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Palou, Honda, Claim 2021 NTT INDYCAR Championships

  • Honda wins its 10th, and fourth consecutive, Manufacturers’ Championship
  • Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou claims Drivers’ Championship with fourth-place finish at season-ending Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
  • Colton Herta completes winning weekend for Honda with Long Beach victory

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2021) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou clinched the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship with a fourth-place finish today at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Palou became the 10th Honda-powered driver to win an Indy car title, and the championship was the 18th for Honda since it entered North American open-wheel racing in 1994.

Needing only an 11th-place or better result to secure the title, Palou kept his nose clean on the unforgiving downtown streets that make up the temporary Long Beach street circuit, but continued to run in the lead pack through most of the 85-lap contest to give team owner Chip Ganassi his 14th Indy car title.

Honda also powered today’s race winner, as Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta led 43 of the 85-laps to notch his third victory of 2021, and the first at his ‘home’ Long Beach circuit.

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Honda Race Results

  • 1st Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 3rd Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 4th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 6th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 7th Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 9th Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 12th Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 14th James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 16th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 17th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 20th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 22nd Oliver Askew Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Romain Grosjean-R Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 28th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Final Manufacturers’ Championship

Honda 1,401 points [Honda’s 10 title, 4th consecutive]

Chevrolet 1,238

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Final Drivers’ Championship Standings

  • 1. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 549 points [3 wins]
  • 2. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 511 [2 wins]
  • 3. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP 487 [2 wins]
  • 4. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 481 [1 win]

Quotes

Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) Race winner, his third win of 2021 and sixth career Indy car victory: “It feels amazing [to win the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach]. We brought a great car here, and [this race] has been on the ‘bucket list’ for so long for me, I’m at a loss for words. It took a lot of work [to get from 14th to Victory Circle] and it’s such a big race for Honda and Acura, so happy to have a win here for them, too. What a way to cap off the year!”

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES CHAMPION; his first Indy car championship and the 18th for a Honda-powered driver. Palou’s title comes 25 years after Jimmy Vasser won Honda’s first Indy car drivers’ title – also with a fourth-place finish, at Laguna Seca in 1996: “Oh my gosh man, what a race today, and what a year. This team is amazing. I don’t know what else to say. I’m super proud to be part of Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, and all our partners. Yeah, I’m super happy. I can’t thank enough everyone who made this possible, [team owner] Chip Ganassi especially. This is one dream for me completed. Now let’s get another one!”

David Salters (President, Honda Performance Development) on winning both the 2021 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships: “To paraphrase the iconic lyrics of David Byrne and the Talking Heads: 

You may find yourself in a brilliant HPD with 230 smart Honda men and women who live the dream of Honda and Acura racing in the US.

You may yourself in an awesome part of the world called Santa Clarita, California, and Brownsburg, Indiana.

You may find yourself working for the coolest, funkiest racing company that is Honda

You may find yourself in a beautiful Acura Long Beach Grand prix, which is a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife.

You may ask yourself ‘how did we get here?’

The answer is: the dedication of the men and women of HPD who start with a clean sheet of paper and design powertrains and chassis, simulate, manufacture, assemble, develop and test, develop aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics simulation and simulators, electrical hardware, software and control systems, use advanced data analytics, and develop and analyze advanced materials.

Team HPD, we salute you for the four consecutive Indy car manufactures titles; Helio Castroneves your fourth Indy 500 victory; and Alex Palou, we salute your first Indy car Drivers’ Championship. 

Thank you to our brilliant Honda racing teams.

This is once in a lifetime.”

Fast Facts

Both Herta and Honda Performance Development call the northern Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita home, and the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach as our home race.

This is the 10th INDYCAR victory from 16 races for Honda this season.

Palou is the 10th different Honda driver to win an Indy car title, and the championship is the 18th for Honda since the company entered Indy car competition in 1995. Tittle winners include Jimmy Vasser (1996); 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); Scott Dixon (2008, 2013, 2018, 2020)

Next

Today’s race concludes Honda’s championship-winning 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The 2022 season gets underway February 27, with a return to the Florida Gulf Coast for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Returns This Weekend

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Returns This Weekend  

  • Classic street circuit event will feature NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale
  • Highlights Acura’s expanding role in motorsports
  • WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round highlights Saturday activities

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2021) – The longest-running North American temporary street circuit motorsports event the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach returns this weekend with three days of non-stop action. 

“With our U.S. headquarters nearby in Torrance, this is a true ‘home’ event for the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and brand officer.  “The Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of North America’s premier motorsports events, and an institution in Southern California.  Acura is delighted and proud to be associated with the Grand Prix of Long Beach, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

The weekend will be headlined by the season finale of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, where Honda last week clinched its 10th – and fourth consecutive – Indy car Manufacturers’ Championship; and Honda-powered driver Alex Palou reclaimed the Drivers’ Championship points lead and could claim his first title.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be the feature event on Saturday, where Wayne Taylor Racing drivers Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque lead the Drivers’ Championship in their Acura ARX-05, after eight of 10 events.

The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach entry includes 15 Honda-powered Indy cars and five Acura racers in Saturday’s IMSA event.  In addition to championship contender Palou, the Indy car field includes six-time series champion Scott Dixon, seven-time NASCAR title winner Jimmie Johnson; two-time Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi; additional previous winners including 

James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves; series veterans Colton Herta, Marcus Ericsson, Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey, Oliver Askew, Ed Jones; and Formula One veteran Romain Grosjean.

In IMSA’s featured Daytona Prototype International category, Albuquerque and Taylor come to Long Beach seeking to increase their championship advantage; while former series champion Dane Cameron and Olivier Pla make up the driver pairing for the Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 prototype.  In the production-based GTD division, three teams field Acura NSX GT3 Evo’s for defending GTD champions Mario Farnbacher/Matt McMurry [Compass Racing], Andy Lally/John Potter [Magnus with Archangel] and Till Bechtolsheimer/Marc Miller [Gradient Racing].

In addition, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend will include the Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights, the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, and the new-for-2021 Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge and Global Time Attack.

Live network television coverage Sunday’s 95-lap NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC.  Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and carried by SiriusXM satellite radio.

Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race will be broadcast on NBCSN, starting at 5 p.m. EDT.  Live flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available NBC Sports Gold TrackPass, on NBCSports.com  and the NBC Sports App with NBCSN authentication.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD).  Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Fans can also follow the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook (GrandPrixLB), Twitter @GPLongBeach (#AGPLB) and Instagram @GPLongBeach.

In 2018, Acura made a successful return to the top level of sports car racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, going on to sweep the Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships in both 2019 and 2020.  

Honda has a long, winning history with Indy cars at Long Beach. Honda-powered drivers have won seven of the last 11 Grands Prix – and 14 times in 20 appearances –  including the two most recent events, in 2018-19, with Alexander Rossi.  Native Californian Jimmy Vasser scored Honda’s first Long Beach victory in 1996, with other Honda-powered winners including Alex Zanardi (1997-98), Michael Andretti (2002), Dario Franchitti (2009), Sato (2013) and Hinchcliffe (2017).

Herta Powers Honda to 10th Manufacturers’ Title

Photo Courtesy of Honda Performance Development

Herta Powers Honda to 10th Manufacturers’ Title

  • Honda drivers Colton Herta, Alex Palou and Romain Grosjean sweep the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey podium
  • Win clinches Honda’s fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship
  • Other Honda titles came in 1996, 1998-99, 2001, 2004-05 and 2018-20
  • Palou closes on Drivers’ Championship with one race remaining

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2021) – Honda clinched its 10th overall, and fourth consecutive, NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship today at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a podium sweep today in the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

Today’s title clinch comes on the 25th anniversary, of Honda’s first IndyCar Manufacturers’ championship, recorded on Sept. 8, 1996, with a 1-4 result for Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Alex Zanardi and Jimmy Vasser.  Vasser claimed Honda’s first drivers’ title in the same event.

The Honda one-two-three result was led by Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta, winning from pole for the second consecutive time – just as he did in the series’ last visit to Laguna Seca in 2019. Herta would lead all but four laps in today’s 95-lap event en route to his second victory of 2021. 

Championship points leader Alex Palou finished second, extending his points lead over Pato O’Ward to 35 with one race remaining. Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean advanced from 13th on the grid, and surviving late-race contact, to round out the podium in the #51 Dale Coyne with RWR Honda. 

Graham Rahal finished just off the podium in fourth position, completing a Honda sweep of the top-four positions of the day.  For Rahal, it was his seventh top-five finish of the year.

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Honda Race Results

  •   1st Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   2nd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   3rd Romain Grosjean-R Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  •   4th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   6th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   9th Oliver Askew Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 10th Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 19th Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 13th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 15th Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 17th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 20th James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 25th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 27th Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    

R – Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 15 of 16 rounds)

Honda 1,306 points [clinches title]

Chevrolet 1,175

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings

1. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 517 points [3 wins]

2. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP 482 [2 wins]

3. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 469 [2 wins]

4. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 445 [1 win]

Quotes

Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) Race winner, his second win of 2021 and fifth career Indy car victory: “I just enjoy racing here [at Laguna Seca] so much.  It’s an amazing track, and it’s been so good to me and my family [father Bryan Herta also has two Indy car wins here]. To go ‘two-for-two’ so far in my career is incredible.  We were fast all weekend, and I was happy that we could seal the deal in the race. The was always pressure from [second finishing] Alex [Paou] behind me.  He really closed the gap between us back up at the end of each stint, and at the end of the race. I’m just so happy.  This is my favorite track in North America, by far.  To win here, it means so much.”

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished second, leads Drivers’ Championship by 35 points with one race remaining; can clinch his first title by finishing 11th or better at next weekend’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach: “It was an amazing day.  I was surprised to find we were really competitive with [Colton] Herta in the race.  We weren’t able to win today, but I was trying my best for the entire race, and we were able to do the best we could do.  It was exciting with [Romain] Grosjean catching us there at the end.  I think it was an amazing race.”

Romain Grosjean (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda) Finished third: “The last stint was very (sic) fun.  We had fresher tires than everyone else and it was exciting to catch and pass so many people.  It’s been a great day.  I’m sorry to Jimmie [Johnson] for our contact out there.  He was trying to protect [teammate] Alex [Palou], but I wanted to go and chase Alex!  So P13 [at the start] to P3 [at the finish], it was a pretty good day!”

David Salters (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s championship-clinching race at Laguna Seca: “This is a moment where I would like to thank all of the stupendous efforts of our team at HPD – who work really hard and are always trying to improve themselves – and days like this just validate their efforts. This is our fourth consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship, our 10th total it comes on the 25th anniversary, almost to the day, of our first IndyCar title. It just shows how serious Honda is in developing people and technology through motorsports. Massive thanks to Honda, massive thanks to our brilliant team, and our brilliant teams! And what a way to win in, we had another sweep this weekend thanks to Colton, Alex and Romain – superb efforts. Well done!”

Fast Facts

  • This is the ninth INDYCAR victory from 15 races for Honda this season, and the second consecutive 1-2-3-4 sweep for the manufacturer.  Palou won the Grand Prix of Portland last weekend, and was followed to the checkers by fellow Honda drivers Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon and Jack Harvey.
  • In addition to the 1996 title, Manufacturers’ Championships followed for Honda in 1998-99 and 2001 in Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) competition; and in 2004-05 in the Indy Racing League.  From 2006 through 2011, Honda served as the sole engine supplier to the IRL.
  • Honda’s current championship streak started in 2018, with all five Honda-powered teams winning at least one race, and the company scoring 11 wins in the 17-race season to record its seventh title.  Eighth and ninth titles followed in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Next

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES concludes next weekend with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will decide the 2021 Drivers’ Championship.

Honda Laguna Seca Qualifying Report

Herta Takes Honda to the Pole at Laguna Seca

  • Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi make up an all-Andretti Autosport Honda front row for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
  • Championship leader Alex Palou qualifies fourth, Oliver Askew to start fifth
  • Honda drivers, teams take four of top six in qualifying

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2021) – For the second consecutive weekend, Honda drivers and teams dominated qualifying today at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, sweeping the front row and claiming eight of the top 12 starting positions for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

Honda drivers previously swept the top three positions in qualifying for last Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland, with championship points leader Alex Palou going on to score his third NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory of the season.

In today’s qualifying action, Colton Herta claimed his second consecutive Laguna Seca pole, and the seventh of his Indy car career, with teammate Alexander Rossi completing an Andretti Autosport Honda sweep of the front row. Palou will start tomorrow’s penultimate race of the 2021 season from fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing, with Oliver Askew qualifying an impressive fifth in just his second race with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Honda Qualifying Results

  • 1st Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 2ndAlexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 4th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Oliver Askew Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 7th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 11th James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 13th Romain Grosjean-R Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 14th Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 19th Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 20th Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 22nd Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 23rd Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 25th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) Pole qualifier, third pole of 2021, seventh career Indy car pole “We have a great car, to be honest. It’s awesome to be powered by Honda. What an amazing track, I love this place. You have to drive right to 100% at this track, especially in the final [qualifying] round when you’re on used tires on a track that typically uses up tires quickly. Tire [wear] will also be critical here tomorrow, we need to learn how long we can make the tires last before the big ‘fall off’ in times takes place.”

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Championship points leader, qualified fourth: “It was an interesting session, I would say. We lacked a bit of pace in [the first round of qualifying], but we made it up in the fast 12 [second round]. We were really really strong, and I was looking forward to the fast six [final round qualifying]. But, unfortunately, we didn’t have the pace today to fight for pole position on the used ‘reds’ [soft compound Firestone tires]. Starting fourth tomorrow, the second row, is always good and we know we have a really strong race car. So, yeah, looking forward to it. Three [expected pit] stops, should be an exciting race, and hopefully we can overtake three guys!”

Oliver Askew (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) Qualified fifth, tied his career-best Indy car starting position: “Fantastic qualifying today for the Hy-Vee #45 guys from Rahal Letterman Lanigan. I felt really good in the car, and the car complemented me as well. When you get it right around here, it feels really good. When you get it wrong, not so much—but today we got it right. It was a really enjoyable session and I’m looking forward to starting in the top five tomorrow. I know I have a really good pit crew, we had one of the best times on pit road in [his first race at] Portland and hopefully we can capitalize on that. Looking for a clean race tomorrow and hopefully we can move forward!”

Fast Facts

This is the sixth pole for Honda this season, and the second consecutive front-row lockout for the manufacturer.

Honda teams and drivers have won eight of 14 races to date this season, and currently holds a 95-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship (2,110-1,115) over rival Chevrolet with two races remaining. The company is seeking it’s 10th Manufacturers’ title, and fourth consecutive trophy.

In a strong all-round qualifying showing for the manufacturer, Honda drivers claimed eight of top 12 grid positions after the first round of INDYCAR “knockout” qualifying, with four Honda’s advancing to the “Fast Six” final round and then sweeping the front row for tomorrow’s 95-lap race.

Where to Watch Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Live network television coverage Sunday’s penultimate race in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and on SiriusXM satellite radio.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Honda Racing INDYCAR message points for Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA

3 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 19

NBC and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

  • This weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey marks the return of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after a one-year absence, as last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Indy car racing returned to the Monterey Peninsula in 2019, in a race won by Honda-powered rookie Colton Herta. Herta led 83 of 90 laps en route to his third win of the season and series Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Honda teams and drivers also took part in nine Championship Auto Racing Teams [CART] events from 1994-2002, winning three.
  • Honda’s first win at Laguna Seca came in 1996 with the famous pass in the “Corkscrew” corner by Alex Zanardi on future Honda IndyCar driver/team owner Bryan Herta. Zanardi’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jimmy Vasser, claimed the win in 1997. Helio Castroneves led a 1-2-3 Honda sweep at Laguna Seca in 2000, with his Penske Racing teammate Gil de Ferran, second, and Dario Franchitti rounding out the top three for Team Green.

Manufacturer Competition

  • Powering the top four finishers at last week’s Grand Prix of Portland, Honda increased its lead in the 2021 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship to 95 points over rival Chevrolet (1,210-1,115). Honda drivers and teams have posted eight victories from 14 races this season. The company is seeking its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.
  • In addition to Helio Castroneves’ historic win at the Indianapolis 500 in May, Honda race winners this year include championship contender Alex Palou in Portland last weekend, at Road America and at the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Marcus Ericsson won in Nashville and at the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader weekend; while defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon won Texas Race; and Colton Herta claimed the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
  • Seven wins in 2020 brought Honda the company’s ninth INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, and third consecutive title, with Honda driver Dixon prevailing to win his sixth Drivers’ Championship. Dixon’s championship total is highest among active drivers in the series, and second all-time behind only A.J. Foyt’s seven titles.
  • Honda’s Indy car win total of 260 in 25 years of North American open-wheel racing – including 14 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2003 – is unmatched by any other manufacturer in the same period.

Where to Watch

  • Television coverage from the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on NBC Peacock begins with the opening practice Saturday at 1:45 p.m. EDT, and continues through qualifying at 5 p.m. EDT.
  • Live network television coverage Sunday’s 95-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and carried by SiriusXM satellite radio.
  • Honda Racing social media content and video links from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Palou Completes Weekend Sweep for Honda

#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, winner
  • Alex Palou claims his third win of 2021 at the Grand Prix of Portland, reclaims Drivers’ Championship points lead
  • Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon complete Honda podium sweep
  • Acura also wins on Sunday, claiming victory at Laguna Seca IMSA event

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 12, 2021) – Alex Palou led a Honda sweep of the top four finishing positions Sunday at the Grand Prix of Portland, as Honda drivers and teams dominated the finishing order, despite being delayed by a multi-car crash in the opening moments of today’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES event at Portland International Raceway.

Palou, second-finishing Alexander Rossi, third-place Scott Dixon and Jack Harvey, who rounded out the top four, were all caught up in a multi-car incident seconds after the green flag for today’s 110-lap race, when Felix Rosenqvist overshot the entry to the first turn and tagged Dixon’s left-rear tire, scattering nearly half the 27-car starting field.

All four quickly resumed, but now were in the back half of the field for the restart, leading to the thrilling comeback drives that ensued. Behind the lead four, Honda drivers claimed eight of the top-10 finishing positions with Marcus Ericsson, Colton Herta and Graham Rahal finishing seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively.

In addition to Honda’s Indy car win in Portland, Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor took their Acura ARX-05 prototype to the overall victory today in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance sports car race in Monterey, California.

Grand Prix of Portland Honda Race Results

  • 1st Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 2ndAlexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 3rd Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 4th Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 7th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 10th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 11th Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 12th Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 15th Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 20th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 22nd Romain Grosjean-R Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 23rd Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 24th Oliver Askew Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda [did not finish – mechanical]
  • 27th James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda [did not finish – contact]

R – Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 14 of 16 rounds)

Honda 1,210 points

Chevrolet 1,115

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings

2. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 477 points [3 wins]

1. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP 451 [2 wins]

3. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 443 [2 wins]

4. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 428 [1 win]

Quotes

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Race winner, his third career INDYCAR win and third win of 2021, regains Drivers’ Championship points lead with two races remaining: “I need to see a replay [of the multi-car accident just after the race start], but we kept our head down. We knew the race was really long, and our strategy was amazing. HPD gave us the power we needed, and I’m super proud of our partners, and our team. The whole team was amazing today: the strategy, the pit stops, everything. With all the bad luck we had [at the start], we still won. I’m proud about that.”

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started second, finished second: “It wasn’t a win, which is always the goal, but a podium is still a good reward for the team. It’s been a frustrating year. Speed has never been the issue, but we haven’t been getting the results and getting it done. But I think we definitely have had the performance coming back from our summer [three-week] break. Today was a good boost, and we still have two more to go.”

Wayne Gross (Manager, Trackside Support, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda win in Portland: “Today’s result was a great rebound for both Alex [Palou} and HPD after our disappointment two weeks ago in St. Louis [when Palou and Dixon were eliminated in a mid-race crash]. Eight of the top 10 today are Hondas, and we’re looking forward to extending our lead at Laguna Seca with the goal of winning our fourth manufacturers’ title. Congratulations to Alex and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing, and thanks as always to all the hard-working men and women at HPD.”

Fast Facts

  • Today’s win by Alex Palou is the third for him this season, and came in his 28th INDYCAR start. The win propels Palou from second in the Drivers’ Championship by 10 points into the lead by a 25-point margin (477-451). Palou also becomes the first driver to win three races this season.
  • It is the eighth win of the season for Honda, including the Indianapolis 500, and sees the manufacturer increase its points lead in the battle for the Manufacturers’ Championship by 70 to 105 over Chevrolet (1,210 to 1,115).
  • This win marks the 260th win for Honda in Indy car competition, and the 119th for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Next

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES now continues its three-race swing to conclude the 2021 season, moving down the Pacific for next Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Portland can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Honda Portland Qualifying Report

#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda celebrates winning the NTT P1 Award for the pole

Palou Takes Honda to the Pole in Portland

  • Alex Palou claims his career-first INDYCAR pole in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portland
  • Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon complete Honda sweep of top three starting positions
  • Honda drivers, teams take five of top six in qualifying

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 11, 2021) – In the first half of a Saturday afternoon qualifying sweep for Honda and Acura, championship contender Alex Palou led a 1-2-3 NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying effort for Honda at the Grand Prix of Portland. Further down the Pacific coast in Monterey, California, Filipe Albuquerque led a 1-2 Acura lockout of the front row for Sunday’s Monterey Sports Car Championship round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The pole was the first for Palou in his second season of INDYCAR competition, and the fifth for Honda in 2021. Since winning the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, Palou has either led or run second in the championship points standings, and is currently second, nine points out of first, with three races remaining.

In his best qualifying performance of the season, Alexander Rossi will start his Honda Dallara from the outside of the front row, second, for Andretti Autosport. Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, defending and six-time series champion Scott Dixon, completed the 1-2-3 qualifying sweep for Honda in Portland. Graham Rahal and Colton Herta also advanced to the final “fast six” qualifying round, as Honda drivers and teams claimed five of the top six qualifying positions for Sunday’s 110-lap race.

Grand Prix of Portland Honda Qualifying Results

  • 1st Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 2ndAlexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 3rd Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 6th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 8th Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 9th Oliver Askew Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 10th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 13th James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 17th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 20th Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 21st Romain Grosjean-R Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 23rd Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 24th Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 25th Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda

R Rookie

Quotes

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Pole qualifier, his first career pole in NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition: “It’s amazing [to be on the pole], I’m super happy. My first pole in INDYCAR, it’s the best start to the weekend we could possibly have. The #10 PNC Bank Honda was really good. We’re starting from the best position, and we have a really fast car, I can’t wait for tomorrow’s race. We’re fully laser focused for these final three races and to bring the championship home.”

Oliver Askew (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) Qualified ninth in his Honda debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: “It’s fantastic to be back in an Indy car and running with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan organization. I also had a lot of help from HPD getting on the simulator, they moved their schedule around so I get run on the sim prior to coming here. I feel pretty good about qualifying in the top 10 [ninth], and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Fast Facts

This weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland marks the return of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to the 1.967-mile PIR road course after a one-year absence, as last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a strong all-round qualifying showing for the manufacturers, Honda drivers claimed eight of top 12 grid positions after the first round of INDYCAR “knockout” qualifying, with five Honda’s advancing to the “Fast Six” final round and then sweeping the top-three starting positions for tomorrow’s 110-lap race.

Where to Watch Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland

Live network television coverage Sunday’s 110-lap race from Portland International Raceway starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and carried by SiriusXM satellite radio.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from this weekend can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Honda Performance Development – Pre-Race 14 Portland Message Points

Grand Prix of Portland
Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon
3 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 12
NBC and NBC Peacock
IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at Portland International Raceway
This weekend’s Grand Prix of Portland marks the return of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to the 1.967-mile PIR road course after a one-year absence, as last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honda teams and drivers took part in eight Championship Auto Racing Team [CART] events from 1995-2002, winning four. After a nine-year absence, Indy car racing resumed at Portland in 2017, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato leading a 1-2-3 Honda sweep. Ryan Hunter-Reay [Andretti Autosport] and Sebastien Bourdais [Dale Coyne Racing] completing the victory podium for the manufacturer.

Honda’s first Portland win came in 1996, via a 1-2 finish for Alex Zanardi and Gil de Ferran. Zanardi won again with Chip Ganassi Racing in 1998. Honda drivers swept the 1999 podium in Portland, with de Ferran winning, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya in second and Dario Franchitti, third. De Ferran repeated as race winner in 2000.

Manufacturer Competition
Honda continues to hold the lead in the 2021 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, with seven victories from 13 races this season. Coming to Portland, Honda holds a 35-point advantage (1,092-1,057) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.

In addition to Helio Castroneves’ historic win at the Indianapolis 500 in May, Honda race winners this year include championship contender Alex Palou at Road America in June and at the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama; Marcus Ericsson last month in Nashville and at the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader weekend; defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon (Texas Race 1); and Colton Herta (Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg).

Seven wins in 2020 brought Honda the company’s ninth INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, and third consecutive title, with Honda driver Dixon prevailing to win his sixth Drivers’ Championship. Dixon’s championship total is highest among active drivers in the series, and second all-time behind only A.J. Foyt’s seven titles.

Honda’s Indy car win total of 259 in 25 years of North American open-wheel racing – including 14 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2003 – is unmatched by any other manufacturer in the same period.

Where to Watch
Television coverage from Portland International Raceway on NBC Peacock begins with the opening practice Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT, and continues through final practice at 6 p.m. EDT.

Live network television coverage Sunday’s 110-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and carried by SiriusXM satellite radio.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Portland can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Honda St. Louis Race Report

#30: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda #51: Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda #10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Honda Maintains Manufacturers’ Point Lead After Tough St. Louis Race

  • Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan finish sixth for Honda
  • Championship contenders Alex Palou, Scott Dixon taken out in early crash
  • Honda maintains 35-point margin over Chevrolet in Manufacturers’ standings

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 21, 2021) – A tough race at World Wide Technology Raceway tonight saw three of Honda’s top championship competitors knocked out of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

Honda drivers Graham Rahal and Ed Jones were the first pair of cars to go out, colliding on lap two of the event. They were followed not long after by Alex Palou and Scott Dixon, who were both taken out by contact from Rinus VeeKay on Lap 64.

Palou had been the Drivers’ Championship leader going into the race, and Dixon third. The contact dropped them to second and fourth in the standings respectively. Other notable incidents involving Honda drivers included Colton Herta breaking a drive shaft during his final pit stop, and Alexander Rossi making contact with the wall on lap 200.

Romain Grosjean shone brightly during the opening half of the race, making gutsy passes on far more experienced veterans, in his very first oval start. However, an off-sequence pit strategy would cycle him a lap down and he would ultimately finish in the 14th place.

Top Honda honors of the day went to Takuma Sato and Rahal Letterman Lanigan in sixth. The Japanese driver was fighting for a potential podium finish when the #30 had an issue refueling during a pit stop and was required to come down pit road again.

Other top-10 finishers for Honda were: Ryan Hunter-Reay for Andretti Autosport, seventh, Marcus Ericsson for Chip Ganassi Racing, ninth, and Jack Harvey for Meyer Shank Racing, tenth.

Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Honda Race Results

  •   6th Takuma Sato                      Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda   
  •   8th Ryan Hunter-Reay               Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   9th Marcus Ericsson                 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 10th Jack Harvey                        Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 13th Tony Kanaan                      Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 14th Romain Grosjean-R             Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 15th James Hinchcliffe               Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 17th Alexander Rossi                 Andretti Autosport Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 18th Colton Herta                       Andretti Autosport Honda [did not finish – mechanical]
  • 19th Scott Dixon                        Chip Ganassi Racing Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 20th Alex Palou                          Chip Ganassi Racing Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 23rd Graham Rahal                    Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 24th Ed Jones                            Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda [dnf – contact]

R – Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 13 of 16 rounds)

Honda                  1,092 points

Chevrolet              1,057

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings

1. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP                               435 points [2 wins]

2. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                     425 [2 wins]

3. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske                                413 [2 wins]

4. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                    392 [1 win]

Quotes

Takuma Sato (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with RWR Honda) Started 17th, finished 6th: “St. Louis is one of our favorite tracks, we have a really good record here. Today, our qualifying wasn’t great, but we gradually started moving up. Unfortunately, at the last pit stop we had an issue with the refueling hose, so I had to come in again under yellow to top up [the fuel tank].  Without that, I think we would have had a really strong finish, but I think a top six [result] was good for the whole team.”

Alex Palou (#10 Andretti Autosport Honda) Championship leader coming into St. Louis, eliminate in opening lap crash after contact from Rinus VeeKay: “Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish the race here tonight.  We were running the top 10 early, and I think we were doing a really good job, but we got crashed in Turn One [after contact from Rinus VeeKay] and there was nothing we could do.  So, now we just move on to the last three races and keep doing our best for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing.”

David Salters (President, Honda Performance Development) on tonight’s race in St. Louis:

“The race started off well for us tonight, and several of our teams and drivers seemed to be in position to contend for the victory.  But then, it seemed as if we did everything we could to not win. There were a variety of reasons, and circumstances, but at the end of the day we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  On to Portland.”

Fast Facts

  • Tonight’s 260-lap contest at World Wide Technology Raceway was the fourth and final oval race on the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar.
  • In addition to Helio Castroneves’ historic win at the Indianapolis 500 in May, Honda race winners this year include Alex Palou at Road America in June and at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama; Marcus Ericsson in Nashville and at the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader weekend; defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon (Texas Race 1); and Colton Herta (Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg).

Next

After races on three consecutive weekends, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes two weeks off before concluding with a three-race swing to the US West Coast, starting with the Sept. 12 Grand Prix of Portland in Portland, Oregon.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from St. Louis can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD).  Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Honda IndyCar message points for World Wide Technology Raceway

Bommarito Automotive Group 500

World Wide Technology Raceway

8 p.m. EDT Saturday, August 21

NBCSN and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at World Wide Technology Raceway

  • Defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon scored a milestone 50th career victory last year at World Wide Technology Raceway, in the opening race of a double-header weekend.  Earlier this year, he scored his 51st win at Texas Motor Speedway. Dixon’s next victory will tie the six-time champion with Mario Andretti for second on the career win list.
  • This weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will mark the 13th Indy car race to be held in the St. Louis area, and will be the fifth year at the repaved and updated World Wide Technology Raceway.  The track also hosted a seven-season run of Indy car events, under both Championship Auto Racing Team and Indy Racing League sanction, from 1997-2003 at what was then known as Gateway International Raceway.
  • Previous Honda winners at WWT Raceway include Takuma Sato in 2019; and Alex Zanardi, who recorded Honda’s first victory in St. Louis in 1998, driving a Reynard-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Manufacturer Competition

  • Honda continues to hold the lead in the 2021 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, with seven victories from 12 races this season.  Returning to St. Louis, Honda holds a 68-point advantage (1,034-966) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.
  • In addition to Helio Castroneves’ historic win at the Indianapolis 500 in May, Honda race winners this year include championship leader Alex Palou at Road America in June and at the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama; Marcus Ericsson last weekend in Nashville and at the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader weekend; defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon (Texas Race 1); and Colton Herta (Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg).
  • Palou comes to Indianapolis leading the Drivers’ Championship with two victories and 415 points to 394 for Pato O’Ward.  Dixon, Palou’s teammate at Chip Ganassi Racing is ranked third with 381 points. A third Ganassi Honda driver, two-time winner Ericsson rounds out the top five in the drivers’ championship with 353 points.
  • Other Honda drivers in the top 10 include Graham Rahal, sixth with 312 points; and Colton Herta, seventh with 311 points.
  • In a tightening battle for series Rookie of the Year honors, Honda’s Romain Grosjean has moved to within seven points of current rookie leader, Scott McLaughlin (213-206).  This weekend’s race will be the first for Grosjean on an oval.  He did not run the events earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway or in the Indianapolis 500.
  • Seven wins in 2020 brought Honda the company’s ninth INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, and third consecutive title, with Honda driver Dixon prevailing to win his sixth Drivers’ Championship.  Dixon’s championship total is highest among active drivers in the series, and second all-time behind only A.J. Foyt’s seven titles.
  • Honda’s Indy car win total of 259 in 25 years of North American open-wheel racing – including 14 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2003 – is unmatched by any other manufacturer in the same period.

Where to Watch

  • Television coverage from the World Wide Technology Raceway on NBC Peacock begins with the opening practice Saturday at a p.m. EDT, and continues through qualifying at 5 p.m. EDT.
  • Live network television coverage Saturday night’s 200-lap race starts at 8 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.  Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and carried by SiriusXM satellite radio.
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