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Honda Performance Development Expands Support for NXG Youth Motorsports

  • HPD supplying NXG with Honda kart engines for youth motorsports program
  • Honda engines will assist in NXG’s expansion into new markets
  • Part of INDYCAR’s Race for Equality and Change

Santa Clarita, CA (July 7, 2021) – Honda Performance Development (HPD) is expanding its support of NXG Youth Motorsports (NXG) by providing a fresh supply of 30 Honda karting engines for the program’s expanding efforts to bring motorsports to minority students and underrepresented communities.

Headed by co-founder and chief instructor Rod Reid, NXG (Nexgeneracers), and its programs feature science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to create opportunities and experiences for its youth participants through motorsports while focusing on minority students from underrepresented communities. 

Honda’s GX series engines are legendary for superior reliability and performance. The Honda GX200 engine delivers reliability and performance, and is utilized in the NXG racing series. Advantages of the Honda GX200 include lower noise levels, lower vibration, and lower emissions – without sacrificing power output or performance.

“HPD and Honda have long been supporters of youth in motorsports,” said John Whiteman, HPD’s manager of commercial motorsports. “As NXG Youth Motorsports continues to grow and expand into new markets, we’re pleased to be able to assist them by providing Honda engines for their racing karts.”

After building a successful Indiana-based program over the last 15 years, NXG became an official partner with INDYCAR and Penske Entertainment Corp. through its Race for Equality & Change initiative in 2020. The academy has targeted the Detroit community as it expands its reach in 2021, and NXG hosted its inaugural Detroit program June 5-6 at Belle Isle Park, site of the annual NTT INDYCAR SERIES race weekend.

“We’re very grateful to Honda and HPD for their continued support of our efforts, and we’ll be putting these new engines to immediate use,” Reid said. “The Honda engines have proven to be an excellent teaching tool for us, with performance and reliability that far exceeded our expectations.”

NXG program includes five levels –  MA100, MA200, MA300, MA400, and MA500 – to progressively introduce boys and girls to the fundamental aspects of racing that include advanced driving techniques, track geometry, understanding mechanical equipment and self-control – each transferable to their future daily lives.

All five levels include STEM-related education and English and critical thinking assignments revolving around motorsports. Each level takes place over 2-days on the weekend, providing eight hours of classroom and on-track instruction.


“The program is designed for a boy or girl who hasn’t driven anything, not a go-kart, not a mini-bike,” Reid said. “We take them from 0 to 45 mph, as that’s the maximum speed of our karts. We pride ourselves on being very patient, very tolerant and very safety-conscious.” 

NXG Academy participants who want to continue into advanced competition then are reviewed by Reid and his crew. Up to 10 competitors are selected to race in the NXG Grand Prix series, which consists of eight to 10 races from April through September on temporary road courses at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Purdue University.   



About NXG Youth Motorsports

NXG Youth Motorsports (NXG), an experiential academy for life-skill development, and its programs featuring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), create opportunities and experiences for its youth participants through motorsports while focusing on minority students from underrepresented communities.

Please visit the NXG Youth Motorsports website for program applications, requirements and more information: www.nxgyouth.org.

About Honda Performance Development:

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

For more information about HPD and the company’s racing product lines, please visit: http://hpd.honda.com.

About Honda Power Equipment
Honda Power Equipment, a business unit of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, walk-behind and robotic lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications.

For more information about Honda Power Equipment, visit: https://powerequipment.honda.com

Honda at Mid-Ohio – Race Report

#8: Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Ericsson, Palou Earn Double Podium for Honda at Mid-Ohio

  • Alex Palou increases his championship lead to 39 points with third-place run
  • Marcus Ericsson challenges for win in final laps, finishes second
  • Honda powers six of top seven finishers, increases Manufacturers’ Title lead

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 4, 2021) – Honda’s Marcus Ericsson turned a career-best qualifying run on Saturday into a solid second-place result today to lead Honda drivers and teams to a double podium finish in the Honda Indy 200 Presented by the HPD Ridgeline at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Ericsson started third and vaulted into second when front row starter Colton Herta fell victim to a refueling issue during his first pit stop. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was more than eight seconds behind eventual race winner Josef Newgarden at the time, but started closing the gap with each trip around the 2.231-mile Mid-Ohio layout.

The Swede had cut the lead to three seconds with 10 laps to go and shaved it to one second on the final lap before settling for a second-place finish. Ericsson led a phalanx of Honda-powered finishers in the top 10 as eight Hondas placed in the top 10 including six of the top seven.

Palou, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, started seventh but climbed through the field to claim the final spot on the podium, third. The result allowed Palou to increase his lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings, and he leaves Ohio with a 39-point advantage over Pato O’Ward, and a 56-point margin over his teammate and defending champion, Scott Dixon.

Continuing the list of top-10 Honda-powered results today, Dixon would finish fourth ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, who in turn was chased home by Graham Rahal [sixth] and Romain Grosjean, eighth. Rahal Letterman Lanigan drivers Takuma Sato and Santino Ferrucci rounded out the top 10; giving Honda an unofficial 73-point Manufacturers’ Championship lead.

Honda Indy 200, Presented by the HPD Ridgeline Results

  •   2nd Marcus Ericsson                Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   3rd Alex Palou                        Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   4th Scott Dixon                                   Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   5th Alexander Rossi                Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   6th Graham Rahal                  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   7th Romain Grosjean-R                       Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  •   9th Santino Ferrucci                Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 10th Takuma Sato                    Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 13thColton Herta                     Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 17th James Hinchcliffe              Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 19th Jack Harvey                      Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 20th Ryan Norman-R                Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 22nd Jimmie Johnson-R                        Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 24th Ryan Hunter-Reay             Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 26th Ed Jones                           Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 10 of 16 rounds)

Honda                  863 points

Chevrolet              790

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 10 rounds)

1. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                     384 points [2 race wins]

2. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP                               345 [2 wins]

3. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                    328 [1 win]

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished Third: Championship leader: “Today the car was really good, Honda gave us great power and we were able to fight when the chances came. The only way that we are going to be able to win this championship is to go out and keep putting the car on the podium every week so that is what we are concentrating on.”

Marcus Ericsson (#8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished Second: “I’m proud of the whole team.  Everyone has done a great job, and it was a true team effort.  The #8 Husky Honda was feeling great out there and we were pushing really, really hard to catch Josef [Newgarden, race winner]. I saw with about 10 laps to go that he was starting to struggle and I went after him with everything I had. I think in a couple more laps, we could’ve challenged for the win but, overall, second is a very good result today.”

Kelvin Fu (Vice-President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race at Mid-Ohio:

“First, congratulations to Roger Penske’s on his milestone victory today, 50 years after his first major race win.  But also, congratulations to Chip Ganassi Racing, who led the way for Honda and HPD and gave the fans here an exciting finish. It was great to see all the fans at Mid-Ohio today, what an impressive crowd to come out here on Independence Day. We’ll continue to work hard, and we’re looking forward to going to Nashville for the first time in just a few weeks.”

Fast Fact

  • 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.

Next

After four races in the past four weeks, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes a three-week break before resuming August 6-8 with the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, on the temporary street circuit in Nashville, Tennessee.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from the Honda Indy 200 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 Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Qualifying Report

#26: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport Honda

Honda’s Colton Herta on Front Row For Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

  • Andretti Autosport’s Herta just .0031 shy of pole-winning time  
  • Marcus Ericsson to start third, Scott Dixon grids fifth in hunt for 7th Mid-Ohio win
  • Honda drivers claim eight of the top 10 starting positions

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 3, 2021) – Colton Herta came up just three-thousandths of a second shy of winning the pole for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200, Presented by the HPD Ridgeline, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and will grid on the outside of the front row for the 80-lap race.

Herta led his opening qualifying session around the 2.231-mile Ohio road course and fought Josef Newgarden through the second round of qualifying before posting a best time of 1:06.677 in the final qualifying session, which left him trailing the Texan by a scant .0031 seconds. The session marks the third consecutive race where Newgarden and Herta have finished first and second in the Firestone Fast Six qualifying.

The Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon will start third and fifth respectively in their Hondas. Ericcson posted his best qualifying result of the 2021 campaign, while his teammate grids fifth as he seeks his seventh Mid-Ohio victory. Alexander Rossi made it four Honda-powered cars in the Fast Six as the Andretti Autosport pilot will start sixth Sunday.

An exciting second session of IndyCar qualifying saw INDYCAR SERIES point leader Alex Palou just miss a berth in the Fast Six, leaving the Chip Ganassi Racing driver to grid alongside hometown hero Graham Rahal, as the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver will look to reprise his 2015 win from the fourth row.

Honda also placed four additional drivers in the top 12, giving HPD an eight-to-four in the top-12 spots, as Palou and Rahal were joined the 12-car qualifying session by Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe (9th) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (10th).  

Honda Indy 200 Qualifying Results

  •   2ndColton Herta                    Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   3rd Marcus Ericsson                Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   5th Scott Dixon                                   Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   6th Alexander Rossi                Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   7th Alex Palou                        Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   8th Graham Rahal                  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   9th James Hinchcliffe              Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 10th Ryan Hunter-Reay             Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 16th Ed Jones                           Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 18th Romain Grosjean-R                       Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 19th Takuma Sato                    Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    
  • 22nd Santino Ferrucci                Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd Jack Harvey                      Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 25th Jimmie Johnson-R             Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 26th Ryan Norman-R                Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) Qualified Second: “It’s very disappointing when you finish second by a margin that is that close. I think it is the third straight weekend I’ve finished second in qualifying, but it is always fun to battle with Josef. He’s one of the guys that is extremely clean in this series and he always races hard so it’s fun

Marcus Ericsson (Chip Ganassi Racing) Qualified Third: “It was a good session I think all in all it has been a bit of a tricky weekend but we have worked hard and the whole #8 Husky Chocolate #8 team has done a great job. I think Honda gave us great power today to get everything out of the car and we are definitely in a great position to fight for the win tomorrow.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) Qualified Fifth: “A little bit sad about how it went in the Fast Six there. We changed a couple of small things around there but it’s a good starting spot for the PNC Bank #9. Honda’s doing really with their cars in the Fast Six and congratulations to Marcus for starting P3. We’ve won from here before and we’ll try to do it again tomorrow.

Fast Facts

  • Honda-powered drivers and teams have won 16 of 23 races run at Mid-Ohio since the company entered Indy car racing in 1994, including 11 of 18 races run with engine manufacturer competition.
  • Led by race winner Colton Herta, Honda drivers swept the top five finishing positions in the second event of a doubleheader Mid-Ohio race weekend in 2020.  Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay made it a 1-2-3 result for the Honda-powered Andretti Autosport team; with local favorite Graham Rahal and Marcus Ericsson rounding out the top five.
  • With five Honda-powered victories at Mid-Ohio, defending series champion Scott Dixon is the most successful IndyCar Series driver at this track.  Dixon won with Honda in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and again in 2019. His Chip Ganassi Racing teammates, Dario Franchitti and Charlie Kimball, won in 2010 and 2013, respectively, giving the team eight total, and five consecutive Honda victories at Mid-Ohio.

Where to Watch Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 Presented by the HPD Ridgeline

Live NBC Network race coverage of the Honda Indy 200 Presented by the HPD Ridgeline begins at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 4.  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 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).

Honda Racing INDYCAR message points for the Honda Indy 200, Presented by the HPD Ridgeline

Honda Indy 200, Presented by the HPD Ridgeline

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH

12 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 4

NBC and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at Mid-Ohio

  • Honda-powered drivers and teams have won 16 of 23 races run at Mid-Ohio since the company entered Indy car racing in 1994, including 11 of 18 races run with engine manufacturer competition.
  • Led by race winner Colton Herta, Honda drivers swept the top five finishing positions in the second event of a doubleheader Mid-Ohio race weekend in 2020.  Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay made it a 1-2-3 result for the Honda-powered Andretti Autosport team; with local favorite Graham Rahal and Marcus Ericsson rounding out the top five.
  • With five Honda-powered victories at Mid-Ohio, defending series champion Scott Dixon is the most successful IndyCar Series driver at this track.  Dixon won with Honda in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and again in 2019. His Chip Ganassi Racing teammates, Dario Franchitti and Charlie Kimball, won in 2010 and 2013, respectively, giving the team eight total, and five consecutive Honda victories at Mid-Ohio.
  • Rahal led another Honda 1-2 finish at the 2015 Honda Indy 200, with the late Justin Wilson finishing second after a fierce battle in the closing laps.
  • In the Championship Auto Racing Teams era, Honda drivers won five of the nine races from 1994-2002, more than any other manufacturer.  Alex Zanardi led a 1-2 finish for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 1996 with Jimmy Vasser second.  Zanardi won again in 1997.  Juan Pablo Montoya led a 1-2-3-4 result for Honda in 1999, being followed to the checkers by Paul Tracy, Franchitti and Vasser.  Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran finished 1-2 for Honda and Team Penske in both 2000 and 2001.  
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Honda has served as title sponsor of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio since it returned to the IndyCar Series schedule in 2007.

Manufacturer Competition

  • Honda drivers have scored six victories in the first nine races this season, and leads the Manufacturers’ Championship 738 points to 710 for rival Chevrolet. Honda is seeking its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.
  • In addition to Helio Castroneves historic win at the Indianapolis 500, Honda race winners this year include Alex Palou last weekend at Road America and at the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama; Marcus Ericsson in the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader; defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon (Texas Race 1); and Colton Herta (Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg).
  • Palou comes to Mid-Ohio leading the Drivers’ Championship with 349 points to 321 for Pato O’Ward.  Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Scott Dixon, is third with 296 points.
  • 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, highest among all active drivers in the series.
  • Honda’s Indy car win total of 258 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 Mid Ohio on NBC Peacock begins with the opening practice Friday at 2:30 p.m. EDT, and continues through each practice and qualifying of the race weekend.
  • Live NBC Network race coverage of the Honda Indy 200 Presented by the HPD Ridgeline begins at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 4.  Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Honda at Road America

Palou Leads Honda 1-2 at Road America

  • Alex Palou reclaims the championship points lead with Road America victory
  • Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta takes second place
  • Honda powers seven of top eight finishers, leads Manufacturers’ Title chase

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 20, 2021) – Honda’s Alex Palou claimed his second victory of the year today in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ visit to the National Park of Speed, Road America.

Palou, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, started on the outside of the front row and led the final two laps en route to victory. The win puts Palou back in command of the Drivers’ Championship standings, with an 28-point lead over Pato O’Ward, and 53 points over teammate Scott Dixon.

Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta finished second, giving Honda their second 1-2 finish of 2021 and an unofficial 29-point lead in the manufacturers’ standings.

Palou’s teammates Dixon and Marcus Ericsson, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR’s Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato also all finished in the top eight with Honda power.

REV Group Grand Prix of Road America Honda Results

  •   1st Alex Palou                         Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   2ndColton Herta                   Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   4th Scott Dixon                                   Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   5th Romain Grosjean-R                      Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  •   6th Marcus Ericsson                Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   7th Alexander Rossi                Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   8th Takuma Sato                    Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 11th Graham Rahal                 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 13th Ryan Hunter-Reay            Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 15th James Hinchcliffe             Andretti Autosport Honda 
  • 17th Jack Harvey                     Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 19th Cody Ware-R                   Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda   
  • 22nd Jimmie Johnson-R                       Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 23rd Ed Jones                           Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 9 rounds)

Honda                  738 points

Chevrolet             709

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 9 rounds)

1. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                    349 points [2 race wins]

2. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP                               321 [2 wins]

3. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                   296 [1 win]

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Winner REV Group Grand Prix of Road America, Championship leader: “Oh man, I don’t know what to say. Thank you to all the #10 car crew and team.  It was amazing.  We had a really good car all through the race, right from the start.  Honda and HPD did an amazing job, because we were able to overtake where we needed.  Super happy, and super proud of this Chip Ganassi Racing Team.  I can’t believe it.  Mid-Ohio’s next, right? Let’s get a win there as well!”

Colton Herta (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) Finished Second: “We were just lacking a little bit of everything today, and that kept us from challenging for the win.  We were going to finish where we deserved.  I think we had third-place pace today, but caught a break with Josef’s [Newgarden] problem.  But the podium is nice, and happy for Gainbridge, and always happy to be powered by Honda.  Big ‘thank you’ to them, and a Honda 1-2, so that’s awesome.”

Romain Grosjean (#51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda) Finished Fifth: “I think we gained more positions on track [17 passes for position] than anyone else.  We lost some positions on our pit stops, but the car was great.  We found something from yesterday and it was just ‘go for it, right, left, center’ all day long.  It was so cool. I had great fun and enjoyed it a lot, it was a good weekend for us.”

Rebecca Johnson (Director of Production, Honda Performance Development) on today’s

Honda win at Road America: “Alex [Palou, race winner] was strong all day long, and was in a

position to capitalize at the end when opportunity presented itself, so it was great to see him

score a second win this year. It looks like he could have a great future with us in INDYCAR

racing. Colton [Herta] had another strong run today, and fully earned his podium finish, while

Romain Grojean also featured today, with three Honda teams – Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti

Autosport and Dale Coyne Racing – all getting top-five results here. Now it’s on to Mid-Ohio

and hopefully another win on our ‘home ground’.”

Fast Facts

  • Four of the five Honda partner teams in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES finished in the top eight at today’s REV Group Grand Prix of Road America.
  • After sweeping the double header weekend in 2020, Palou’s victory today marks the third consecutive win for Chip Ganssi Racing at Road America and fourth consecutive for Honda at the track.
  • Honda has scored victories in six of the nine races so far in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Palou previously scored at the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, Marcus Ericsson, Helio Castroneves have also won for Honda in 2021.
  • Honda drivers led in on-track passes today, with Ericsson, Grosjean, Sato, Dixon and Graham Rahal combining for passes for position.  

Next

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 2-4 for the Honda Indy 200, Presented by The HPD Ridgeline. Honda Racing social media content and video links from Detroit can be found on Instagram

Honda – Qualifying at Road America

#26: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport Honda

Second and Third for Herta, Harvey and Honda in Qualifying at Road America

  • Colton Herta to start on the outside of the front row at REV Group Grand Prix
  • Jack Harvey qualifies on the inside of the second row
  • Alex Palou looks to reclaim championship lead from fifth on the grid

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 19, 2021) – Colton Herta set the pace for Honda in qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America, qualifying on the outside of the front row for Sunday’s race in the #26 Andretti Autosport Honda.

A race winner already this year on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, Herta hopes to add to his win total for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season around the four-mile Road America circuit. Lining up just behind in the third position will be Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey, looking for his first career victory in INDYCAR competition. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou, winner at the season-opening race at Barber Motorsports Park, will start fifth. Palou currently sits second in the championship points standings, just one point back from Pato O’Ward.

Honda also placed four additional drivers in the top-12, giving HPD an edge seven-to-five in the top 12 spots, with ex-F1 driver Romain Grosjean seventh, Ryan Hunter-Reay eighth, Alexander Rossi ninth and Ed Jones in twelfth.

REV Group Grand Prix of Road America Qualifying Results

  •   2nd  Colton Herta                  Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   3rd  Jack Harvey                    Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  •   5th  Alex Palou                                   Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   7th Romain Grosjean-R                      Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  •   8th  Ryan Hunter-Reay                       Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   9th  Alexander Rossi               Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th  Ed Jones                          Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 13th  Scott Dixon                      Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 14th  Graham Rahal                 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 18th  Marcus Ericsson               Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 19th James Hinchcliffe             Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 20th  Takuma Sato                   Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd  Jimmie Johnson-R                       Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 25th Cody Ware-R                   Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) Qualified Second: “I think it’s difficult either way [red or black tires]. As we saw, I think today Josef made the right call with the new blacks, and that was the better play. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a new set—we thought about saving a set from practice but we didn’t end up doing that. But still, good car, and starting second it’s going to be an interesting one for sure. I have to thank Gainbridge and I’m happy to be powered by Honda around here.

“It is going to be a difficult race. What we are going to have to see during the warm up is how much [tire] deg we get and if we get enough to turn this into a four-stop race. We’ll have to wait and see and go through all of our options, it was a really good qualifying car, but we’ll have to really nail this thing down at the rear end to get it ready for the race.”

Jack Harvey (Meyer Shank Racing Honda) Qualified Third: “That was a pretty good run and our black [Firestone primary tire] pace was really strong. I think we left a bunch [of speed] ‘on the table’ during Practice, so we kind of hoped that if we put everything together that we would transfer into the Fast Six. To start third here is pretty awesome. I could have done a few things better here and there in the Fast Six [final qualifying] to maybe get a little bit closer to Josef [Newgarden, pole qualifier]. But everyone at Meyer Shank Racing has been working really hard. I know we’ve has some unfortunate results, but the mental discipline on the team has kept us going. I think we have the makings of a great car for the race, so we’ll go and get it.” 

Fast Facts

  • Honda Indy car drivers have scored seven victories at Road America, including a clean sweep of both rounds in 2020’s doubleheader race weekend.  Eventual series champion Scott Dixon won Saturday’s opening race; with his then-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.

Where to Watch Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix of Road America

Live NBC Network race coverage of the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America begins at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 20.  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

REV Group Grand Prix of Road America

12 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 20

NBCSN and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at Road America

  • Honda Indy car drivers have scored seven victories at Road America, including a clean sweep of both rounds in 2020’s doubleheader race weekend.  Eventual series champion Scott Dixon won Saturday’s opening race; with his then-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 now-television analysist 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.

Manufacturer Competition

  • Honda drivers have scored five victories in the first eight races this season. After six races, the Manufacturers Championship battle remains close. Honda has 643 points, while championship rival Chevrolet has 652. Honda is seeking its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.
  • In addition to Castroneves historic win last month at the Indianapolis 500, Honda race winners this year include Marcus Ericsson in the opening race of last weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader; Alex Palou (Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama); 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, highest among all active drivers in the series.
  • Honda’s Indy car win total of 257 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 Road America on NBC Peacock begins with the opening practice Friday at 5 p.m. EDT, and continues through each practice and qualifying of the race weekend.
  • Live NBC Network race coverage of the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America begin at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 20.  Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Honda at Detroit INDYCAR Race Two

#30: Pit Stop, Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Podium for Palou, Honda at Detroit INDYCAR Race Two

  • Alex Palou finishes third in second round of the Detroit doubleheader
  • Colton Herta, Graham Rahal score top-five finishes
  • Honda powers 10 of top 15 finishers

DETROIT, Mich. (June 13, 2021) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou was the top Honda finisher in today’s second of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix, taking third place in his #10 NTT INDYCAR SERIES machine.

The 70-lap race saw three yellow flag periods, the first on lap one for contact between Max Chilton and James Hinchcliffe, the second for Jimmie Johnson spinning and finally for Romain Grosjean who suffered a brake fire. The field went back to green for a seven-lap shootout to end the race.

In the closing stages, Colton Herta was running in the third position before locking up and running wide in his #26 Andretti Autosport Honda. The incident allowed Palou to close up and take the last podium position from the young Californian, behind Pato O’Ward and Josef Newgarden.

Herta would hold on to the fourth position ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal.

Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 Honda Results

  •   3rd Alex Palou                        Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   4thColton Herta                    Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   5th Graham Rahal                 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   7th Scott Dixon                                   Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   9th Marcus Ericsson                Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   10th Santino Ferrucci             Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   11th Ryan Hunter-Reay                      Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   12th Takuma Sato                  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   13th Alexander Rossi              Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   14th James Hinchcliffe                       Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   17th Ed Jones                         Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  •   19th Jack Harvey                   Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  •   21st Jimmie Johnson-R                       Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   24th Romain Grosjean-R        Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 8 rounds)

Honda                  643 points

Chevrolet             652

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 8 rounds)

1. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP                               299 points [2 race wins]

2. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                    298 [1 race win]

3. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                   263 [1 race win]

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished third: “Yesterday was one of those days where we didn’t really have any luck at all.  But the team worked all night, and it was amazing to see the #10 American Legion Honda car finishing on the podium today. We had a good fight with Colton [Herta] and Josef [Newgarden] at the end there. I couldn’t really get Josef, but I’m really happy with a podium finish and good [championship] points.  Now we leave for [next weekend’s race at] Road America and we need to go win that one”

Colton Herta (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) Finished fourth: “It’s pretty disappointing, to be honest. We definitely had a fast car, I just didn’t get it done in the end there, unfortunately. We can find some stuff to make the car a little better on restarts.  But whatever [race winner] Pato [O’Ward] have found is really good.  We need to work ourselves towards that goal.  The race car on a long run was fantastic.  I imagine we were one of the fastest – if not the fastest – cars on the track today. Full credit to the Gainbridge team, the [pit] stops were amazing, the Honda was wonderful, always proud to be powered by Honda, and our strategy was perfect.  It put us in the best position to win today.  Unfortunately, I just didn’t get it done.”

Fast Facts

  • In addition to Brazilian Helio Castroneves historic win last month at the Indianapolis 500, the other Honda race winners this year include Spaniard Alex Palou (Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama); defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon (Texas Race 1) from New Zealand; American Colton Herta (Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg); and Marcus Ericsson of Sweden (Detroit Race 1).
  • Honda-powered drivers have won six of the last eight Indy car events run on the Belle Isle Park street circuit.

Next

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back racing next weekend at the National Park of Speed, Wisconsin’s Road America June 17-20.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Detroit 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 Opening Round of Detroit Doubleheader Race Report

#8: Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Winner, Fountain, Victory Lane

Marcus Ericsson, Honda Win Opening Round of Detroit Doubleheader

  • Marcus Ericsson scores his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory at Belle Isle Park
  • Honda drivers have now won five of seven races in 2021
  • Second race of doubleheader weekend runs on Sunday

DETROIT, Mich. (June 12, 2021) – Taking advantage of a late-race mechanical problem for Will Power, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson leapt to the front of the field following the second of two red flag race stoppages to win the opening round of the Detroit Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend.  The victory is the first for Ericsson, now in his third season of Indy car competition, the third for Chip Ganassi Racing this season and the fifth for Honda.

The 70-lap contest was stopped twice, first on Lap 24 for a single-car crash that sent Felix Rosenqvist hard into the Turn 6 retaining wall.  Rosenqvist was alert and conscious following the impact, but was transported to a local hospital for additional evaluation.

Running a close second to race leader Power in the closing laps, a second red flag – for Romain Grojean’s single-car crash – stopped the race with just seven laps remaining.  A mechanical issue for Power prevented him from taking the restart, and Ericsson led the rest of the way to take the checkers by 1.7 seconds over Rinus VeeKay. 

Following Ericsson, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan trio of Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal and Santino Ferrucci finished fourth through sixth, respectively. 

Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Honda Results

  •   1st Marcus Ericsson                Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   4th Takuma Sato                    Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   5th Graham Rahal                 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   6th Santino Ferrucci               Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  •   7th Alexander Rossi                Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   8th Scott Dixon                                   Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   9th Ed Jones                           Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
  • 14thColton Herta                    Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 15th Alex Palou                        Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 16th Jack Harvey                     Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 17th James Hinchcliffe             Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 23rd Romain Grosjean-R          Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 21st Ryan Hunter-Reay            Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Jimmie Johnson-R            Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 7 rounds)

Honda                  576 pts

Chevrolet             556

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 7 rounds)

1. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                    263 [1 race win]

2. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP                               248 [1 race win]

3. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda                   237 points [1 win]

Quotes

Marcus Ericsson (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 15th, finished first, first career INDYCAR win in his third season with the series: “The team’s done such a great job, the Husky’s Chocolate crew and Honda, everyone on the [timing] stand and in the pits. It’s a team effort.  Obviously, I feel bad for Will [Power, who was unable to take the final restart due to a mechanical issue], but it was my day today.  For once, the luck was on my side and I have to say it was about time!”

Piers Phillips (President, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) On placing three cars in the top six today: “Well, what a day.  We definitely had some challenges in qualifying, so to bring all three cars home fourth, fifth and sixth is a credit to the team. I think it’s a credit to the guys that drove them [Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato and Santino Ferrucci], particularly in the difficult conditions we had today.  But now the focus is on tomorrow [and the second race] and the goal is to finish one-two-three rather than four-five-six.”

Kelvin Fu (Program Director, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda win in Detroit: “I guess you can say ‘the red flag giveth, and the red flag taketh away’.  First, and most important, it appears that [Arrow McLaren SP driver] Felix Rosenqvist escaped serious injury in his massive crash.  The first red flag [for the Rosenqvist crash] effectively ended the victory chances for several of our drivers, including Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi.  But the late race stoppage, and Will Power’s subsequent mechanical problem, opened the door for Marcus Ericsson to score an overdue first victory, a great result for Marcus and the #8 Chip Ganassi Racing team.  It also is the first victory for HPD’s Nicole Rotondo, trackside engineer for Marcus.”

Fast Facts

  • With Ericsson’s win today, seven different drivers – from seven different countries – have won the first seven races of 2021, tying the post-war record for different INDYCAR SERIES winners to start a season.
  • In addition to Brazilian Helio Castroneves’ historic win last month at the Indianapolis 500, other Honda race winners this year include current championship points leader, Spaniard Alex Palou (Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama); defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon (Texas Race 1) from New Zealand; and American Colton Herta (Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg).
  • Honda continues to hold the mid-season lead in the 2021 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, with five victories in the first seven races. Honda has a 20-point advantage (576-556) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.
  • Honda-powered drivers have now won six of the last seven Indy car events run on the Belle Isle Park street circuit.

Next

NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing activities on Belle Isle Park continue tomorrow with the second round of the doubleheader weekend. Sunday’s 70-lap closer starts at 12 p.m. EDT with live television coverage again on NBC.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Detroit 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 Detroit Grand Prix message points

Detroit Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES Doubleheader Race Weekend

Race 1, 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 12

Race 2, 12 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 13

NBC and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at the Detroit Grand Prix

  • 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 – including last weekend’s record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 triumph for Helio Castroneves in his Meyer Shank Racing Honda.  Honda drivers and teams have won four of the first six races in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.     
  • On May 30, HPD became the first engine build firm – and Castroneves the first driver – to win both the Rolex 24 at Daytona overall and Indianapolis 500 in same calendar year.  In addition, HPD’s sister operation – HRD Sakura of Japan – built and prepared the Honda engine for Red Bull Racing and Grand Prix of Monaco race winner Max Verstappen on May 23.
  • Honda returns to Detroit having won five of the last six INDYCAR SERIES events run at Belle Isle Park. In 2019, Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson led a 1-2 result for Honda in Sunday’s race. Dixon also led a 1-6 sweep for Honda in Saturday’s opening 2018 race.  Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi completed the victory podium.  Using a three-stop pit strategy, Hunter-Reay completed the 2018 Honda weekend sweep on Sunday.
  • In 2017, Rahal led a 1-2-3 Honda result in Saturday’s race, with Dixon and James Hinchcliffe completing the podium positions in second and third, respectively.  Rahal completed his sweep of the weekend by taking his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda to victory in the second race on Sunday, leading all but three of the 70 laps to become the first Indy car driver to take victories in both rounds of the Dual in Detroit.
  • Honda drivers and teams have won 15 times in 25 Indy car races on the Belle Isle Park temporary circuit.  Alex Zanardi scored Honda’s first win in Detroit in 1998, en route to his second consecutive drivers’ championship.  Other Honda-powered winners in Detroit include Dario Franchitti (1999), Castroneves (2000 and 2001), Tony Kanaan (2007), Justin Wilson (2008), Dixon (2012), Mike Conway (2013 Race 1), Simon Pagenaud (2013 Race 2), and Carlos Munoz (2015 Race 1).

Manufacturer Competition

  • Honda continues to hold the early-season lead in the 2021 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, with four victories in the first six races this season. After six races, Honda holds a nine-point advantage (489-480) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.
  • In addition to Castroneves historic win last weekend at the Indianapolis 500, Honda race winners this year include current championship points leader Alex Palou (Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama); defending and six-time champion Scott Dixon (Texas Race 1); and Colton Herta (Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg).
  • Palou comes to Indianapolis with a 36-point championship lead (248-212) over his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dixon.  Andretti Autosports’ Herta is currently ranked seventh with 154 points, with Graham Rahal eighth with 148 points.  Marcus Ericsson rounds out the top 10 with 138 points.
  • 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, highest among all active drivers in the series.
  • Honda’s Indy car win total of 256 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 Detroit on NBC Peacock begins with the opening practice Friday at 11 a.m. EDT, and continues through each practice and qualifying session of the race weekend.
  • Live NBC Network race coverage of the Detroit races begin at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 12; and at 12 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 13.  Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network and on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
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