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Honda Race Report – Road America

Rossi, Honda Reign at Road America Alexander Rossi dominates REV Group Grand Prix for second win of 2019 Closes to within seven points of championship lead Graham Rahal runs fourth, Scott Dixon fifth in close battle ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 23, 2019) – Alexander Rossi dominated today’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, leading…

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Herta, Rossi Sweep Front Row for Honda in Road America Qualifying

Herta, Rossi Sweep Front Row for Honda in Road America Qualifying

Colton Herta becomes youngest pole qualifier in Indy car history
Alexander Rossi completes front row qualifying sweep for Honda
Teammates Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato file our third starting row as Honda drivers take four of the top-six qualifying positions

 

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 22, 2019) – Nineteen-year-old Colton Herta became the youngest pole qualifier in IndyCar Series history today at Road America, and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix in his Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda.

 

Already Indy car’s youngest race winner – a mark he set in March at the Circuit of the Americas Herta edged fellow Honda driver Alexander Rossi by just 0.1773 seconds around the four-mile Road America circuit in Saturday’s Firestone “Fast Six” final round of NTT IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying to secure his historic pole.

 

Graham Rahal, the former holder of both youngest race and pole winner records prior to Herta, will start his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda from fifth, with teammateTakuma Sato alongside in sixth as Honda driver’s claimed four of the top-six qualifying positions.

 

Although failing to advance to Fast Six final qualifying, Sebastien Bourdais will start his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda from seventh.  James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti also advanced to the second qualifying round, and will start ninth and tenth, respectively.  Although he advanced out of first-round qualifying, mechanical issues prevented defending series champion Scott Dixon from running in the second round, and he will start his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda from 12th.

 

Live network television coverage of Sunday’s 55-lap REV Group Grand Prix, the 10th round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, begins at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC.

 

Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) Pole qualifier, first career IndyCar Series pole, youngest pole qualifier in Indy car history: “I’m so happy with how the day went. The #88 GESS Capstone Honda guys are all working so hard and so well together. The car was fast. This is the first time that we’ve had that edge in qualifying to go for pole, and I loved it. We really took advantage of it and got the best starting position for tomorrow. Now we’ll keep checking the weather [the possibility of rain is in the local forecast] and make changes accordingly so we can have a great race! 

 

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Qualified secondIt came down to the [final lap], but that’s the NTT IndyCar Series. It’s what we have week in and week out, and requires perfection from both the team and the driver. It was a good day, I think in general for the #27 NAPA Andretti boys – and congratulations to [pole qualifier] Colton [Herta], he did a good job. It’s unfortunate to miss out on the [championship] point [awarded to the pole winner] that we need. But that’s the way it is. We’re ahead of [main championship rival] Josef [Newgarden, on the starting grid] and we’ll try to keep it that way.”

 

 

NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix

Circuit:​​Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.

2018 Winner:Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 132.101 mph average

Weather:Sunny, mild, breezy, 73 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

 1.

Colton Herta-R

Harding Steinbrenner Racing

Honda

1:42.9920

140.306 mph average

 2.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.1693

+ 0.773 seconds

 3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:43.3749

Fast Six final qualifier

 4.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:43.6036

Fast Six final qualifier

 5.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterma n Lanigan

Honda

1:43.8077

Fast Six final qualifier

 6.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:43.8790

Fast Six final qualifier

 7.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan

Honda

1:43.2989

2nd round qualifying

 8.

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:43.3083

2nd round qualifying

 9.

James Hinchcliffe

Arrow Schmidt Peterson  

Honda

1:43.3814

2nd round qualifying

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.3945

2nd round qualifying

11.

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:43.5162

2nd round qualifying

12.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

No time

Mechanical issue Q2

Other Honda Results

14.

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.4488

1st round, Group 2

15.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.6980

1st round, Group 1

17.

Marcus Ericsson-R

Arrow Schmidt Peterson  

Honda

1:43.8913

1st round, Group 1

18.

Felix Rosenqvist-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:43.5038

1st round, Group 2

19.

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Honda

1:44.6179

1st round, Group 1

21.

Santino Ferrucci-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:49.3060

1st round, Group 1

Rossi, Honda Lead Opening Day Practice at Road America

Rossi, Honda Lead Opening Day Practice at Road America

  • Alexander Rossi, Honda, top the time sheets in practice
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay heads opening practice session, runs sixth overall
  • Honda drivers claim eight of top-10 times on Friday

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 21, 2019) – Honda drivers led both NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions Friday at Road America, with Alexander Rossi topping the time sheets in the afternoon and for the day in his Andretti Autosport Honda, in preparation for Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix.  

Running on the soft-compound Firestone “Red” tires, Rossi manhandled his car over the challenging four-mile Road America circuit to a time of 1:43.1206 [140.131 mph] to comfortably edge second-fastest Will Power’s best lap of 1:43.4089, also set on the “Red” alternate tires.

Rossi’s teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, led the morning session and ended the day sixth overall based on his opening session time. Already a race winner this year, rookie Colton Herta ended the afternoon and the day fourth fastest for the Harding Steinbrenner Racing team, with fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist fifth in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato, second quickest in the morning, used that time to end the day seventh, with teammate Graham Rahal eighth.  Defending series champion Scott Dixon ran ninth, while James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top 10 in his Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.  Activities continue Saturday at Road America with final practice and qualifying for Sunday’s 55-lap, 220-mile race. Live network coverage of the 10th round of the season begin at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) fastest in opening-day practice: “It’s always a change from year-to-year, right?  So, we roll off [of the trailer] with a car [set up] that was good last year, and work to dial it in to this year’s conditions.  Right now, it’s still pretty hairy out there. We’re dealing with both ends of the race car [not working to their best] and trying to find that happy medium.

 

NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix

Circuit: Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.

2018 Winner: Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 132.101 mph average

Weather: Sunny, mild, 72 degrees F

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time  Notes
  1. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda  1:43.1206 140.131 mph average
  2. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 1:43.4089
  3. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 1:43.4758
  4. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda  1:43.7415
  5. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda  1:43.7464
  6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda  1:43.7556
  7. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda  1:43.8244
  8. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda  1:43.9772
  9. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 1:43.9842
10. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson   Honda  1:44.0423

Other Honda Results

12. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda  1:44.0731
13. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda  1:44.2018
15. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda  1:44.2436
20. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda  1:44.6992
22. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson   Honda  1:45.0633
23. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing  Honda  1:45.2417

Honda in Texas

Rossi Runs Second for Honda in Texas Alexander Rossi continues championship fight with third podium result In last four races Strong run from Graham Rahal nets third-place finish Santino Ferrucci takes rookie points lead with career-best fourth   FORT WORTH, Texas (June 8, 2019) – A race that started out well for Honda, with the…

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Honda Texas Qualifying Report

Sato, Honda Take Texas Pole Takuma Sato claims pole at Texas Motor Speedway Scott Dixon will start second as Honda drivers qualify first through fourth Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay round out top four for Honda   FORT WORTH, Texas (June 7, 2019) – Takuma Sato claimed his second pole of the 2019 season, and the…

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Dixon, Honda Lead Shortened Opening Practice in Texas

  Scott Dixon leads Honda sweep of top three positions in rain-shortened session Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammates Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal round out top three Saturday night contest will be first Saturday night race of 2019   FORT WORTH, Texas (June 6, 2019) – Scott Dixon put his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda on top in…

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Honda in Detroit

Dixon, Ericsson Run 1-2 For Honda in Detroit Scott Dixon recovers from Saturday race crash to win Sunday finale Marcus Ericsson completes 1-2 result for Honda Honda drivers take nine of top-10 finishing positions   DETROIT, Mich. (June 2, 2019) – Recovering in the best possible fashion from a crash and last-place finish in Saturday’s…

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Honda in Detroit

Rossi, Sato Produce Podium Results for Honda in Detroit Alexander Rossi finishes second in opening race on Belle Isle street circuit Takuma Sato runs third in rain delayed, shortened event Second race in doubleheader weekend runs Sunday   DETROIT, Mich. (June 1, 2019) – Alexander Rossi led the Honda-powered field Saturday on the Belle Isle…

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Rossi, Dixon Lead Practice Sessions in Detroit

Rossi, Dixon Lead Practice Sessions in Detroit

  • Alexander Rossi, Honda, top the time sheets in practice for two-race weekend
  • Scott Dixon heads opening practice session, runs third overall
  • Qualifying and Race One take place on Saturday; Race Two on Sunday

DETROIT, Mich. (May 31, 2019) – Honda drivers led the way in opening practice today for this weekend’s Dual in Detroit NTT IndyCar Series doubleheader race weekend, with Alexander Rossi fastest in the second practice session – and on the day – in his Andretti Autosport Honda.  

Scott Dixon led the morning session and ended the day third on the timesheets for Chip Ganassi Racing, while Graham Rahal rounded out the top five for Honda and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.

Activities continue Saturday in Detroit with the first of this weekend’s two 70-lap NTT IndyCar Series races.  Live NBC television coverage of the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2019 championship begins at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) fastest in opening-day practice: “Yeah, Detroit is definitely a unique place. You have to learn to love the bumps. Kind of figure out ways to get around them. There’s certain bumping in braking zones and in corners that if you have a slightly different line or approach with your driving style, you can mitigate the impact that the bumps have.  I think you can see a bit of separation at a place like this just for small driving style differences, which is great. At the end of the day, even with all that being said, we saw it’s so close at the top, close throughout the whole field. Pretty normal for Indy car racing.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Third fastest Friday in Detroit: “Man it’s a really tough circuit here in Detroit. You have to be very aggressive and really nail the calls on using the right [compound] tires at the right time. But that is just another reason I love coming here. It’s a huge challenge with two races in as many days, and coming right off the Indianapolis 500. We unloaded fast and have a good PNC Bank car. I think we’ll be ready to go and in a good spot for tomorrow.”

Honda at the Indianapolis 500

Rossi Runs Second For Honda at Indianapolis 500 Alexander Rossi finishes second after taking battle for victory to the final laps Takuma Sato recovers from one-lap deficit to finish third Santino Ferrucci, in a spectacular drive, leads rookie runners with run to seventh   SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 26, 2019) – Alexander Rossi took the battle…

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