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Honda at Mid-Ohio: Race Report

#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, podium

Ganassi Team Leads Honda Effort at Mid-Ohio

  • Defending series champion Alex Palou finishes second in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R
  • Scott Dixon runs fifth at Mid-Ohio for Ganassi and Honda, teammate and championship leader Marcus Ericsson finishes sixth
  • David Malukas again leads rookie field with ninth-place finish for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 3, 2022) – Defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou led the way for Honda today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, finishing second in the Honda Indy 200 Presented by the all-new 2023 Civic Type R.  

Palou led a trio of Chip Ganassi Racing Honda drivers to the checkers, with Scott Dixon fifth, and championship points leader Marcus Ericsson sixth.  David Malukas scored the first top-10 finish of his young Indy car career, with his ninth-place result once again best among the rookie contingent.

Honda Indy 200 Race Results

  •   2nd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   5th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   6th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   8th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  •   9th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 10th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 11th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 12th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 14th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 15th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 16th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 17th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 19th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 20th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 21st Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) finished second: “It was so close at the finish.  And it was amazing to see all the fans.  Our #10 NTT Data Honda car was fast today, we just missed [a win] by ‘this much’.  But really good pit stops and strategy from the team, so I’m super happy to finish on the podium, keep our points lead, and go on to Toronto.”

Marcus Ericsson (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) finished sixth, continues to lead drivers’ championship points standings: “Considering where we started [13th], it was a near perfect day for us.  We were really disappointed with our qualifying result yesterday, so we went long on the first stint on ‘Primary’ tires and then two short stints on the “Reds” when we could be more aggressive late in the race and it worked well for us.  We had a goal for a top-eight finish, and we did all that and more today.  So it’s really, really good.”

David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda) finished 9th, top rookie finisher, first top-10 result: “Early in the race, I thought we had a pace that matched the leaders, but the timing of the yellow [caution] flags really caught us out today.  But overall, it was a really good day for us.  The ‘Red’ [Alternate] tire pace surprised us, so we got off the ‘primaries’ as quickly as we could.  So we went back to used ‘Reds’ for the finish and at the end I had a good battle with some veterans, like Simon Pagenaud, so I had a blast for sure.”

David Salters (President and Director of Engineering, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda Indy 200: “It was a tough day at the office. It was a job well done by Chip Ganassi Racing, throughout their lineup with a fine second-place for Alex Palou, fifth for Scott Dixon and sixth for Marcus Ericsson, who maintains the championship lead.  I suppose it’s nice when a ‘tough day’ is P2 and leading the drivers’ points.  But in other areas there was a lot of ‘self-destruction’ taking place, which is disappointing at this level.  But that’s racing.  Our sincere thanks to all the fans, and everyone who came out from our many Ohio facilities.  And on to Toronto we go.”

Fast Facts

  • This weekend’s Honda Indy 200, presented by the all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R, will include the North American public debut of Honda’s newest performance passenger vehicle.  The 2023 Honda Civic Type R was featured at the Honda Product Display in the Mid-Ohio Midway throughout the weekend, ran demonstration laps on Friday and Saturday; and led the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field on the parade laps prior to the start of Sunday’s feature event.
  • American Honda has a long history of involvement in central Ohio and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Honda was the first Japanese company to establish auto manufacturing operations in the United States, opening Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982. The company has had an Official Vehicle relationship with Mid-Ohio since 1994, and nearly 10,000 associates and their family members are expected to attend the Mid-Ohio race weekend.
  • Today, Honda operates multiple manufacturing facilities and a major Research & Development center in Ohio.  Combined, they employ more than 13,000 associates and have the capacity to produce more than 650,000 vehicles and 1.18 million engines annually.  

Next

Having reached the midpoint in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the championship now heads north of the border, to Toronto, for the first time in three years.  The Honda Indy Toronto takes place July 14-16 on the streets of Exhibition Place just south of downtown.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Mid-Ohio 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).

2023 Honda Civic Type R Prototype Makes U.S. Public Debut at Honda Indy 200

July 3, 2022 — LEXINGTON, Ohio

  • Prototype of the all-new Honda Civic Type R takes hot laps around Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Highly anticipated hot hatch wears special camouflage during its first public appearance on U.S. soil

A prototype of the all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R completed a series of demonstration hot laps around the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, making its first public appearance in the United States to the delight of a large crowd of IndyCar fans and motorsport enthusiasts. Wearing a special camouflage wrap and driven by vehicle dynamics engineer Chad Gilsinger from Honda’s North American Auto Development Center in Ohio, the highly anticipated hot hatch also will serve as lead vehicle at the start of Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.  

Type R is the pinnacle of Honda factory performance, and the all-new Civic Type R will continue that legacy as the best performing Civic Type R ever when it goes on sale this year. Engineered from the ground up to deliver thrilling performance on the road and the racetrack, the all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R recently set a new track record for a front-wheel drive car at the legendary Suzuka Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Honda Japanese Grand Prix 2022.

Honda Qualifying at Mid-Ohio

#26: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda
#9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
#18: David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

Herta, Dixon Head Honda Qualifying at Mid-Ohio

  • Colton Herta qualifies third in his Andretti Autosport Honda for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R
  • Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud also advance to final round qualifying and will start fifth and sixth, respectively
  • David Malukas heads rookie qualifiers, will start eighth for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 2, 2022) – Colton Herta led the way for Honda today in NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 Presented by the all-new 2023 Civic Type R, and will start third in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud also advanced through the first two rounds of “knockout” qualifying to end the day fifth and sixth, respectively.  While missing the third and final qualifying round, David Malukas continued his impressive debut season of INDYCAR competition and will start eighth in his Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda, the best among the six rookies in the field.

Honda Indy 200 Qualifying Results

  •   3rd Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   5th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   6th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  •   7th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   8th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 12th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 13th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 15th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 16th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 17th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 18th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 19th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 20th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 27th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start fifth: “It was nice to make it to the Fast Six [final qualifying]. It was definitely pretty tight there in the Fast 12. I think there were four of us who left at the same time, so it was nice to be on the right side of that. The PNC Bank #9 was really nice to drive. Maybe we could have used reds in the Fast 6, but we’re starting fifth, and we’ve won from further back at this place. We’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can make it to the podium for a Honda event.”

David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda) fastest rookie qualifier, will start 8th: “It’s a bit unfortunate [not to advance to final round qualifying].  The car was good and we had the pace.  We definitely should’ve been in there [but for traffic on his final lap]. But to be upset about qualifying eighth means we’re going in the right direction.”

Fast Facts

  • Honda drivers have won 11 of the 16 Indy car races run at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since the series returned to the circuit under the Honda Indy 200 banner in 2007.
  • This weekend’s Honda Indy 200, presented by the all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R, will include the North American public debut of Honda’s newest performance passenger vehicle.  The 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be featured at the Honda Product Display in the Mid-Ohio Midway throughout the weekend, will run demonstration laps on Friday and Saturday; and will lead the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field prior to the start of Sunday’s feature event.
  • American Honda has a long history of involvement in central Ohio and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Honda was the first Japanese company to establish auto manufacturing operations in the United States, opening Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982. The company has had an Official Vehicle relationship with Mid-Ohio since 1994, and nearly 10,000 associates and their family members are expected to attend the Mid-Ohio race weekend.
  • Today, Honda operates multiple manufacturing facilities and a major Research & Development center in Ohio.  Combined, they employ more than 13,000 associates and have the capacity to produce more than 650,000 vehicles and 1.18 million engines annually.  

Where to Watch

Live NBC race coverage of the Honda Indy 200 from Mid-Ohio begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 3; with live streaming on NBC Peacock.  Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Road America

#27: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda, #2: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet
#8: Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, podium
#27: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda
#30: Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Honda’s Ericsson Reclaims Championship Lead at Road America

  • Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson returns to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship lead with second-place finish at Road America
  • Alexander Rossi scores second successive podium with third-place finish
  • Honda drivers claim four of the top-five finishing positions with Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 12, 2022) – Last month’s Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson led the way for Honda today in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America, with a second-place finish vaulting him back into the championship points lead after eight of 17 races.  

Starting fourth, Ericsson ran in the lead group throughout the first two stints of the 55-lap, 220-mile race.  When a late-race caution flag led to a restart with just three laps remaining, second-running Alexander Rossi made a lunge for the lead, but had to abort the attempt and Ericsson used the opportunity to grab second, finishing three seconds behind winner Josef Newgarden.  With today’s result, Ericsson has a 27-point lead in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship over Will Power, who finished 19th.

Rossi, the pole qualifier on Saturday, recovered to finish third, with his Honda-powered Andretti Autosport teammates Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Also of note, Graham Rahal rebounded from a disappointing 22nd in qualifying to finish eighth today, with his Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Christian Lundegaard leading the rookie contingent with an 11th-place finish.

Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America Honda Results

  •   2nd Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   3rd Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   4th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   5th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   8th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   9th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 11th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 12th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 13th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 15th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 16th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 18th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 22nd Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 24th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 27th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda [did not finish – contact]

R – Rookie

Quotes

Marcus Ericsson (#8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) finished second, moves into the Drivers’ Championship points lead after 8 of 17 races: “It was a really good race, and we were strong throughout the weekend. Honda, HPD, and everyone on the #8 Chip Ganassi Racing team did an awesome job this weekend, they gave me a really good race car today.  Finishing second is great for the championship.  I am sorry about the [early race] contact with Alex [Palou].  From my point of view, we were side-by-side and it was a nice racing move. But you never want to have contact with a teammate, and I’m super sorry Alex was damaged there.” 

Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier, finished third: “We went for the lead on that last restart, and it kind of cost us [dropping from second to third], but ultimately a good day for us. It took us until the last stint to get the balance right in the car, and then we could make up ground on Josef [Newgarden].  It’s always disappointing when you start on pole, but don’t win the race, but it’s been a good couple of races for us [with podium finishes at both Detroit and Road Amerca].  We’ll take to positives from that and move on to Mid-Ohio.”

Rebecca Johnson (Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda podium finishes at Road America: “While we can’t be fully satisfied with missing out on the race win, it was good to seen Marcus [Ericsson] move back to the championship points lead with a strong second-place finish and Andretti Autosport had their best result – across the board – today with [Alexander] Rossi, Romain [Grosjean] and Colton [Herta] all scoring top-five finishes.  The Rahal Letterman Lanigan organization today demonstrated they are improving, with Graham [Rahal] coming from 22nd on the grid to finish eighth; and Christian Lundegaard again leading the rookie field with an 11th-place result.  After five consecutive weekends at Indianapolis, Detroit and now here in Wisconsin, it will be nice for the HPD race team to get a brief, but well-deserved break, before resuming the season at our “home” circuit, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, on the Independence Day weekend.”

Fast Fact

  • Honda Indy car drivers have scored eight victories at Road America, most recently in last year’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, won by eventual series champion Alex Palou in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Next

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back racing at the Midwestern “home circuit” for American Honda, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, for the Honda Indy 200 presented by the all-new 2023 Civic Type R, on July 1-3.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Road America 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).

Alexander Rossi, Honda Claim Pole in Road America Qualifying

NTT P1 Award winner #27: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda, pole
  • Alexander Rossi takes his Andretti Autosport Honda to the pole in qualifying for Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America
  • Chip Ganassi Racing teammates will line up third and fourth in their Hondas
  • Colton Herta rounds out the top five qualifiers for Honda, Andretti Autosport

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 11, 2022) – Alexander Rossi led the way in NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying today in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and will start from the pole in Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America. The pole is the eighth of Rossi’s Indy car career, and his second at Road America, where the Andretti Autosport driver dominated in 2019, leading all but one of the 55 laps for his seventh career win.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson make up the second row of the starting grid in the 27-car field, with defending series champion Palou qualifying third, and recent Indianapolis 500 winner Ericsson in fourth. Colton Herta rounded out the top five qualifiers today for Honda in his Andretti Autosport entry.

Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America Honda Qualifying Results

  • 1st Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 3rd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 4th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 7th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 10th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 11th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 13th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 14th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 16th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 19th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 20th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 21st Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 22nd Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 26th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R-Rookie

Quotes

Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier: “I think we saw with last year’s [qualifying] results here that [Firestone primary ‘Black’ compound] tires were the way to go, so I think that’s just kind of a trend here. But it was an amazing job here all weekend by the Napa Auto Parts/AutoNation Honda team. It’s been a long time since we’ve been in this position [on the pole] so it’s amazing. It was so close today. We’ll enjoy it now, but we’ve still got a job to do [in the race] tomorrow. I think we’re really strong on the primaries, so huge thanks to the team for all their efforts this weekend. It’s a good boost for everyone, and we’ll enjoy it going into tomorrow.”

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start third: “Qualifying [third] is good, we were close [to claiming the pole], that was a good job by Alex [Rossi] and the 27 team. We were on the right strategy using the [Firestone primary compound] Black tires, it’s just that Alex [Rossi] was able to get a bit more time out of them than we could. They made it happen. But we’ve been improving the car every single time we’ve gone out this weekend and this is an amazing starting position compared to last week [when Palou started 18th in Detroit].”

Fast Facts

  • Honda Indy car drivers have scored eight victories at Road America, most recently in last year’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, won by eventual series champion Alex Palou in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
  • In 2020, Honda drivers scored a clean sweep of both rounds of a doubleheader race weekend. Scott Dixon won Saturday’s opening race en route to his sixth drivers’ title; with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Felix Rosenqvist claiming victory in Sunday’s event.
  • In 2019, Alexander Rossi dominated at Road America leading 54 of the 55 laps for a crushing, 28-second margin of victory in his Andretti Autosport Honda.
  • Dixon provided his own master class in race craft in 2017, taking charge midway through the 220-mile contest and fending off all challengers to claim the win.

Where to Watch

Live NBC race coverage of the race from Road America begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 12; with live streaming on NBC Peacock. Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Road America 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 Road America

Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America

Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 12

NBC and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at Road America

Honda Indy car drivers have scored eight victories at Road America, most recently in last year’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, won by eventual series champion Alex Palou in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

In 2020, Honda drivers scored a clean sweep of both rounds of a doubleheader race weekend. Scott Dixon won Saturday’s opening race en route to his sixth drivers’ title; with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Felix Rosenqvist claiming victory in Sunday’s event.

In 2019, Alexander Rossi dominated at Road America leading 54 of the 55 laps for a crushing, 28-second margin of victory in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Dixon provided his own master class in race craft in 2017, taking charge midway through the 220-mile contest and fending off all challengers to claim the win.

Alex Zanardi recorded Honda’s first Road America Indy car win in 1997, on the way to his first of two consecutive Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) titles.

Dario Franchitti scored the first Indy car victory of his illustrious career at Road America in 1998, heading Zanardi home to a 1-2 finish for Honda, with Franchitti’s future teammate, Tony Kanaan, finishing fourth.

Honda’s most thrilling Indy car win at Road America came in 2000, as Paul Tracy charged from last to first after a mechanical issue forced him to re-start his engine on the opening lap of the race, dropping him to the rear of the starting field.

Where to Watch

Television coverage from Road America on NBC Peacock begins with the opening practice Friday at 4:25 p.m. EDT, and continues through each practice and qualifying session of the race weekend.

Live NBC race coverage of the race from Road America begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 12; with live streaming on NBC Peacock. Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Road America 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 in Detroit

  • Alexander Rossi’s late-race charge comes up just short as he finishes second for Honda and Andretti Autosport
  • Scott Dixon runs third in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • Defending series champion Alex Palou comes home sixth, Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson runs seventh
#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
#9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
#27: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda, Pit Stop

DETROIT, Mich. (June 5, 2022) – It was a double podium finish for Honda on the streets of Belle Isle Park with Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon scoring second and third in today’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at the Detroit city park.

Strategy was the word of the day at Detroit, with all three podium finishers using different race and pit strategies to make their way forward—choosing different stint lengths, as well as different times to use the Firestone Black (primary) and Red (alternate) tires—in a race that ran completely caution-free. Rossi’s strategy of choice allowed him to close more than 15 seconds to the leader in the closing stages, finishing just one second back at the checkered flag. 

Alex Palou moved up 12 positions after struggling in qualifying to finish sixth, and his Chip Ganassi teammate—and newly-minted Indy 500 winner—Marcus Ericsson crossed the line seventh. Colton Herta and Simon Pagenaud would also notch top 10 finishes for Honda, while David Malukas would finish just outside the top 10 in 11th, but score highest-finishing rookie honors for the second week in a row, as well as fastest lap of the race.

Detroit Grand Prix Honda Race Results

  • 2nd Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 3rd Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 6th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 7th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 9th Simon Pageaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 11th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 13th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 15th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 14th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 17th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 18th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 22nd Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 25th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 26th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • R – Rookie

Quotes

Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) Finished 2nd: “One more lap and it might’ve been a different story. But it was a good day for the team and Honda. We come here with the fastest car every year, but can’t seem to get a win. Will [Power, race winner] obviously did an amazing job, so we will take second and move on to Road America.

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganssi Racing Honda) Finished 3rd: “That was a decent run for us. I feel like we were maybe a little too conservative on the opening stint [on the softer “Red” tires]. I knew the Reds were going to be fast at the start, and was probably biding my time a bit too much. Congratulations to Will [Power], he drove a fantastic race. But really happy for Honda, and to be back on the podium for them. And a great job by the #9 crew all day long.”

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished 6th: “This is almost a win for us today. Today was great! No cautions [in the race], but we still made it from 18th to sixth, that [result] was all on pure pace, strategy and perfect pit stops. [The middle stint on degrading “Reds”] was tough! It was really tough to keep [the Red tires] alive, but there are so many people going so fast, and challenging you for position, so you tend to go faster than you should with those tires. But, I thought it was amazing that the drivers really made a difference in how we treat the tires and strategies. There are people on the podium with three different strategies, so I thought it was a really good race. Obviously, it was super hard to keep the pace up without overheating those tires, but, I’m happy! Next, we’re heading to Road America, which is a track I won at last year, so I’m really happy to go back.”

Kelvin Fu (Vice President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Detroit Grand Prix: “That was a great job by Alexander Rossi today, to carry over his strong performance from the Indianapolis 500, and the whole Ganassi team as well—with three cars finishing in the top 10 here at Detroit. This race is always difficult on the cars and on teams with the bumps and short turnaround time from Indy, but we are happy to have placed six cars in the top 10 and 10 of the top 15 for Honda in our last visit to Belle Isle. Looking forward to making the move to the streets of downtown Detroit next year!”

Fast Facts

Honda and Honda Performance Development, the North America racing arm of Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports, come to the Detroit Grand Prix seeking to continue a run of major race wins in 2022, including last weekend’s 15th – and third consecutive – Indianapolis 500 triumph for Marcus Ericsson in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

In 2021, HPD became the first engine build firm to win both the Rolex 24 at Daytona overall (with Wayne Taylor Racing) and Indianapolis 500 (Helio Castroneves’ historic fourth Indy win) in same calendar year.

The company repeated that feat in 2022, with Meyer Shank Racing leading a 1-2 finish for Acura at Daytona in addition to Ericsson’s thrilling victory at Indianapolis last Sunday.

Next

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back racing next weekend at the National Park of Speed, Wisconsin’s Road America June 10-12.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from the Detroit Grand Prix 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).

Front-Row Start for Sato, Honda in Detroit

Front-Row Start for Sato, Honda in Detroit

  • Takuma Sato qualifies second in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda for Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix 
  • Dale Coyne Racing, Meyer Shank Racing Hondas all advance to final-round qualifying
  • Honda drivers claim seven of top-10 starting positions

DETROIT, Mich. (June 4, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing showed its strength on the streets of Belle Isle Raceway, as two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato claimed a front row start and teammate David Malukas led the rookie contingent in qualifying today for Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES Grand Prix of Detroit.

Sato’s best qualifying performance of 2022 saw him just edged [by 0.1337 seconds] for the pole by Josef Newgarden; while Malukas advanced to Firestone “Fast Six” final qualifying for the first time this year and will start sixth.  

The two-car Meyer Shank Racing effort also recorded strong results for Honda, with 2013 Detroit winner Simon Pagenaud qualifying third; and teammate Helio Castroneves, fourth.  In all, Honda drivers claimed seven of the top 10 starting positions for Sunday’s 70-lap race, and nine of the top 12. 

Detroit Grand Prix Honda Qualifying Results

  •   2nd Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  •   3rd Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  •   4th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  •   6th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  •   7th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   8th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   9th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 11th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 18th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 19th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 20th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 21st Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 22nd Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 23rd Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Takuma Sato (#51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Racing Honda) will start second: “Absolutely, this is a great day for the team.  To get both cars in the [Fast Six] final qualifying is fantastic, and David [Malukas] did a phenomenal job in the first sector, he really pushed me hard!  I also had quite a good lap [in final qualifying] and that was very satisfying.  We’ve known all year we had the speed, and today we were able to put it all together.  It was absolutely a team effort.”

Simon Pagneaud (#60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda) will start third: “It’s a fantastic day for the team, starting on the second row with [teammate] Helio [Castroneves], who did such a great job as well.  We’ve had great cars here all weekend.  I really thought we had the pole lap, but I hit traffic right at the end of my first fast lap and had to bail out of it, and that messed up our second lap [on the softer Firestone “Red” tires] as well.  So I’m actually a little disappointed with third, to be honest.  But that’s racing.  We’ll get them next time!”

Fast Facts

  • Honda and Honda Performance Development, the North America racing arm of Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports, come to the Detroit Grand Prix seeking to continue a run of major race wins in 2022, including last weekend’s 15th – and third consecutive –  Indianapolis 500 triumph for Marcus Ericsson in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. 
  • In 2021, HPD became the first engine build firm to win both the Rolex 24 at Daytona overall (with Wayne Taylor Racing) and Indianapolis 500 (Helio Castroneves’ historic fourth Indy win) in same calendar year.  
  • The company repeated that feat in 2022, with Meyer Shank Racing leading a 1-2 finish for Acura at Daytona in addition to Ericsson’s thrilling victory at Indianapolis last Sunday.
  • Honda returns to Detroit having won six of the last eight NTT INDYCAR SERIES events run at Belle Isle Park. 
  • Honda’s most recent victory came last year, when Ericsson recorded his first INDYCAR victory in Saturday’s opening race.

Where to Watch

USA Network race coverage from Detroit begins at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 5; with live streaming on NBC Peacock.  Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Honda Wins Indy – Again

  • Marcus Ericsson takes his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to victory in the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500
  • Honda’s third consecutive win at Indianapolis, and 15 th since 2004
  • Honda driver David Malukas is top-finishing “500” rookie
Winner #8: Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, podium

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 29, 2022) – It was Marcus Ericsson’s day today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the ‘Sneaky Swede’ storming to victory and scoring Honda’s 15th Indy 500 win. 

Starting from the middle of row two, Ericsson would lead 13 laps in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda en route to victory. It wasn’t without drama for the driver of the #8 machine, however.

Despite pulling a three-second gap on the field with just 10 laps to go, a late-race red flag—the result of a crash by Ericsson’s teammate Jimmie Johnson—would allow the field to catch up and challenge Ericsson for the win a two-lap shootout. 

In addition to Ericsson, the day was largely dominated by the Honda-powered Chip Ganassi Racing organization. He and his CGR teammates would lead a combined 163 of 200 laps, with Scott Dixon leading the pack with 95 laps led and becoming the all-time lap leader in the Indy 500. 

Dixon would unfortunately fall victim to a late-race pit lane speeding violation, while 2021 Champion Alex Palou (47 laps led) would be caught out by an ill-timed yellow on pit strategy. Dixon would ultimately finish 21st and Palou would recover to a ninth-place finish. 

Tony Kanaan would finish third on the day. While 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi would storm from 20th to fifth and four-time ‘500’ champ Helio Castroneves from 27th to seventh.

Castroneves’ Meyer Shank Racing teammate and 2019 race winner Simon Pagenaud would finish just behind in eighth. 

Honda also took top honors in the highest-finishing rookie category, with David Malukas crossing the line for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports in 16th place. 

In addition to forever being an Indianapolis 500 champion, Marcus Ericsson also takes the lead in the 2022 INDYCAR championship points after six of 17 races.

Honda Results from the 2022 Indianapolis 500

  • 1st Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 3rd Tony Kanaan-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Alexander Rossi-W Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 7th Helio Castroneves-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 8th Simon Pagenaud-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 9th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 14th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 16th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 18th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 20th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 21st Scott Dixon-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 22nd Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 25th Takuma Sato-W Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 28th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda – Did Not Finish – contact
  • 30th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda – Did Not Finish – mechanical
  • 31st Romain Grosjean-R Andretti Autosport Honda – Did Not Finish – contact

Quotes

Marcus Ericsson (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Indianapolis 500 race winner, Honda’s third consecutive win at Indy; moves to the top of the championship points lead after six of 17 races: “You know, it’s the biggest race in the world and to win is just an incredible feeling. The way we had to it – with the pressure [of the late-race restart] at the end – it was a very tough finish. I needed all that Honda power to be able to pull it off! So we’re very, very thankful for that. It’s just an incredible feeling. We’ve been strong all month, both our Ganassi cars and all the Honda cars. We’ve been the ones to beat, to be honest. To end up in Victory Lane, it’s just a dream come true.”

Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Honda) Finished third: “A great win for Honda, a great win for the team. I mean, [team owner] Chip [Ganassi] only asked us to do one thing: ‘don’t hit your teammate’. I was thinking about that when we restarted after the last yellow [caution flag]. Marcus [Ericsson, teammate and race winner] did an awesome job and deserved to win. I’m already looking forward to coming back next year.”

David Malukas (Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda) finished 16th, highest-finishing rookie: “It feels really good. I mean, that was such a long race. This track, it chooses its winners for sure. We were in the top 10 the whole way, then a yellow [caution flag] comes out that’s simply bad timing for us, and drops us down to about P20. But then we worked our way back up to 16th so, overall, we finished the race and I’m real happy.”

David Salters (President, Honda Performance Development) on Honda’s 15th Indianapolis 500 win and third consecutive victory: “Racing comes down to a team effort, United groups of talented people pushing themselves, working smart and hard.  That’s three [Indianapolis 500 victories] in a row for the amazingly talented group at HPD – bravo boys and girls!! The amazing team at Chip Ganassi Racing produced rocket ship race cars – again what a team of talented boys and girls.  We are extremely proud to race for Honda and the culture of racing and success in Honda continues to show itself, with Monaco [Formula One] and Indy 500 victories today – nice work everyone!! Cheers!!”

Fast Facts

  • This is Honda’s third consecutive Indianapolis 500 victory; with Takuma Sato scoring his second “500” triumph in 2020 and Helio Castroneves claiming his record-tying fourth win last year.
  • Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 15 victories from 22 races – a win ratio of 66% – since the company entered the INDYCAR competition in 1994.
  • Honda first won the ‘500’ in the manufacturer’s fourth attempt, when Buddy Rice piloted his Rahal Letterman Racing Honda to victory in 2004.
  • Other Honda-powered Indy winners include Dan Wheldon in 2005 and 2011, Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010 and 2012), Scott Dixon (2008), Helio Castroneves (2009 and 2021), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Alexander Rossi (2016), and Takuma Sato in 2017 and 2020.
  • Honda has had more race starts at the Indianapolis 500 than any other auto manufacturer: 422 starts. Honda drivers also have completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker: 74,160 laps.

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12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 29
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  • Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 14 victories from 21 races – a win ratio of 66% – since the company entered the INDYCAR competition in 1994.
  • Honda has had more race starts at the Indianapolis 500 than any other auto manufacturer: 405 starts. Honda also has completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker: 70,935 laps.
  • After recording his fifth pole at Indianapolis with a record-setting, 234.046 mph qualifying run on Sunday, previous ‘500’ winner and six-time series champion Scott Dixon will lead the 33-car field in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Dixon’s pole run was the 13th for Honda at the 500, and the seventh with multi-manufacturer competition.
  • In his 21st consecutive Indianapolis 500, Helio Castroneves won an historic fourth Indianapolis 500 in 2021, trading the lead with fellow Honda driver and eventual series champion, Alex Palou, in the closing stages of the race.
  • Honda first won the ‘500’ in the manufacturer’s fourth attempt, when Buddy Rice piloted his Rahal Letterman Racing Honda to victory in 2004.
  • Other Honda-powered Indy winners include Dan Wheldon in 2005 and 2011, Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010 and 2012), Scott Dixon (2008), Helio Castroneves (2009), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Alexander Rossi (2016), and Takmua Sato in 2017 and 2020.
  • This year’s 33-car field includes 17 Honda drivers. In addition to Dixon, Honda drivers who qualified in the top 10 include defending series champion Palou, starting second for Chip Ganassi Racing. Two more Ganassi Hondas, driven by Marcus Ericsson and Tony Kanaan, will start fifth and sixth, respectively. Romain Grosjean is the fastest ‘500’ rookie, and will start ninth in his Andretti Autosport Honda. Two-time Indy winner Sato rounds out the top 10 for Honda in his Dale Coyne Racing with RWR entry.

Where to Watch

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