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Honda, Andretti Autosport Sweep Mid-Ohio Closer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honda Racing social media content and videos from the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at  (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).  Produced by the CoForce Digital Media, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Honda Indy 200

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

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

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

Top-10 Race Results:

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

Other Honda Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honda Racing social media content and videos from the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at  (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).  Produced by the CoForce Digital Media, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

Quotes

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

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

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

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Honda Indy 200

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

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

Weather:             Mostly cloudy, warm, 82 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

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

Other Honda Results

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

Scott Dixon Runs Fifth for Honda To Close Out Doubleheader Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

Honda Racing social media content and videos from WWT Raceway is available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at  (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).  Produced by the CoForce Digital Media, YouTube videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

Quotes

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

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

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

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 2

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

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

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

Weather:             Sunny, warm, humid, 84 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

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

Other Honda Results

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

Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato Score Another Honda 1-2

  • Scott Dixon holds off Takuma Sato to score Honda’s sixth win of 2020 at WWT Raceway
  • Win is Dixon’s 50th, third all-time and highest among current drivers
  • Second round of NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader race weekend runs Sunday

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 29, 2020) – Scott Dixon vaulted into the lead following the final round of pit stops in today’s opening round in the doubleheader Bommarito Auto Group 500 race weekend, then held off a charging Takuma Sato to score Honda’s sixth NTT INDYCAR SERIES race victory of the season.

The win is Dixon’s fourth in eight races this season, and the 50th of his career, leading all active drivers.  Honda, with six wins in 2020, now leads the INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship by 101 points over rival Chevrolet (688-579); while Dixon opens up a 117-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship, with 386 points to 269 for the second-ranked Josef Newgarden.

Today’s 200-lap contest started on a rough note, with three Honda drivers – Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach and Marco Andretti – among those eliminated in a multi-car crash just moments after race start. 

After starting third, Dixon kept the leaders in sight throughout the first two-thirds of the race on the 1.25-mile oval.  Sato meanwhile, fell back to midfield in the early stages, but made improvements to the handling of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda during each pit stop, and returned to contention for the win in the closing stages.

During the final round of pit stops on Lap 177, Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing team enabled him to leapfrog O’Ward for the lead, with Sato emerging in third.  Sato then executed a thrilling outside pass of O’Ward for second on Lap 179 and began his chase of Dixon for the victory.  At the checkers, Dixon held on for the win by the narrow margin of just 14 hundredths of a second.

Behind the lead trio at the finish, Colton Herta continued his run of consistent results this year, ending the day fourth, with Markus Ericsson making it four Honda drivers in the top five at the checkers. 

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Today’s race was the opening round of a doubleheader NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway.  Tomorrow’s 200-lap finale starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Honda Racing social media content and videos from WWT Raceway is available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at  (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).  Produced by the CoForce Digital Media, YouTube videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

Quotes

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 3rd, finished 1st; scores his 50th career Indy car victory, his 4th and Honda’s 6th win of 2020; leads the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship by 117 points after 8 races: “I can’t thank the PNC Bank crew enough. It was a superb race all day. I knew [Takuma] Sato was going to be strong at the end, but I didn’t realize how strong he was coming. We were kind of going into a reserve mode, looking after the engine, and he was there with a head of steam. [the margin of victory was just 0.1404 seconds] I am just so happy for this team. Last week at Indianapolis [when he finished second to Sato] was a bit of a bummer. So, it was nice to get a win. Fifty career-wins – that sounds awesome. We’ve got to keep on truckin’ and get a few more. But I can’t thank Honda and HPD enough. I’m proud to be powered by them.  What they’ve done, especially this year, is just phenomenal, and how quick their cars have been. This is just awesome.”

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) Indianapolis 500 winner last weekend, started 5th, finished 2nd: “Obviously, the team did a fantastic job.  From last week [winning at Indianapolis], we carried a lot of momentum. We lost some places at the beginning of the race. I wasn’t entirely comfortable in the car. But we made improvements to the car at every [pit] stop, and by the end were strong. My Abeam car was phenomenal, and the Honda power was exceptional, again.  Big congrats to Ganassi and [Scott] Dixon. Fantastic win for them.”

Allen Miller (Race Team Principal, Honda Performance Development) on Saturday’s Honda win at WWT Raceway, Honda’s 6th win in 8 races this season: “Today’s final 50 laps looked like a continuation of last weekend’s Indianapolis 500, with Scott [Dixon] and Takuma [Sato] once more fighting for the victory.  Congratulations to Scott on his milestone 50th career Indy car victory, to Chip Ganassi Racing for their fifth win in eight races this season and to Takuma for a well-earned podium result following his win last week at Indy.  This has been an incredible season for Honda and everyone at Honda Performance Development should be proud of these achievements.”

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 1

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

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

Weather:           Overcast, humid, windy, 82 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

FnSt.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  3.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda200143.522 mph average
  2.  5.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda200+0.1404 seconds
  3.  2.Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SPChevrolet200 
  4.10.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda 200 
  5.  4.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda200 
  6. 14.Rinus VeeKay-REd Carpenter RacingChevrolet200 
  7.  8.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda 200  
  8.12.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda200 
  9. 21.Tony KanaanA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet200 
10.16.Conor DalyCarlin RacingChevrolet200 

Other Honda Results

11.  7.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda200 Running
15.11.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda 200Running
16.20.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda 200Running
18.22.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda124Did not finish – transmission 
21.22.Zach VeachAndretti AutosportHonda     0Did not finish – crash
22.  9.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda     0Did not finish – crash  
23.19.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda     0Did not finish – crash

Dario Franchitti Returns to Indy Car Cockpit To Drive Honda Fastest Seat In Sports

Honda Fastest Seat in Sports 2-seater driver Dario Franchitti
  • Former Indy 500, series champion makes debut piloting two-seat Indy Car
  • Will lead INDYCAR field Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway event
  • Kerry Robinson of the St. Louis Cardinals will receive the ride of a lifetime

MADISON, Ill. (August 28, 2020) – Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time series champion Dario Franchitti will return to the cockpit this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway, as the former Indy car star takes the controls of Honda’s “Fastest Seat in Sports” two-seat Indy car prior to the start of Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the 1.25-mile oval.

            St. Louis native Kerry Robinson, former left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and now a scout for the organization, will ride in the custom-built, Honda-powered, two-seat Indy car piloted by Franchitti at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri.

            “I’m excited to get back behind the wheel of an Indy car, especially one with Honda power, although I certainly didn’t expect to have a passenger!” said Franchitti, who scored all of his 31 Indy car wins with Honda power.  “It will be fun to return to the track here at St. Louis, since I believe this is the place where I led an Indy car race for the first time, back in 1997.” 

            Since his retirement in 2013, Franchitti has remained active in Indy car racing, serving as a driving coach and advisor at the Honda-powered Chip Ganassi Racing team, working with team drivers Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson.

            Now in its 11th consecutive year, Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports helps to kick off each NTT IndyCar Series® race throughout the season, giving athletes, celebrities and notable influencers an opportunity to experience the thrill of the Honda-powered two-seat Indy car. Recent participants include Nick Cannon, Lady Gaga, Channing Tatum, Kawhi Leonard and Julian Edelman. 

            At last weekend’s Indianapolis 500, the guest passenger was Honda-powered team owner and former Indy car champion Michael Andretti, who was driven by his father, Mario, while his son Marco led the 33-car starting field from the pole.

            Honda also continues its commitment to IndyCar® this year as the automaker celebrates its 27th consecutive year as a manufacturer to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES® and seeks the Manufacturers’ Championship for the third year in a row.

            Live race coverage of the WWT Raceway INDYCAR doubleheader race weekend can be viewed on the NBC Sports Network, starting at 3 p.m. EDT both Saturday and Sunday. For more information about Honda’s racing programming, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.

About Honda 

Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker in America, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, Insight hybrid-electric sedan, and the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 38 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2019, more than 90 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Message Points: Bommarito Automotive Group 500s

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison, IL

Race 1: 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, August 29

Race 2: 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, August 30

Race Broadcast on NBC Sports Network, SiriusXM and INDYCAR Radio

Practice, Qualifying on NBC Sports Gold

MANUFACTURER COMPETITION

  • On the strength of five race wins from seven races, including last weekend’s Indianapolis 500 won by Takuma Sato, Honda has a 78-point lead in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship, with 593 points to 515 for Chevrolet.
  • Sato’s victory at Indianapolis was the 250th for Honda in Indy car competition since 1994, and the 13th win by the manufacturer at the “500” – a record unmatched by any other OEM in the same period.
  • Honda’s other victories this season have been scored by championship points leader Scott Dixon, winner the first three races (Texas Motor Speedway, the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and the opening race in the doubleheader weekend at Road America). Dixon now has 49 career Indy car victories as the veteran Chip Ganassi Racing driver seeks his sixth Indy car drivers’ championship.
  • Dixon’s teammate Felix Rosenqvist won the second Road America in August to score his first Indy car victory and extend.
  • Dixon currently holds a 84-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship, with 335 points to 251 for Josef Newgarden in second. 
  • Other Honda drivers in the top-10 include Graham Rahal, fourth with 214 points after his third-place result in the “500”; Sato, sixth with 207; Colton Herta, seventh with 189; Santino Ferrucci eighth with 181 points following a fourth-place Indy finish; and Rosenqvist in 10th with 157 points.
  • The 2020 season marks the ninth season of manufacturer competition in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, following six years of Honda serving as single engine supplier from 2006-11.
  • Eleven wins from 17 races in 2018 brought Honda the company’s seventh IndyCar Manufacturers’ Championship, highlighted by a 1-2 finish in the Drivers’ Championship for Honda-powered Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi.  Another eight victories for Honda highlighted the company’s second consecutive manufacturers’ title, and eighth overall, in 2019. 

HONDA AT WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY

  • Last weekend’s Honda-powered Indianapolis 500 winner, Takuma Sato, is also the defending winner at WWT.  Sato recovered from contact on the opening lap to take the victory in last year’s 248-lap race on the 1.25-mile WWT oval.  Alex Zanardi, driving a Reynard-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, recorded Honda’s first victory in St. Louis in 1998.
  • This weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group doubleheader race weekend will mark the 11th and 12th Indy car races to be held in the St. Louis area, and will be the fourth year at the repaved and updated World Wide Technology Raceway.  The track also hosted a seven-season run of Indy car events, under both Championship Auto Racing Team and Indy Racing League sanction, from 1997-2003 at what was then known as Gateway International Raceway.

WHERE TO WATCH

  • Television coverage from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on the NBC Gold App begins with the opening practice Friday at 4:30 p.m. EDT, and continues through all practice and qualifying sessions of the race weekend.
  • Live race coverage of the WWT Raceway doubleheader can be viewed on the NBC Sports Network, starting at 3 p.m. EDT both Saturday and Sunday.  Additional coverage can be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network, and SiriusXM, with live timing and scoring information available at INDYCAR.com.
  • Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on the NBC Sports App with NBCSN authentication.

Honda Unveils 2020 Civic Type R Pace Car

Honda Unveils 2020 Civic Type R Pace Car

  • Type R will pace NTT INDYCAR SERIES field to the green flag this weekend
  • Latest in a series of Honda INDYCAR Pace Cars
  • Civic Type R improvements for 2020 include ride, handling and cooling
Honda Unveils 2020 Civic Type R Pace Car

TORRANCE, CA (August 27, 2020) – Honda today unveiled the new 2020 Honda Civic Type R Pace Car, which will lead the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field to the green flag for this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group doubleheader race weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway, just outside St. Louis, Missouri.

The latest in a series of Honda Pace Cars utilized for Indy car competition since 2006, the newest Pace Car benefits from improvements made to the production Honda Civic Type R for 2020, including freshened exterior and interior styling; improvements to the ride, handling, and braking performance; and increased engine cooling.  

The new Civic Type R Pace Car is finished in Boost Blue, with a custom graphics wrap.

“As the fastest production front wheel drive car in the world, the 2020 Honda Civic Type R is a perfect match for Pace Car duties,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president, Auto Operations for American Honda. “The race-bred 2.0-liter, direct injected and turbocharged engine produces more than 300 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the ideal Honda vehicle for leading the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to the green flag.”

Since its U.S. introduction in 2017, the Civic Type R has gathered near universal acclaim for its unique blend of potent dynamic performance and day-to-day driving civility.  The Civic Type R was named a 2018 AUTOMOBILE All-Star, and a 2018 Editor’s Choice by Car and Driver.  The Type R has also garnered an enviable reputation on the racing circuit from professional racers utilizing the Civic Type R to compete in the SRO Touring Car America and other racing series around the world.

Modifications to the Civic Type R Pace Car include a Honda Performance Development [HPD] brake package, including competition rotors, racing pads and stainless steel brake lines; interior safety roll cage; and four-point racing harnesses. An exclusive graphics package over the base Boost Blue exterior caps the conversion from showroom Civic Type R to an NTT INDYCAR SERIES Pace Car.  

HPD has three ready-to-race Civic models for touring car competition. The line starts with the affordable and reliable Civic Si TCA race car, then leads to the Civic Type R TC racer that puts legendary Type R performance on track, and culminates with the no-compromise, championship-winning Civic Type R TCR race car. All competition Civics, along with a full line of performance parts, are available from HPD through the company’s Honda Racing Line program. HPD’s unparalleled trackside support at every level is a unique benefit that no other manufacturer can offer. Find out more about these cars and our performance product programs at: https://hpd.honda.com/Motorsports/Touring

Honda Unveils 2020 Civic Type R Pace Car

Honda Indianapolis 500 Race Report

#30: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, #9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, #15: Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda take the checkered flag
  • Takuma Sato prevails over Scott Dixon to score second “500” victory
  • Graham Rahal, Santino Ferrucci round out Honda 1-2-3-4 sweep
  • Honda scores 13th victory in an historic running of the Indianapolis 500

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 23, 2020) – Takuma Sato passed a previously dominant Scott Dixon with just 15 laps remaining in today’s Indianapolis 500, and went on to score his second win at the famed “Brickyard” in a race dominated by Honda teams and drivers.

Although he led only twice for a total of 27 laps, Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda was fast when it counted, in the run from the last round of pit stops to the checkered flag.  Exiting the pits in second to Dixon, Sato swept into the lead on lap 185, then held off several attempts by Dixon to repass as the pair worked their way through lapped traffic.  The race was decided on Lap 196 of the scheduled 200, when Spencer Pigot crashed hard exiting Turn 4, leading the race to end under the caution flag.  The win is the second at Indy for Sato, following his initial “500” triumph in 2017.

Prior to the final pit stops, Dixon had dominated the day in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, leading a race-high 111 laps as the championship leader sought his own second Indy victory.  Starting in the middle of the front row in the 33-car field, Dixon took the lead at the Green Flag and went on to control much of the 200-lap contest, especially after Alexander Rossi, in a strong running Andretti Autosport Honda, crashed out of the race on Lap 143.  Prior to his contact with the wall, Rossi led four times for a total of 17 laps as he and Dixon edged away from the field in the middle portion of the race.

#30: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Takuma Sato wins the Indy 500

But both Rahal Letterman Lanigan Hondas came on strong in the closing laps, with Sato’s teammate Graham Rahal closing the gap to the lead pair in the final laps to finish third.  After a disappointing qualifying effort, Santino Ferrucci conducted an exciting late-race effort of his own, finishing fourth to complete a Honda 1-2-3-4 sweep at the finish.

Honda drivers claimed eight of the top-10 finishing positions, with James Hinchcliffe recovering from a clutch problem encountered in his second pit stop to finish seventh, with his Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta eighth.  Jack Harvey had his best Indy finish to date with a ninth-place result for Meyer Shank Racing; while Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top 10 in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Next

The string of five consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval races continues next weekend as drivers and teams head 150 miles southwest to WorldWide Technolgy Raceway near St. Louis, Missouri for a pair of 200-lap races Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.

Honda Racing social media content and videos from this weekend’s pair of races 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at  (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).  Produced by the CoForce Digital Media, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

Quotes

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) Started 3rd, finished 1st; second Indy 500 win; 13th victory for Honda at Indianapolis: “I think we had the best car. Only we were a lap short from Dixie [Scott Dixon] in terms of the fuel strategy, and [making fuel mileage to the finish] was a little tight. I couldn’t use max power to switch back and forth. And Dixon kept coming through Turn 4 [on the final green flag lap] and I was just able to hold him off. This is unbelievable. Everyone did a hell of a job. HPD and Honda gave us a lot of power and a lot of fuel mileage.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 2nd, finished 2nd; led race-high 111 laps; increased his mid-season championship points lead to 84 over Josef Newgarden [335-251]: “This is a hard one to swallow. On fuel mileage, I really can’t see how [Takuma] Sato was going to make it [prior to the caution that ended the race]. We pitted a lap later, and the [fuel mileage] numbers they had to get, it was going to be very difficult. I thought they were going to throw a red flag [following a late-race crash by Spencer Pigot], which would have been interesting for the last four or five laps. Huge congrats to Takuma. He drove his pants off today. Rahal Letterman Lanigan, they were super fast, obviously finishing first and third. It was good day for Honda. I want to give a massive thank you to them. We’re very proud to be powered by HPD and Honda, and it’s nice to get some [championship] points. But it’s hard when the win slips away like that.”

Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda) Started 19th, finished 4th“It was just an incredible race. The SealMaster Honda was insane today. The guys worked really hard on pit lane, on the timing stand and the strategy was perfect.  I’m just really happy, after two incredibly long weeks of focusing on the car, we ended really good. During the first pit stop I got caught in neutral, and it was like a blessing in disguise. It set us way back, but the momentum we had just carried us. On the next restart [after a caution flag] we went from 25th right back into the top-10. It was where we needed to be and we just fought our way from there into the top-four.”       

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Indianapolis 500: “This was a very satisfying win.  On behalf of every HPD team member and everyone back at HPD in Santa Clarita – who have all been pushing hard since last year’s race – thank you!  Congratulations to Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal and the entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan team for their one-three finish today; to Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing for his dominant run to lead 111 laps and second-place result; and to all of our partner teams and their great drivers.  Together we led all but 22 laps of today’s race, and scored an incredible 13th ‘500’ win for Honda.”

Indianapolis 500

Circuit:         Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Indianapolis, IN

2018 Winner:  Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 175.794 mph average

Weather:       Mostly sunny, hot, 85 degrees F

Results:

Fn.St.Driver      TeamManufacturerLapsNotes
  1.  3.Takuma Sato-WRahal Letterman LaniganHonda  200157.824 mph average speed
  2.  2.Scott Dixon-WChip Ganassi RacingHonda200+0.0577 seconds (under caution)
  3.  8.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda200 
  4.19.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-SullivanHonda  200 
  5.13.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet200 
  6.15.Pato O’Ward-RArrow McLaren SPChevrolet200 
  7.  6.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportHonda200 
  8.10.Colton HertaAndretti Harding Autosport  Honda200 
  9.20.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda200 
10.  5.Ryan Hunter-Reay-WAndretti AutosportHonda  200 
11.28.Helio Castroneves-WTeam PenskeChevrolet200 
12.14.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi RacingHonda200 
13.  1.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda  200 
14.22.Will Power-WTeam PenskeChevrolet200 
15.17.Zach VeachAndretti AutosportHonda  200 
16.32.JR HildebrandDreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet200 
17.30.Max ChiltonCarlin RacingChevrolet200 
18.29.Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet200 
19.23.Tony Kanaan-WA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet199Running
20.  4.Rinus VeeKay-REd Carpenter RacingChevrolet199Running
21.26.Fernando AlonsoArrow McLaren SPChevrolet199Running
22.25.Simon Pagenaud-WTeam PenskeChevrolet198Running
23.33.Ben HanleyDragonSpeed RacingChevrolet198Running
24.31.Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet198Running
25.12.Spencer PigotRahal Letterman Lanigan Honda194Did not finish – crash
26.16.Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet187Running
27.  9.Alexander Rossi-WAndretti AutosportHonda143Did not finish – crash
28.  7.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team GohHonda121Did not finish – crash
29.18.Conor DalyEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet  91Did not finish – crash
30.21.Oliver Askew-RArrow McLaren SPChevrolet  91Did not finish – crash
31.24.Dalton Kellett-RA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet  82Did not finish – crash
32.11.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda  24Did not finish – crash
33.27.James DavisonDale Coyne RacingHonda    4Did not finish – brakes

W – Previous Indianapolis 500 winner

R – Indianapolis 500 Rookie

Dixon Heads Strong Honda Effort on “Carb Day” at Indianapolis

#9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • Scott Dixon posts second-fastest run in final practice prior to the Indianapolis 500
  • Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato also fast as Honda drivers claim seven of top ten speeds
  • 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 21, 2020) – Five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and current points leader Scott Dixon led the way for Honda today in the traditional “Carb Day” final practice session prior to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

The final practice prior to Sunday’s running of the 104th Indianapolis 500 saw Dixon post the second-fastest lap speed of 224.646 mph, just one tenth of a second off today’s quickest driver, Pato O’Ward.

Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato made it three Honda drivers in the top four of the speed charts today.

Zach Veach ran sixth fastest in today’s two-hour practice session, with fellow Honda drivers Marcus Ericsson eighth, Jack Harvey ninth and rookie Alex Palou rounding out the top 10.

Honda Racing social media content and videos from practice and qualifying from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).  Produced by the CoForce Digital Media, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

Next

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, August 23, with live television coverage on NBC starting with pre-race festivities at 1 p.m. EDT.

Quote

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Second fastest today: “We had to go through our front wings [primary and spares] today, just to make sure they’re all close in case we need [a spare] in the race. The #9 PNC Bank Honda felt really good and really fast. It pulls up [to other cars] wicked fast. Hopefully that’s true when it comes to the race! It definitely looks like there are some good cars out there – and some not so good cars. I think there has always been, especially these last few years, an underlying tone of ‘it’s hard to pass’. This year [passing] has been a lot easier for us. I think a lot of credit goes out to HPD and Honda. We’re proud to be powered by them. They have done a lot to help that, and I think we’ve made a lot of changes on the team and the car that’s helped that as well. It’s good to see.”

Indianapolis 500 “Carb Day” Final Practice

Circuit:               Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN

2019 Winner:    Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 175.794 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 73 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 “Fast Friday” Top-10 Results:

Ps.Driver      TeamManufacturerBest SpeedNotes
  2.Pato O’Ward-RArrow McLaren SPChevrolet225.355 
  2.Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda224.646+0.1262 sec
  3.Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportHonda224.599 
  4.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda224.580 
  5.Oliver Askew-RArrow McLaren SPChevrolet224.128 
  6.Zach VeachAndretti AutosportHonda223.957 
  7.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet223.764 
  8.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing Honda223.700 
  9.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda223.641 
10.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team Goh               Honda223.570 

Other Honda Results

12.James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport Honda223.461 
13.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda223.433 
21.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-Sullivan     Honda222.806 
22.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportHonda222.731 
25.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda222.158 
26.Spencer PigotRLL with Citrone/Buhl AutosportHonda221.789 
27.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi Racing            Honda221.675 
28.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda221.314 
29.James DavisonDCR with Ware/Byrd/BelardiHonda220.889 

Honda Starts Strong in Chase for 13th Indianapolis 500 Victory

The front row of #30: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, #9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, #98: Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda
  • Front-row qualifying sweep for Honda sets stage for exciting “500”
  • Honda lineup includes four former winners; 11 of 12 fastest qualifiers
  • Victory on Sunday would be the 13th for Honda since 2003
Front row qualifiers: #98: Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda, #9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, #30: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (August 18, 2020) – A powerful qualifying performance from Honda teams and drivers has set the stage for an exciting 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 as the manufacturer seeks its 13th victory at the famed “Brickyard” on Sunday.

            Led by pole qualifier Marco Andretti, Honda drivers swept the front row in qualifying, and claimed 11 of the top-12 starting positions.  Andretti’s pole was the 11th for Honda on the famed 2.5-mile oval, and the first Indy pole for the third-generation racer from the “first family” of American motorsports. 

            “Honda has a long history of success at Indianapolis, and everyone at Honda Performance Development has played an important role in our 12 previous wins,” said Ted Klaus, HPD president.  “Qualifying was a great success, and we were thrilled to have the pole and an all-Honda front row. Everyone at HPD worked hard through the off-season with our partner teams to improve our overall performance.  We all know that the race on Sunday is going to be a battle, and that’s why it will be fascinating and fun to watch.

            “Honda’s commitment to innovation through motorsports, remains just as strong today as when the company was founded in 1946. We’re proud of Honda’s success at Indianapolis, and our long history of participation in this great race.  We are looking forward to an exciting 500 miles, and to finishing in Victory Circle for the 13th time!”

            Two former “500” winners – Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato – fill out the first of the 11 rows of three that make up the field, and will start second and third, respectively.  Dixon is the current championship points leader with three previous wins this season, while Sato is Honda’s most recent “500” winner, from 2017.

            Another Honda-powered former race winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, will start fifth, with former pole qualifier James Hinchcliffe alongside in sixth.  Hunter-Reay was victorious at Indy in 2014; while Hinchcliffe returned from serious injuries in 2015 to claim the pole in 2016.

            The third row is also all-Honda, led by promising rookie Alex Palou in seventh, Graham Rahal in eighth and 2016 winner Alexander Rossi, ninth.  Continuing the Honda-dominated top half of the field, Colton Herta will start from the inside of the fourth row, 10th; with Marcus Ericsson 11th and returning Honda racer Spencer Pigot filling out the row in 12th.

            The remainder of the 15-driver Honda field at Indianapolis include 14th-starting Felix Rosenqvist; Zach Veach, who will start 17th; Santino Ferrucci and Jack Harvey, who will start 19th and 30th, respectively; and James Davison, who qualified 27th.

Honda is the most successful major car manufacturer at the Indy 500, winning more races, having more starts and completing more laps than any other major automaker in the 103 previous editions of the event. Since 1994, Honda has taken part in 19 Indianapolis 500 races, and powered 12 race winners at The Brickyard.

During 26 years of IndyCar competition, Honda has won 14 Manufacturers’ Championships, with Honda drivers winning 249 races and 16 series championships – a record unmatched by any other car company since Honda entered Indy car competition in 1994.

Honda’s Indianapolis 500 Highlights:

  • Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 12 victories from 19 races; or a win ratio of 63%
  • Honda has had more race starts at the Indianapolis 500 than any other auto manufacturer: 372 starts
  • Honda has completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker: 65,103 laps

2020 Indianapolis 500 Starting Field:

Ps.Driver      TeamManufacturerSpeed 
  1.Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta AutosportHonda231.068 
  2.Scott Dixon-WChip Ganassi RacingHonda231.051 
  3.Takuma Sato-WRahal Letterman LaniganHonda230.725   
  4.Rinus VeeKay-REd Carpenter RacingChevrolet230.704 
  5.Ryan Hunter-Reay-WAndretti AutosportHonda230.648 
  6.James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport Honda229.870   
  7.Alex Palou-RDCR with Team Goh               Honda229.676 
  8.Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganHonda229.380 
  9.Alexander Rossi-WAndretti AutosportHonda229.234   
10.Colton HertaAndretti Harding AutosportHonda230.775 
11.Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing Honda230.763 
12.Spencer PigotRLL with Citrone/Buhl AutosportHonda230.539   
13.Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeChevrolet230.296 
14.Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi Racing            Honda230.254 
15.Pato O’Ward-RArrow McLaren SPChevrolet230.213   
16.Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet230.211 
17.Zach VeachAndretti AutosportHonda229.961 
18.Conor DalyEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet229.955   
19.Santino FerrucciDCR with Vasser-Sullivan     Honda229.924 
20.Jack HarveyMeyer Shank RacingHonda229.861 
21.Oliver Askew-RArrow McLaren SPChevrolet229.760   
22.Will Power-WTeam PenskeChevrolet229.701 
23.Tony Kanaan-WA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet229.154 
24.Dalton Kellett-RA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet228.880   
25.Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeChevrolet228.836 
26.Fernando AlonsoArrow McLaren SPChevrolet228.768 
27.James DavisonDCR with Ware/Byrd/BelardiHonda228.747   
28.Helio Castroneves-WTeam PenskeChevrolet228.373 
29.Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt EnterprisesChevrolet227.758 
30.Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet227.099   
31.JR HildebrandDreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet226.341 
32.Max ChiltonCarlin RacingChevrolet225.819 
33.Ben HanleyDragon Speed RacingChevrolet220.946 

W – Previous Indianapolis 500 winner

R – Indianapolis 500 rookie

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