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Honda Finish 2022 INDYCAR Season at Laguna Seca

  • Alex Palou dominates the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey to win for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing
  • NTT INDYCAR SERIES completed its 2022 season today at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
  • Christian Lundgaard finishes fifth to claim series Rookie of the Year honors

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2022) – Alex Palou closed off the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES in dominating style Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with the Honda driver leading 67 laps to win the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. The outgoing series champion started 11th, but used a strong second stint work his way into the lead, then built that advantage throughout the second half of 95-lap contest, holding an impressive 30-second margin of victory at the finish.

Seeking his seventh INDYCAR drivers’ title, Scott Dixon was unable to make the progress he needed in heavy traffic to finish 12th in today’s race, and third in the championship points standings.

In the tight battle for series Rookie of the Year honors between two Honda drivers, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Christian Lundgaard recovered from a disappointing qualifying effort yesterday to finish fifth today to claim the title. Rival David Malukas finished 13th in his Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda to complete an otherwise excellent debut season, highlighted by a second-place finish at World Wide Technology Raceway in August.

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Honda Race Results

  • 1st Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Christian Lundgaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 7th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 9th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 10th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 11th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 13th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 15th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 16th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 17th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 18th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 19th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 20th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • R – Rookie

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) race winner, outgoing series champion finished fifth in the final points standings: “It was an amazing day! Conditions were extremely tough, we knew they would be going into it, but we felt really good in warm up and were looking forward to the race. Everything went super smooth during the race, pit stops, strategy, tire, engine. We got some really good fuel milage out of our Honda engine that allowed us to do the race in three stops. That made our day a bit easier! I can’t wait to get the off-season ended and start again and hopefully start it like we finished this year.”

Christian Lundgaard (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) finished fifth, won series Rookie of the Year honors: “The Rookie of the Year title is just a big reward for all the hard work we’ve done this year as a team. At this point, I’m just so happy we’ve managed to move up through the field. For much of this season, we’ve executed in qualifying, but then either stayed there or gone backwards during the race. This weekend, we really didn’t have a decent car, and qualified near the back. But this time we were able to gain positions in the race. It’s just rewarding to move forward – and to get the rookie championship done. And now there’s another championship to go win next year!”

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) finished 12th, six-time series champion finished the season third in the points standings: “We tried a bit of everything today. We ultimately just didn’t have the pace, to be honest. The tire deg [falloff in grip] was really high, especially in traffic. And we just kept coming out of the pits in a train of cars, and used the tires too much trying to move forward. After the last stop, we finally had a clear track and then our pace was good. Like a lot of us here, I’m looking forward to the track being repaved this winter. Currently, it doesn’t really suit my style very well. Everyone on the team did a hell of a job all season long. We made the most of what we had at every race, and finished every race lap this year, which is definitely a huge milestone in itself. With our partners Honda and HPD, the effort they make every race weekend is a feat in itself. We’ll keep after it, we know exactly what we need to do in the off-season, so hopefully we can make some gains in those areas. We’ll be fighting for [championship] number seven next year.”

David Salters (President and Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race and the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season: “I’d just like to thank and congratulate all the hard working, smart men and women of Honda Performance Development. It was nice to finish off the season with a victory today, especially such a dominant one from Alex Palou. That was a champion’s drive. I also would like to thank our great teams, but particularly Chip Ganassi Racing, who just consistently deliver race-in and race-out. So well done Alex, well done Chip Ganassi Racing, well done HPD. In some ways, this was another good year for us. We won the Indianapolis 500 for the third consecutive year, and set a new pole qualifying record. That does not suck. However, compared to the last couple of years, this season wasn’t quite up to our usual standards. We’ve got work to do during the off-season, so we’ll go away and do some work. That’s how racing operates. Racing also helps us develop our people and entertain our fans. Honda enables us to do this. So, finally, thank you to Honda for allowing us to participate in this great sport.”

Fast Fact

Today’s dominant win by Alex Palou is the third consecutive INDYCAR SERIES victory for a Honda driver at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Andrettti Autosport’s Colton Herta won in both 2019 and 2021. No race was held here in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next

Today’s race concludes the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The 2023 season gets underway March 5, with a return to the Florida Gulf Coast for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Andretti Autosport’s Rossi, Grosjean top Honda’s qualifying effort in Laguna Seca

  • Alexander Rossi to start third, Romain Grosjean fourth in final NTT INDYCAR SERIES race of 2022
  • Championship contenders Marcus Ericsson, Scott Dixon to start 10th and 13th
  • Honda drivers Christian Lundgaard and David Malukas carry series Rookie of the Year battle into the final race

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2022) – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean topped Honda’s effort today in qualifying for Sunday’s season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, while championship contenders Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon will start 10th and 13th, respectively.

Both Rossi and Grosjean advanced through the first two rounds of “knockout” qualifying; with Rossi claiming third in the “Fast Six” final round, while Grosjean will start alongside in fourth.

Dixon, 21 points away from scoring his seventh drivers’ title – with 53 points on offer tomorrow – will start 13th after just missing advancing out of the first qualifying round. His Chip Ganassi teammate, Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, will start 10th and is 40 points out of the lead.

In the tight battle for series Rookie of the Year honors between two Honda drivers, David Malukas will start seventh and his rookie rival Christian Lundgaard will line up 16th. Lundgaard carries a five-point lead into tomorrow’ championship finale.

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Honda Qualifying Results

  • 3rd Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 4th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 5th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 7th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 10th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 11th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 12th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 13th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 16th Christian Lundgaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 18th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 19th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 21st Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 22nd Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 23rd Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • R – Rookie

Quotes

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) tied for second in the championship going into tomorrow’s season finale; will start 13th: “Because of the red flag [for Josef Newgarden’s spin], we only had a single lap at the end [to set a qualifying time] and unfortunately, some slower traffic kept me from getting my tires up to proper temperature. We missed [advancing to second-round qualifying] by less than a tenth of a second, which is always frustrating because we definitely had the speed in the car today, it felt really comfortable. For the race tomorrow, strategy is going to be the key, it’s going to be a struggle to complete a full fuel run without the tires going off on this slippery, very low-grip track. There may be more cautions as well. Everything’s to play for, so it may be even more exciting than usual here tomorrow.”

Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) will start third: “Overall, a really good day for the whole Andretti Autosport Honda team. I’ve started, second, third and third here previously, so hopefully we can close out the year – and my time with Andretti, NAPA and Honda – on a high note and get a great result for them this weekend.”

Romain Grosjean (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) will start fourth: “We’re starting nine places up from where we started last year (to finish third), so that should make my life a little bit easier in tomorrow’s race! Qualifying went well, the changes we made to the car [since practice] all seemed to work and I feel really positive about our weekend so far. I definitely want to have a good race tomorrow, so we can go into the winter break with a bit more confidence than we had in recent races.”

Fast Facts

Honda comes to this weekend’s 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with two of its drivers in contention for the series championship.

Scott Dixon, a two-time winner this year and six-time series champion, comes to the classic central California road course third in the drivers’ title standings, 20 points away from a record-tying seventh title. His Chip Ganassi Racing Honda teammate, Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, is fourth, 39 points out of the lead.

In the contest for series Rookie of the Year honors, the coveted award will go to one of two Honda drivers. Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver Christian Lundgaard leads with 293 points heading to Laguna Seca. But fellow Honda racer David Malukas is only five points back, driving for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD.

Where to Watch

Television coverage of Sunday’s season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey starts at 2:40 p.m. with pre-race activities on NBC, followed by the race start at 3 p.m. EDT. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation (Channel 160).

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Monterey 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 Indy car message points for Laguna Seca

Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA

3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 11

NBC and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

  • Honda comes to this weekend’s 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with two of its drivers in contention for the series championship. 
  • Scott Dixon, a two-time winner this year and six-time series champion, comes to the classic central California road course third in the drivers’ title standings, 20 points away from a record-tying seventh title.  His Chip Ganassi Racing Honda teammate, Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, is fourth, 39 points out of the lead.
  • In the contest for series Rookie of the Year honors, the coveted award will go to one of two Honda drivers.  Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver Christian Lundgaard leads with 293 points heading to Laguna Seca.  But fellow Honda racer David Malukas is only five points back, driving for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD.
  • Indy car racing returned to the Monterey Peninsula in 2019, in a race won by Honda-powered rookie Colton Herta.  Herta led 83 of 90 laps en route to his third win of the season and series Rookie of the Year honors.
  • After a one-year absence in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda clinched its 10th overall, and fourth consecutive, NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship at the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
  • The Honda one-two-three result was again led by Andretti Autosport’s Herta, winning from pole for the second consecutive time – just as he did in the series’ last visit to Laguna Seca in 2019. Herta would lead all but four laps in the 95-lap event. 
  • Eventual series champion Alex Palou finished second with Romain Grosjean third.  Graham Rahal finished just off the podium in fourth position, completing a Honda sweep of the top-four positions of the day. 
  • Honda teams and drivers also took part in nine Championship Auto Racing Teams [CART] events from 1994-2002, winning three times.
  • Honda’s first win at Laguna Seca came in 1996 with the famous pass in the “Corkscrew” corner by Alex Zanardi on future Honda IndyCar driver/team owner Bryan Herta.  Zanardi’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jimmy Vasser, claimed the win in 1997.  Helio Castroneves led a 1-2-3 Honda sweep at Laguna Seca in 2000, with his Penske Racing teammate Gil de Ferran, second, and Dario Franchitti rounding out the top three for Team Green.

Where to Watch

  • Television coverage of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC.  Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation (Channel 160).

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

Honda in Portland – Race Report

Dixon Charges to a Podium Finish for Honda in Portland

  • Scott Dixon finishes third today at Portland International Raceway
  • Dixon goes to next weekend’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale tied for second as the Chip Ganassi Racing driver seeks a record-tying seventh title
  • Graham Rahal scores his second top-five finish of 2022

PORTLAND, Oregon (Sept. 4, 2022) – Scott Dixon charged forward 13 position Sunday at Portland International Raceway to finish third aboard his #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, keeping him in the thick of the battle for the Drivers’ Championship as the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to next weekend’s season finale.

After consistently gaining positions through the first two-thirds of the 200-mile contest, the six-time INDYCAR champion took advantage of a late-race restart to move from sixth to fourth in one corner, then passed Pato O’Ward to put himself on the podium with a third-place finish. Dixon now sits just 20 points out of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship with one race remaining.

Scoring a fifth-place result for Honda was Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal, notching his second top five of the season, following a fourth-place result earlier this year in Toronto.

Andretti Autosport teammates Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi came home sixth and seventh, respectively, at the end of the 110-lap contest on the Portland International Raceway road course.

Portland Grand Prix 500 Honda Race Results

  • 3rd Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 6th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 7th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 11th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 12th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 14th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 15th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 18th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 16th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 17th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 19th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 21st Christian Lundgaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 24th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda [Did not finish – contact]
  • R – Rookie

Quotes

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) finished third, goes to next weekend’s season finale tied for second in the battle for the Drivers’ Championship: “Definitely a fun day for us, just have to stop qualifying at the back [of the field] and make all that work for us. We had pretty good pace throughout the race, and pretty good tire [wear] as well. Our fuel mileage was exceptionally easy to attain today, which was a huge positive, and the driveability was still fantastic, so kudos to Honda. It made my day a lot easier. We’re still in the hunt for the championship, 20 points back, so we definitely can still win it.”

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) finished fifth: “I thought it was a great day for us. The car ran really well and Honda did a great job working with what we had to make the cars as competitive as we did. Then we made some really helpful [chassis] adjustments in the race that helped us move forward. The driveability of the Honda engine is always really strong, and I thought today that played a role in helping us. I’m super pleased for our entire team. A top five is obviously a good finish for us this year.”

David Salters (President and Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race: “Firstly, thanks to all of our teams for a sterling effort today. And, as always, extremely inspiring to see the maestro who is Scott Dixon, at work in the ‘office’, doing what Scott Dixon does [moving from 16th in the starting field to a third-place finish]. Now the fight for the Drivers’ Championship moves to Laguna Seca [next weekend] and we’ll see what happens. We at HPD have some work to do, and so we’ll do some work.”

Fast Facts

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

Honda’s Indy car win total of 281 in 25 years of North American open-wheel racing – including 15 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2003 – is unmatched by any other manufacturer in the same period.

Next

The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES concludes next Sunday, moving down the Pacific Coast for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

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

Honda in Portland Qualifying

Rookie Lundgaard leads the way for Honda in Portland Qualifying 

  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Christian Lundgaard will start third in Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix
  • Championship contender Alex Palou will line up fourth for Honda
  • Honda power makes up five of the top-10 starters as 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins end-of-season run of consecutive races

PORTLAND, Oregon (Sept. 3, 2022) – Rookie Christian Lundgaard continued his late-season NTT INDYCAR SERIES strong show of form, setting the fourth fastest lap time in Portland Grand Prix qualifying aboard his #30 Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Lanigan Indy car. The Danish rookie will start third following a penalty for a car ahead. 

Lining up on the second row, alongside Lundgaard, is reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou. Looking for his second consecutive title, Palou currently sits fifth in points in his #10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. 

Others qualifying in the top ten for Honda included Colton Herta, eighth fastest, who rebounded after making contact in the first round of knockout qualifying. Herta qualified just ahead of his Andretti Autosport teammate, Alexander Rossi. Rounding out the top 10 is rookie David Malukas for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD. Following a stellar first podium finish at World Wide Technology Raceway, Malukas sits just 11 points behind Lundgaard in the battle for series Rookie of the Year honors. 

Two other Honda-powered championship contenders, Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson, will line up 16th and 18th respectively.

Portland Honda Qualifying Results

  • 3rd Christian Lundgaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 4th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 7th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 9th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 10th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 11th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 15th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda*
  • 16th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 17th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 18th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 19th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 21st Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 22nd Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 23rd Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 24th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start fourth: “Yeah, it was good. We did a lot of work and yesterday and earlier today in practice, so was happy to make the ‘Fast Six’ [final qualifying round]. We’re really close, and hopefully we can make up the rest in the race tomorrow. We’re not really thinking about the championship [title hopes] right now, just taking everything one race at a time. But we won here last year, so we’ll try and do the same tomorrow.”

Christian Lundgaard (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) will start third, top rookie in field: “We qualified fourth, but will start third since Josef [Newgarden] got a grid penalty [for an unapproved engine change]. We‘re in a pretty good place. It’s good to be the best of the rest, I would say. The Penske cars have been strong all weekend; they’ve been setting the pace for sure. Being up there in the mix is good. I was looking at a 58.2 at the end there but ran wide at the exit of Turn 7 onto the back straight and kind of dipped the left side tires into the dirt and bottomed out so I lost some time there. I think the pace is the car but I didn’t quite execute. But still P3 on the grid is not a bad thing at all. We’ll go for it tomorrow.”

Fast Facts

Honda drivers have won two of the three NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at Portland International Raceway since the series returned to the Rose City in 2018 (there was no race in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic).

In 2018, Takuma Sato led a Honda sweep of the top three finishing positions, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the victory podium for the manufacturer. Honda went on to win the first of four consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championships in 2018.

Last year, eventual series champion Alex Palou led a Honda sweep of the first four finishing positions. Fellow Honda drivers Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon and Jack Harvey completed the top four at the checkers.

Where to Watch

Television coverage of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation (Channel 160).

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

Honda Racing INDYCAR message points for the Portland Grand Prix

Grand Prix of Portland

Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon

3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 4

NBC and NBC Peacock

IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at Portland International Raceway

  • Honda drivers have won two of the three NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at Portland International Raceway since the series returned to the Rose City in 2018 (there was no race in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic).
  • In 2018, Takuma Sato led a Honda sweep of the top three finishing positions, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the victory podium for the manufacturer. Honda went on to win the first of four consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championships in 2018.
  • Last year, eventual series champion Alex Palou led a Honda sweep of the first four finishing positions. Fellow Honda drivers Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon and Jack Harvey completed the top four at the checkers.
  • Honda teams and drivers also took part in eight Championship Auto Racing Team [CART] events from 1995-2002, winning four.
  • Honda’s first Portland win came in 1996, via a 1-2 finish for Alex Zanardi and Gil de Ferran. Zanardi won again with Chip Ganassi Racing in 1998. Honda drivers swept the 1999 podium in Portland, with de Ferran winning, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya in second and Dario Franchitti, third. De Ferran repeated as race winner in 2000.
  • Honda’s Indy car win total of 281 in 25 years of North American open-wheel racing – including 15 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2003 – is unmatched by any other manufacturer in the same period.

Where to Watch

Honda Under the Lights in St. Louis

Malukas Stars For Honda Under the Lights in St. Louis

  • David Malukas charges to second-place finish for Honda and Dale Coyne Racing with HMD at World Wide Technology Raceway
  • 260-lap event runs to full distance following two-hour rain delay
  • Chip Ganassi Racing trio remain in championship hunt going into final two races of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 20, 2022) – Rookie David Malukas starred for Honda tonight in a rain-interrupted Bommarito Automotive Group 500, charging from eighth to second in the closing laps to lead the Honda effort and record his first podium finish in NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition.

Malukas, who was the best rookie finisher at the Indianapolis 500 [16th] and has three previous top-10 results this year, was the quickest car on track once then race resumed after a rain delay of two hours, 15 minutes. Restarting in eighth, he worked his way to third as the race neared the finish, then caught and passed Scott McLaughlin for second place on the final lap.

His Dale Coyne Racing teammate, Takuma Sato, rounded out the top five for Honda; while the Chip Ganassi Racing trio of Marcus Ericsson, Scott Dixon and Alex Palou remain in the thick of the drivers’ championship battle after finishing seventh through ninth, respectively, tonight.

Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Honda Race Results

  • 2nd David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 5th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 7th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 9th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 10th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 11th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 13th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 14th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 15th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 19th Christian Lundgaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 20th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 24th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 25th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda

R – Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings [unofficial, after 15 of 17 races]

1. Will Power, Team Penske 482 [1 win]

2. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 479 [5 wins]

3. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 468 [2 wins]

4. Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 465 [1 win]

Quotes

David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda) finished second, career-best INDYCAR result: “Whew, that was really good! Wow! We knew the car was going to be good and it was just getting better and better. And, from the practice yesterday that was around the same time [as tonight’s race], we knew that the cooler the track got, the better our car was compared to the others. So, this whole red flag deal [during the rain delay], I was just like ‘Please, please let it go green again!’ And when it went green, I knew that the car was just amazing. I’m not gonna lie though, being up in the front against [Will] Power and Pato [O’Ward], they know how to defend, they know how to block lines, it was really tough to get around them. All in all, the team did such a good job. They deserve it. What a good race!”

Takuma Sato (#51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda) finished fifth: “This place has always brought us excitement and here we are again! I think it was a fantastic race for the spectators. I was pleased to bring home a top five for Honda, but we needed just a little bit more help. There were some guys a few laps down that didn’t let me go, and I think that cost me a place or two. But, nevertheless, I’m thankful for HPD and a great result for all of us.”

Matt Niles (Principal Engineer and LPL, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race: “David Malukas was certainly the star of the show tonight. He’s shown a lot of promise throughout his rookie season in INDYCAR, but tonight he drove the high line here like a veteran. What a great result, congratulations to David and the entire Dale Coyne Racing with HMD organization. No one likes to lose, but we leave here with several drivers in contention for the drivers’ title with two races remaining, and everyone at HPD will be giving it their all in these final events. Finally, thanks to all the fans who stuck it out through tonight’s rain delay. I’m glad we were able to give them an exciting finish, and you could hear their cheers over everything else.”

Fast Facts

  • This weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was the 14th Indy car race to be held in the St. Louis area, and the seventh at the repaved and updated 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway oval. The 260-lap event is the fifth and final oval race of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
  • In 2018, a second-place finish for Alexander Rossi and third for Scott Dixon was enough for Honda to clinch the 2018 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, the first in an ongoing streak of four consecutive manufacturers’ titles for the company.
  • One year later, Takuma Sato won a thrilling night race, besting Ed Carpenter in a tense closing-lap battle. Honda went on to win a second consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship that season.
  • Dixon scored his 50th career win in 2020 at World Wide Technology Raceway, in the opening race of a double-header weekend. He went on to claim his sixth NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship at the end of the season; with Honda winning a third consecutive Manufacturers’ title. Earlier this month, Dixon recorded his 53rd career victory in Nashville, moving him to sole possession of second on the all-time Indy car winners list.

Next

After a run of seven races through July and August, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes one

week off before concluding with a two-race swing to the US West Coast, starting with the Sept. 4 Grand Prix of Portland in Portland, Oregon and then concluding the 2022 season on Sunday, September 11, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Qualifying: Honda at World Wide Technology Raceway

Front-Row Start for Ericsson, Honda at World Wide Technology Raceway

  • Marcus Ericsson completes career-best INDYCAR qualifying run, will start on the outside of the front row in Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500
  • Teammates and championship contenders Alex Palou and Scott Dixon qualify fifth and sixth for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Devlin DeFrancesco leads rookie field with 10th-place qualifying run

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2022) – In the best qualifying performance of his nearly four-year NTT INDYCAR SERIES career, Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson qualified second today for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway and will start on the outside of the front row in the 260-lap twilight contest.

Third in the Drivers’ Championship standings, just 12 points out of first, Ericsson heads a Chip Ganassi Honda effort that saw teammates Alex Palou and Scott Dixon qualifying fifth and sixth, respectively. Dixon is currently second in the championship standings, just six points out of first with three races remaining; while defending champion Palou is fifth, 33 points back.

Takuma Sato, winner of the 2019 race here, will start eighth for Dale Coyne Racing, while Devlin DeFrancesco led the rookie contingent with a 10th-place qualifying effort as Andretti Autosport Hondas qualified ninth through 12th. In all, Honda drivers posted 11 of the top 15 qualifying speeds in the 25-car starting field.

Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Honda Qualifying Results

  • 2nd Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 6th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 9th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda*
  • 10th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 11th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 13th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 14th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 15th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 17th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 18th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 19th Christian Lundgaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 21st Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • R – Rookie
  • * qualified 9th, but will start 18th due to a penalty for an “unapproved engine change”

Quotes

Marcus Ericsson (#8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start second, career-best INDYCAR start: “I’m feeling great! The #8 Bryant Heating & Cooling Honda was really good out there, the team has done a really good job all day really. We rolled off really strong in practice; then we tuned on it for qualifying and we did a really good run. It’s my best-ever qualifying result in my Indy car career so I’m happy about that! Of course, it would be nice to be on pole, but we’ll try again and I think we’ll have a really strong package in the race tomorrow.”

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Honda) will start fifth: “I’m super happy. This is my [career] best oval qualifying that isn’t the Indy 500. Starting top five is always a good place, and we [Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing] have three cars in the top six to try and fight for a race win tomorrow. First of all, though, I need to finish the race. We didn’t finish the race last year and then I need to try and get as many points as possible. We’re in the championship fight and maybe it’s not my best place to gain points on the leaders, but starting up front we can make it happen tomorrow!”

Fast Facts

This weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will mark the 14th Indy car race to be held in the St. Louis area, and the seventh at the repaved and updated 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway oval. The 260-lap event is the fifth and final oval race of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

World Wide Technology Raceway has been the scene of several significant Honda Racing INDYCAR milestones since it returned to the series schedule in 2017.

In 2018, a second-place finish for Alexander Rossi and third for Scott Dixon was enough for Honda to clinch the 2018 INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship, the first in an ongoing streak of four consecutive manufacturers’ titles for the company.

One year later, Takuma Sato won a thrilling night race, besting Ed Carpenter in a tense closing-lap battle. Honda went on to win a second consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship that season.

Dixon scored his 50th career win in 2020 at World Wide Technology Raceway, in the opening race of a double-header weekend. He went on to claim his sixth NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship at the end of the season; with Honda winning a third consecutive Manufacturers’ title. Earlier this month, Dixon recorded his 53rd career victory in Nashville, moving him to sole possession of second on the all-time Indy car winners list.

Where to Watch

Television coverage of Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 starts at 6 p.m. EDT on the USA Network. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation (Channel 160).

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

Hot in Nashville

August 7, 2022 — NASHVILLE, Tenn.

  • Scott Dixon vaults into championship contention with victory at Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville
  • Late charge sees defending champion Alex Palou finish third
  • Dixon’s 53rd career win moves him to second on the all-time victory list

Despite early race contact that left his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda without a large portion of its downforce-producing floor – and an additional four pit stops to repair the damage – Scott Dixon went on to win today’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in downtown Nashville, and jump to second in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship, just six points behind leader Will Power with three races remaining.

Key to Dixon’s 53rd career Indy car victory today was pitting just prior to a Lap 51 full-course caution, enabled him to move to second place, then take over the lead when Josef Newgarden made his final stop of the day. The win also moves Dixon to sole possession of second in career Indy car victories, ahead of Mario Andretti and behind only the legendary A.J. Foyt with 67.

For a third consecutive race weekend, Rahal Letterman Lanigan rookie Christian Lundgaard looked to be in contention for a podium finish, until a flurry of late-race cautions and restarts saw him bumped down the order to eighth. In his place, defending series champion Alex Palou put on a late race charge that saw him go from fifth to third at the finish.

Involved in separate incidents in the opening laps, Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta clawed their way from the rear of the field – and one lap down to the leaders – to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Honda Race Results                   

1st Scott Dixon  Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
3rd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
4th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
5th Colton HertaAndretti Autosport Honda
8th Christian Lundgaard-RRahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
9th Jack HarveyRahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
10th Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
13th Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing Honda
14th Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing Honda
16th Romain GrosjeanAndretti Autosport Honda
18th Jimmie JohnsonChip Ganassi Racing Honda
19th David Malukas-RDale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
21st Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
22nd Devlin DeFrancesco-RAndretti Autosport Honda
23rd Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Race winner, his second victory of 2022 and 53rd career Indy car win: “That was a brutal race. We were involved in a crash just after the start that broke the wheel and took the underwing out of the car. We had to take a bunch of front wing out to try and get it at least a little bit balanced, and the steering was all bent. Just kudos to the team and Honda. Our strategy was right-on, but we still did almost 50 laps on that last set of tires. We didn’t take tires on that last stop [that enabled him to exit the pits in second] so I knew some of those cars [behind him in the closing laps] would be coming fast. But it feels special, very special, to get this [53rd] race win here in Nashville. This is cool.”

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished third: “The NTT Data Honda was awesome, and the team did an amazing job with our pit stops and strategies, so I’m happy, and congratulations to Scott [Dixon] for his win. This was good for our championship [effort], but we still need to push hard. We got one step closer today closing to within 33 points of the championship lead], but there still is a long way to go. I’m a bit lucky today that the contact I had with [Will] Power didn’t do any more damage [than a cracked/bent front wing] and I need apologize to him. I didn’t realize he was in trouble and slowing so much [when they made contact]. But yeah, overall, I have to be very happy with today’s result.”

Wayne Gross (Manager of Trackside Support, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda win in Nashville: “It was another wild race here in Nashville, which looks like might become the norm here, with a lot of attrition. Congratulations to Scott Dixon, now second on the all-time IndyCar winners list, the entire Chip Ganassi Racing organization for all their efforts. In a lot of ways, this race was a repeat of last year, with the winner encountering a major problem early in the race, but never giving up, making multiple pit stops to repair the car as much as possible. Then Scott [Dixon] putting in a champions-caliber drive, now just six points out of the championship lead. It was a similar race for Colton [Herta] and Alexander [Rossi], netting them fourth and fifth. A great day for Honda and everyone at HPD.”

Fast Facts

  • Honda drivers and Chip Ganassi Racing have now won both Big Machine Music City Grands Prix in Nashville.
  • In the inaugural race last year, Honda drivers and teams dominated the results sheet, as Marcus Ericsson recovered from an opening lap contact and brief “flight” to head a Honda sweep of the first seven finishing positions, and eight of the top 10. Today’s winner, Scott Dixon, finished second and James Hincliffe third to complete the Honda sweep.
  • Previously, INDYCAR and the Indy Racing League conducted eight races on the 1.33- mile Nashville Super Speedway oval in Lebanon, Tennessee, from 2001-2008. Honda drivers and teams won five of the six races the manufacturer contested, from 2003-08.

Next

After a run of five races on four consecutive weekends, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes a one-week break before resuming August 20-21 for the final oval race of the 2022 season, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway, just outside downtown St. Louis, Mo.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Nashville 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).

Nashville Qualifying Report

August 6, 2022 — NASHVILLE, Tenn.

  • Romain Grosjean qualifies his Andretti Autosport Honda second for Sunday’s Big Machine Music Grand Prix
  • Christian Lundgaard continues run of strong qualifying efforts, will start third
  • Defending series champion Alex Palou qualifies fourth

In his best qualifying performance of 2022, Romain Grosjean advanced through all three rounds of NTT INDYCAR SERIES “knockout” qualifying today in his Andretti Autosport Honda, and will start on the outside front row – second – in Sunday’s second annual Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the downtown Nashville temporary street circuit.

For the second consecutive race weekend, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Christian Lundgaard also advanced to the final, “Firestone Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start third, his career best INDYCAR start and best among the rookies in the field.  Defending series champion Alex Palou will start fourth in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda as the top 10 all posted times within a second of the 1:14.555 pole time.

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Honda Qualifying Results

  •   2nd Romain Grosjean            Andretti Autosport Honda
  •   3rd Christian Lundgaard-R        Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda   
  •   4th Alex Palou                          Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  •   7th David Malukas-R                Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  •   9th Graham Rahal                    Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 11th Jack Harvey                       Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda   
  • 13th Simon Pagenaud                Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 14th Scott Dixon                         Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 17th Alexander Rossi                 Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 18th Marcus Ericsson                 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 20th Takuma Sato                      Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 23rd Colton Herta                       Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Helio Castroneves              Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 25th Devlin DeFrancesco-R        Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 26th Jimmie Johnson                 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes
Romain Grosjean (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) will start second: “I think this is a very good result for all of us on the #28 car.  We’ve worked very hard to get the car working the way I wanted it to be.  I knew from the opening practice that we were headed in the right direction, and every change we made on the car was in the right direction, thanks to my engineer Olivier [Boisson], Honda and everyone on the team, who have been working just as hard. Now we have to continue on and finish the job tomorrow.”
 

Christian Lundgaard (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) will start third: “I think the rain [prior to qualifying] actually helped us.  It just cooled everything down from earlier in the day.  It definitely helped stabilize our car under braking.  I think it was a very exciting qualifying.  And we’re making progress as a team, which is the most important thing.  I’ve always liked street circuits, but after Toronto [where he started 10th and finished 8th] and today I’m starting to like them even more!”

Fast Facts

  • Honda drivers and teams dominated the results sheets of last year’s inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, as Marcus Ericsson recovered from an opening lap contact and brief “flight” to head a Honda sweep of the first seven finishing positions, and eight of the top 10.
  • Scott Dixon made it a Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 result last year in Nashville, with James Hinchcliffe running third to complete the podium sweep for the manufacturer.  Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal, Ed Jones, and eventual series champion Alex Palou completed the top seven for Honda, with Helio Castroneves finishing ninth.
  • Previously, INDYCAR and the Indy Racing League conducted eight races on the 1.33-mile Nashville Super Speedway oval in Lebanon, Tennessee, from 2001-2008.  Honda drivers and teams won five of the six races the manufacturer contested, from 2003-08.

Where to Watch
Television coverage of Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC.  Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM INDYCAR Nation (Channel 160).

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Nashville 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).

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