motorsports and competition help define who we are as a company. INDYCAR’s transition to an electrified formula aligns with our business direction in this region. We look forward to the thrilling new era ahead in North American motorsports.”

Racing is ingrained in Honda’s culture and supports the company’s challenging spirit. A racer himself, company founder Soichiro Honda believed in competition – at the highest levels – as a means of improving Honda’s people and products. In North America, American Honda and Honda Performance Development have been leaders in Indy car racing since the formation of HPD in 1993. 

Honda and HPD entered Indy car competition in 1994, winning its first manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships in 1996. No other manufacturer has matched Honda’s success in Indy car, which includes 252 victories from 457 races, 16 drivers’ titles, eight manufacturers’ championships and 13 Indianapolis 500 victories

In 2020, Takuma Sato recorded Honda’s 13th Indianapolis 500 victory; Scott Dixon has posted four race wins and is the current NTT INDYCAR SERIES points leader; and Honda leads the Manufacturers’ Championship with seven wins from 11 races this season.

Rossi Runs Second For Honda at Harvest Grand Prix

#27: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda
  • Alexander Rossi fights his way forward for career-best result on IMS road course
  • Colton Herta leads 29 laps, finishes fourth; Honda drivers claim seven of the top 10 finishing positions
  • Honda maintains solid Manufacturers’ Championship lead

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Oct. 2, 2020) – Alexander Rossi and his Andretti Autosport team found a chassis setup that worked well in today’s cool conditions on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then overcame a track limits penalty and a series of wheel-to-wheel battles to finish second in today’s opening race of the Harvest Grand Prix doubleheader weekend. 

From the second row of the starting grid, Colton Herta slashed his way into the lead at the start of today’s 85-lap race, and went on to lead 29 laps before fading late in the race with handling issues to a fourth-place finish.  Following the final round of pit stops, several multi-car battles kept fans entertained, including a fight for second involving Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist and Herta; and a scrap for sixth place that included Will Power, along with Honda drivers Graham Rahal, championship leader Scott Dixon, Jack Harvey and Marcus Ericsson.

The second-place finish for Rossi helped Honda to maintain a 67-point lead over Chevrolet in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship [982-915] with two races remaining in the 2020 season.  Dixon, one of several drivers to struggle with tire wear on long runs in the caution-free race, nevertheless held on for a ninth-place finish in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.  Dixon now has a 40-point lead over today’s race winner, Josef Newgarden [478-438], heading into tomorrow’s second race of the weekend.


Today’s race was the opening round of a doubleheader Harvest Grand Prix weekend on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tomorrow’s 75-lap finale starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on NBC.

Honda Racing social media content and videos from the Harvest Grand Prix weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are available on Instagram (, Facebook ( and Twitter (  


Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started eighth, finished second: “The car was great, hats off to the #27 AutoNation Honda boys.  We’ve never been good here [on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course] previously, so to finish on the podium is fantastic. It’s a great testament to Honda, I’m proud to be powered by them. It’s been a huge effort by the team to find some sort of pace here, and I’m extremely grateful for all their hard work to get us on the podium today.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 12th, finished ninth; leads drivers’ championship by 40 points with two races remaining: “We just really struggled on the primary tires with the PNC Bank Honda today. We had a really bad start where Rahal just moved us out of the way. Once that got us out of line, we started to fall back and that really hurt. The other stint on blacks [Firestone primary tires] just really hurt us again for some reason. We must have lost 15-20 seconds [to the leaders]. But that’s the way it goes some days I guess. It was just really weird, and we need to get it figured out fast before Race Two here tomorrow.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s opening race of the Harvest GP weekend: “It was great to have fans back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and they were treated to some great racing action today. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get the results we were hoping for today, but Alexander Rossi and the #27 Honda team did a great job coming home second after some great racing with Colton Herta, Felix Rosenqvist and Graham Rahal as well. We’ll learn all we can from today’s race and refocus for the 75-lap run tomorrow.”


Circuit:       Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.439-mile road course) Indianapolis, IN

Weather:     Cloudy, cool, 59 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.St.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  2.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet85119.060 mph average
  2.  8.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda  85 +14.2940 seconds
  3.  1.Rinus VeeKay-REd Carpenter RacingChevrolet85 
  4.  3.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda  85    
  5.  7.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda85 
  6.  4.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet85 
  7.11.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda85 
  8.  6.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda85    
  9.12.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda85 
10.15.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda85    

Other Honda Results

14.18.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportHonda  85Running
15.20.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda  85Running
17.17.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda  85  Runnkng
18.24.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda85    Running
19.14.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda  85   Running
20.  5.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda  79Did not finish – mechanical

Honda Performance Development Names David Salters President

HPD President Ted Klaus
David Salters
  • HPD President Ted Klaus to retire December 1st following 30-year Honda career
  • Current Technical Director Salters to lead HPD into new electrified era in NorthAmerican motorsports
  • Following Indy 500 win, Honda tops INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship standings, seeking consecutive championships in INDYCAR and IMSA competition

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2020) – Honda Performance Development (HPD), which leads all Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America, today announced that David Salters will become the seventh president in its history, succeeding Ted Klaus, who will retire from HPD, effective Dec. 1, after a 30-year career with Honda.  

“Ted Klaus has been a great leader for Honda Performance Development, demonstrated by the success we have enjoyed in both IndyCar and IMSA racing in the two seasons he has led HPD,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we prepare for the exciting electrified era ahead in North American motorsports, we are confident in turning to someone with the experience of David Salters from inside HPD to lead us into the future.”

A veteran race engineer with more than a quarter century of experience in the world’s pinnacle racing series of Formula 1 and INDYCAR, Salters will lead HPD, founded in 1993, into an exciting new stage of North American motorsports, including the development of a new electrified power unit for INDYCAR.

Salters joined HPD in 2015 as a chief engineer and engine technical leader, serving as technical director since 2019. As president, he will have responsibility for overseeing Honda’s racing and engineering activities and working directly with the company’s racing teams and sponsors. Prior to joining HPD, Salters had a series of roles in high profile racing programs, including serving as the head of ICE power unit development for the Ferrari Formula 1 program, as head of F1 engine development at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines (formerly Ilmor) and as a development/design engineer for the CART Indy car program at Cosworth Racing Ltd.

“I am humbled to have this opportunity to lead HPD as we head into a new electrified era of North American pinnacle motorsport,” said Salters. “HPD is unique within the racing community, with so many technical capabilities under one roof that enable us to design and develop powertrains and complete vehicle performance. Looking forward, we will develop and showcase our technology and the skills of our associates through all forms of motorsport from karting all the way through to pinnacle racing in North America.”

Klaus, who became president of HPD in April 2019, joined Honda in 1990 at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio, where the company has a full-fledged product development center. He began his career as a chassis development engineer, evolving into a role as the company’s first chief vehicle dynamics evaluator. In 2013, Klaus took on the assignment of a lifetime, as the global development leader of the second-generation Acura NSX, which entered the U.S. market in 2016.

“Ted Klaus has been an incredibly inspirational leader and a true personification of Honda’s Challenging Spirit, something we will draw upon in the days ahead,” said Salters.

“It was always my goal to retire with a feeling of complete professional fulfillment and with one-hundred percent confidence in the leadership that will take HPD into the future,” said Klaus. “Dave Salters is the right leader, with the right background and experience for what will be an exciting new era for HPD and for racing in North America.”

Under Klaus’ guidance, HPD has delivered tremendous track success in 2019-2020. Honda successfully defending the Manufacturers’ Championship in 2019, recording eight wins in the season.  This year, with seven IndyCar wins in 11 races, Honda again leads the IndyCar Manufacturers’ Championship, as the company seeks a third consecutive title in 2020.

In IMSA competition, Klaus helped deliver multiple championships in the Daytona Prototype International and GT Daytona divisions in 2019; and is seeking a repeat in 2020, having scored three consecutive overall victories in the premier DPi division, with one win and three podium finishes in GTD utilizing the Acura NSX GT3 Evo.

About Honda Performance Development

Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers since 1993. From pinnacle racing in INDYCAR and IMSA Sports Cars to commercial racing programs, HPD powers the dreams of professional and amateur racers from age 4 to 40+. HPD is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and leads all of the Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America. HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, as well as technical and race support. HPD offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura amateur and professional motorsports racers and is continually expanding its palette of racing programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing.

Honda Racing message points for INDYCAR Harvest Grand Prix

Harvest Grand Prix
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Indianapolis, IN
Race 1 – 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
Race 2 – 2:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020
USA Network Friday; NBC Saturday
IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM


  • On the strength of seven race wins from 11 races, including and sweep of the top-five finishing positions at the Honda Indy 200 earlier this month, Honda has an 86-point lead in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship, with 910 points to 824 for Chevrolet.
  • Colton Herta won from the pole in his Andretti Autosport Honda in Sunday’s second race in a doubleheader weekend at Mid-Ohio, with teammates Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay completing the podium in second and third, respectively.  Graham Rahal and Marcus Ericsson completed the top five for Honda.
  • In August, Takuma Sato’s victory at Indianapolis was the 250th for Honda in Indy car competition since 1994, and the 13th win by the manufacturer at the “500” – a record unmatched by any other OEM in the same period.
  • Four of Honda’s victories this season have been scored by championship points leader Scott Dixon, winner the first three races (Texas Motor Speedway, the road course at the Indianapolis GP in July, the opening race in the doubleheader weekend at Road America and race one at World Wide Technology Raceway in August.  Dixon’s teammate Felix Rosenqvist won the second Road America in August to score his first Indy car victory.
  • Dixon now has 50 career Indy car victories as the veteran Chip Ganassi Racing driver seeks his sixth Indy car drivers’ championship. He holds a 72-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship, with 456 points to 384 for Josef Newgarden in second. 
  • Other Honda drivers in the top-10 include Herta, fourth with 327 points; Rahal, sixth with 301; teammate Sato in seventh with 300 points; Hunter-Reay ninth with 260; and Santino Ferrucci tenth with 249 points.
  • Eleven wins from 17 races in 2018 brought Honda the company’s seventh IndyCar Manufacturers’ Championship, highlighted by a 1-2 finish in the Drivers’ Championship for Honda-powered Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi.  Another eight victories for Honda highlighted the company’s second consecutive manufacturers’ title, and eighth overall, in 2019. 


  • Television coverage from the Harvest Grand Prix on the NBC Gold App begins with the opening practice Thursday, October 1, at 2:25 p.m. EDT, and continues on the NBC Sports Network for qualifying at 6:20 p.m. EDT.
  • Live race coverage of the Harvest Grand Prix can be viewed Friday, October 2, on the USA Network at 3:30 p.m. EDT.  Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM, with live timing and scoring information available at
  • Saturday’s television coverage of Race 2 of the Harvest Grand Prix weekend can be begins on NBC at 2:30 p.m. EDT.  Additional coverage can again be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM, with live timing and scoring information available at
  • Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on and the NBC Sports App with NBCSN authentication.

Honda, Andretti Autosport Sweep Mid-Ohio Closer

  • Colton Herta leads Andretti Autosport podium sweep as Honda drivers finish 1-5
  • Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay complete the podium
  • Honda extends Manufacturers’ Championship points lead as series enters home stretch

LEXINGTON, Ohio (September 13, 2020) – Honda drivers and teams – led by the Andretti Autosport trio of Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay – dominated the second half of the Honda Indy 200 doubleheader at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, sweeping the top five finishing positions in Sunday’s second 75-lap NTT INDYCAR SERIES race of the weekend.

With seven wins in 11 races this season, Honda continues to lead the IndyCar Manufacturers’ Championship, with an unofficial total of 911 points to 824 points for Chevrolet, as the company seeks a third consecutive manufacturers’ title in 2020.  Today’s race was the second podium sweep for Honda this season, as Takuma Sato led a 1-4 finish for Honda drivers at last month’s Indianapolis 500.

Scoring his first win of 2020, but the fourth Indy car win in just the second year of his career, Herta led 57 of the 75 laps today, resisting an early challenge from fellow Honda driver and championship points leader Scott Dixon, then maintaining a narrow, but consistent advantage over his teammates Rossi and Hunter-Reay to the finish.  For Andretti Autosport, the 1-2-3 sweep was the first for the team since the 2005 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Finishing second and third, respectively, Rossi and Hunter-Reay fought for position throughout the day, but running identical strategies and with clean pit stops for both, ran in virtual lock step once Rossi passed his teammate during the opening stint of the race.  Graham Rahal came from 12th on the grid to finish fourth, while Marcus Ericsson gained 10 positions in an impressive run in the opening laps to complete the top five finishers for Honda.

While dueling with Rossi and Hunter-Reay following the first round of pit stops, championship leader Dixon survived a spin exiting turn one to recover in 19th.  He then spent the rest of the day working his way through the field to finish 10th and maintain an unofficial lead of 72 points in the Drivers’ Championship battle after 11 of 14 races.


Following this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 doubleheader at Mid-Ohio, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES takes the next two weekends off, before resuming October 2-3 for the Indy Harvest GP, the final doubleheader and penultimate race weekend of 2020, on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started first, finished first; first win of 2020 and fourth career win: “I’m so happy.  We’ve been knocking on the door [of a victory] almost every weekend.  We’ve had the pace, but for some reason or another, something has gone wrong.  But we finally put everything together. Got the pole this morning, the entire Capstone Andretti crew produced a stellar car and a Honda/Andretti 1-2-3, so happy to be powered by Honda. Now we just need to be finishing on the podium on every other weekend.  It seems like we’re only on the podium when we win. So if we can fill in those other races with seconds and thirds, I’ll be very happy then.”

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started 10th, finished second: “I’m just so happy for Andretti Autosport, Michael [Andretti] and everyone on the team.  It’s been a terrible year for us, so to have a good day today, huge hats off to Colton and the ‘88’ guys, and for the team to sweep the podium for the first time since 2005 is very cool.  We’re just focusing on race wins at this point, and really trying to build a good foundation for next year.  I think we’re doing that right now, so this is definitely a step in the right direction.  It’s great to be running up front again.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started eighth, finished third: “The race was all right.  Alex [Rossi] and I both had a great start, and fought the whole way.  The guys did a great job in pit lane, and it was nice to have a solid day.  The team needed it.  We’ll pick up from here and hopefully keep this momentum rolling.”

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) Started 12th, finished fourth: “I think we had the pace [to win], and our Fifth Third Bank guys did a great job. I’m extremely pleased with the way the weekend went, it was a strong two days.  I think we’ll be very competitive at [the next race] at Indy, I expect we’ll be in contention [for the wins] there. It was great to have the crowd [the circuit was allowed] here.  Thanks to everyone who came.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started third, finished 10th; unofficially leads drivers’ championship by 72 points with three races remaining: “We tried to set up the car so that the tires would remain strong throughout a long run, so our cold [tire] pressures were really low.  We struggled on the restarts as a result, so I got a little aggressive, hit the ‘overtake’ button on the exit of Turn One and just had way too much Honda power there, so it just spun the tires and spun the car.  Total rookie mistake, and I’m so bummed for the team, it’s a mistake I shouldn’t have made.  Fortunately, we were able to fight our way back up to 10th, but it should’ve been a much better [championship] points day.”

Allen Miller (Race Team Principal, Honda Performance Development) on today’s seventh Honda win of 2020: “What a great day for Honda at Mid-Ohio, the home race for all of our Ohio associates.  Honda power was on full display for everyone to see today.  Congratulations to Colton [Herta] and everyone at Andretti Autosport for their dominating 1-2-3 podium sweep.  Graham [Rahal] produced another excellent performance and showed that he is coming on strong in the final races of the season; and Scott Dixon fought his way back through the field.  Just a great day for everyone, and we hope all our fans can return in full force here next year.”


Circuit:                Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, Ohio

2019 Winner:         Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 115.837 mph average speed

Weather:             Mostly sunny, overnight and morning showers, 72 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.St.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  1.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda  75    107.763 mph average
  2.10.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda  75 +1.3826 seconds
  3.  8.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda  75    
  4.12.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda75 
  5.15.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda75    
  6.  6.Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeChevrolet75 
  7.17.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet75 
  8.  9.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet75 
  9.21.Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SPChevrolet75 
10.  3.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda75 

Other Honda Results

12.19.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda75   Running
14.  2.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda  75Running
17.13.Zach VeachAndretti AutosportHonda  75Running
18.22.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda75    Running
20.  7.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda  74Running
22.  5.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda  4Did not finish – contact
23.  4.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda    2  Did not finish – contact

Rossi Runs Third for Honda in Opener of Honda Indy 200 Doubleheader

#27: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda
  • Alexander Rossi collects second podium finish of 2020 in opening race of the weekend
  • Graham Rahal runs fourth as Honda drivers claim five of top-seven finishes
  • Second 75-lap race in doubleheader weekend runs Sunday at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (September 12, 2020) – Alexander Rossi held off a strong challenge from hometown favorite Graham Rahal to secure the final step on the podium Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as their battle for third was a highlight in the opening race of a doubleheader Honda Indy 200 weekend.

Exiting the pits after the final round of stops on Lap 54, Rossi and Rahal battled to the finish of today 75-lap contest, while a trio of Honda drivers filled out the rest of the top seven positions.  Ryan Hunter-Reay ended the day fifth, after starting and running as high as third in the opening stint, with Felix Rosenqvist sixth and Jack Harvey equaling his best result of 2020 with a seventh-place finish.

Recovering from a disappointing qualifying session that left him starting deep in the field, 17th, at the start, championship points leader Scott Dixon went to work right from the green flag, gaining six position in the opening laps and eventually making the largest gain in the 23-driver field, to finish 10th.  After 10 of 14 races, Dixon maintains a 76-point lead in the drivers’ championship over Josef Newgarden, who finished second today.


Today’s race was the opening round of a doubleheader Honda Indy 200 weekend at Mid-Ohio. Tomorrow’s 75-lap finale starts at 1 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on NBC.

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Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started sixth, finished third (second podium finish of 2020): “It’s good. We haven’t had a lot of things go our way this year, so now we’re just trying to go out and make the most of every opportunity we get for the rest of this year. The Andretti Honda guys did a great job.  Had we been able to clear Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and get Josef [Newgarden], I think we might’ve had a shot at the win. Our pace was really good, but starting sixth it was always going to be a little bit of a challenge.  But it was a good day for us, and we get to do it all over again tomorrow.”

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) Started eighth, finished fourth: “It feels good to get a good result after St. Louis, which was kind of a bruiser.  But our pit stops were fast today, strategy was good, and we were right there in contention [for the win]. I gave Alex [Rossi] as much as I could [in the battle for third].  I think tomorrow’s going to be interesting.  It’s going to be hot, and physical, and I think some guys are going to ‘fall out of the saddle’.  Thanks to Honda for all their support in putting on this event, it should be a great day tomorrow.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s opening race in the Honda Indy 200 doubleheader race weekend: “Today wasn’t the win everyone at HPD was working to achieve, but there were several individual accomplishments that we can cheer.  It was great to see Alexander Rossi back on the podium, and to watch Graham Rahal recover from a disappointing weekend in St. Louis to finish fourth today.  The battle between Rahal and Rossi for third was one of the highlights of the race.  Scott Dixon gained seven positions on the day, and remains in charge of the championship.  So, there’s a lot to take away from today’s race, and we get to do it all again tomorrow.”


Circuit:                Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, Ohio

2019 Winner:         Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 115.837 mph average

Weather:             Mostly cloudy, warm, 82 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.St.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  1.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet75113.978 mph average speed
  2.  3.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet75+7.4523 seconds
  3.  6.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda  75 
  4.  8.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda75 
  5.  2.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda  75    
  6.  7.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda75 
  7.  5.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda75    
  8.  9.Rinus VeeKay-REd Carpenter RacingChevrolet75 
  9.13.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda  75    
10.17.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda75 

Other Honda Results

12.20.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda  75   
14.14.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda  75 
15.21.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda75    
17.18.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda75     
20.19.Zach VeachAndretti AutosportHonda  74Running
23.11.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda  74Running

Scott Dixon Runs Fifth for Honda To Close Out Doubleheader Weekend

  • Scott Dixon wins on Saturday, finishes fifth Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway
  • Late-race wall contact drops Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato to ninth
  • Third NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader race weekend of 2020

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 30, 2020) – Hot and humid conditions led to a contest of strategy and track position in the second race of an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader race weekend Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway, with Honda’s Scott Dixon backing up his win in Saturday’s opener with a fifth-place finish in today’s 200-lap event.

Dixon moved to fourth in the opening laps, and then extended his opening stint in an attempt to make up ground on the leaders when they made initial pit stops.  However, lapped traffic affected that strategy.  After falling to seventh following the first round of stops, he then made an early final stop, putting him back near the leaders, and ultimately a fifth-place finish. He ends the weekend with a 96-point lead in the drivers’ championship [416-320] over race winner Josef Newgarden.

After claiming a second-place finish yesterday, Takuma Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan team adopted the same strategy today, but also fell back in the field as a result.  Recovering to seventh, he made light contact with the wall on Lap 197, leading to a finish under the caution flag.

Colton Herta combined a sixth-place finish with a fourth on Saturday for a strong overall weekend result, surviving contact with rookie Rinus Veekay in the closing laps as the pair battled for position.

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Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 6th, finished 5th; scores his 50th IndyCar win in Saturday’s race; leads the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship by 96 points after 9 races: “The PNC Bank crew did a great job today, and we’re always proud to be powered by Honda and HPD. We got into a little bit of traffic in those [mid-race] sequences and that totally screwed us. A guy was laps down, and was totally slowing everyone [else] down. I’m not sure if he was trying to help his teammate but he screwed my race and [Takuma] Sato’s race. It was a decent point’s day and we just made the most of what we had.”

Colton Herta (Andretti Harding Autosport Honda) started 10th, finished 6th today; finished 4th in Saturday’s race: “I think we had a really good car today, again, and a really good opportunity to get on the [victory] podium. But our qualifying just hindered us, starting in 10th. We made it up about sixth, and then slowly made up [a few more] spots in stops and led some laps. We were looking pretty good there toward the end but had some contact [while fighting for position with Rinus VeeKay] that shuffled us back to sixth. It’s unfortunate, but that’s kind of how racing is. Sometimes it’s brutal. Until next time, hopefully we’ll be back at a racetrack real soon.”

Allen Miller (Race Team Principal, Honda Performance Development) on Sunday’s race at WWT Raceway: “This was a race of track position and strategy, and unfortunately none of our teams caught any breaks today.  Things didn’t go our way in this race, but we come out of the weekend with a great 1-2 result from Saturday, and solid leads in the Manufacturers’ Championship for Honda [747-674 over Chevrolet] and drivers’ for Scott [Dixon].  We’ll regroup and be ready for the next one.” 

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 2

Circuit:               World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (1.25-mile oval) Madison, Illinois

Saturday Winner:  Scott Dixon [Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 143.522 mph average

2019 Winner:         Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 136.874 mph average

Weather:             Sunny, warm, humid, 84 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

FnSt.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  2.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet200162.594 mph average
  2.  4.Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SPChevrolet200+1.4356 seconds
  3.  3.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet200 
  4. 18.Rinus VeeKay-REd Carpenter RacingChevrolet200 
  5.  6.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda200 
  6.  9.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda 200 
  7.10.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda200 
  8. 15.Conor DalyCarlin RacingChevrolet200 
  9.  1.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda200 
10.16.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda 200 

Other Honda Results

11.12.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda 200 Running
12.14.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda 200Running
13.  5.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda200 Running
14. 11.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda 200Running  
15.20.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda 199Running
18.23.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda198Running 
22.17.Zach VeachAndretti AutosportHonda 196Running
23.  7.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda190Running – delayed  
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