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Honda Indy 500 Pole Qualifying Report

NTT P1 award winner #9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda celebrates his pole award, Honda
NTT P1 award winner #9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda celebrates his pole award, #10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Pole Winner #9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda on qualifying run.

Dixon, Honda Claim Pole for 106th Indianapolis 500

  • Scott Dixon, Alex Palou will start one-two with Honda power
  • Dixon records second-fastest qualifying run in Indianapolis 500 history
  • Third consecutive Indy 500 pole for Honda, two-in-a-row for Dixon

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 22, 2022) – For the fifth time in his incredible career, Scott Dixon will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. The 2008 Indy 500 winner and six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion claimed pole in an electric Firestone Fast Six final qualifying run Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a four-lap average speed of 234.046 mph, the fasted pole speed – and second-fastest qualifying run – in Indianapolis 500 history.

Dixon will line up on the front row alongside his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, defending series champion Alex Palou. Two other Ganassi Honda drivers – Marcus Ericsson and veteran Tony Kanaan – will start fifth and sixth, respectively.

Honda’s HI22TT V-6 Indy car engine powered four of the six qualifiers in today’s “Fast Six” qualifying round session, as well as seven of the top 12 qualifiers who advanced out of yesterday’s first-round qualifying.

The other Honda drivers to advance out of first-round qualifying included Romain Grosjean, who will start ninth; two-time Indy winner Takuma Sato, who will start 10th; and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who will start his first ‘500’ from 12th.

Honda Drivers and Teams in the 2022 Indianapolis 500

  • 1st Scott Dixon-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 2nd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 6th Tony Kanaan-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 9th Romain Grosjean-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 10th Takuma Sato-W Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 12th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 13th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 16th Simon Pagenaud-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 20th Alexander Rossi-W Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 21st Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 25th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 27th Helio Castroneves-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 31st Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 32nd Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • W – Indianapolis 500 race winner
  • R – Indianapolis 500 rookie

Quotes

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Pole qualifier, his fifth Indianapolis 500 pole; second only to Rick Mears with six Indy poles: “That’s what this place is all about, it’s so amazing. The ups and downs you can have just in one day are crazy. A massive ‘thank you’ to all the fans, it’s so good to see everyone in the grandstands. Thank you so much to the #9 team and Honda, they brought it today. To get all five of our [Chip Ganassi Racing] cars into the Top 12, and then four into the Fast Six, I hope [team owner] Chip [Ganassi] has got a smile on his face! Hard work and people, that’s what it takes. I’m one of the lucky guys that gets to drive, but the amount of effort from everyone back at the shop; and though HPD and Honda, the speed that they bring; and all my teammates; it takes everyone. But this is only stage one, it won’t mean anything come next Sunday. We’re starting in the right spot, and we’ll definitely be trying to keep it on the right spot come race day.”

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Honda) Will start his third Indianapolis 500 from the middle of the first row: “Super happy to be starting on the front row, that’s a first for me at Indianapolis. The entire Chip Ganassi team did an amazing job and Honda is starting 1-2 with Scott Dixon and me. So, really happy about that and hope we can take one of our cars to Victory Lane next Sunday!”

Kelvin Fu (Vice President, Honda Performance Development) on Honda’s 15th Indianapolis 500 pole: “This is Honda’s third consecutive pole for the ‘500’ and two in a row with Scott Dixon. The team at HPD did a great job dealing with the new [qualifying] format, and the sheer bravery of the whole Ganassi lineup in all of their qualifying runs was absolutely amazing. It’s been a tough start of the season for us, but this is a validation of all the hard work going on at HPD and our partner teams. They came through today, on the biggest stage in our sport. There’s still next week, and we’ve got a race to win. We’ll enjoy the moment tonight, but then it’s back to work for next weekend’s 500.”

Fast Facts

This is Honda’s 13th pole in 22 races at the Indianapolis 500, and 7th pole in 16 Indianapolis 500s with multi-manufacturer competition. It is Honda’s third consecutive ‘500’ pole, a streak begun by Marco Andretti in 2020 and continued by Dixon in 2021-22.

This is Scott Dixon’s fifth Indianapolis pole in 20 Indianapolis 500s, with his previous pole runs coming in 2008 (when he also won the race), 2015, 2017 and last year. It is the seventh Indianapolis 500 pole for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 14 victories from 21 races – a win ratio of 66%since the company entered the INDYCAR competition in 1994.

Honda has had more race starts at the Indianapolis 500 than any other auto manufacturer: 405 starts. Honda drivers also have completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker: 70,935 laps.

Where to Watch Sunday’s 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Live NBC network coverage of the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins at 11 a.m. EDT, with the green flag to start Sunday’s 200-lap contest at 12:45 p.m. EDT. Live streaming will also be available on NBC Peacock.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from Indianapolis 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 First Round Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Report

#28: Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport Honda
#48: Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing lead Honda Effort In First Round Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

  • Chip Ganassi Racing places all five drivers in top 12
  • Honda drivers claim seven of 12 slots for tomorrow’s pole shootout
  • Three of five Honda teams qualify for Sunday’s fast-12 shootout

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 21, 2022) – Led by defending series champion Alex Palou, all five Chip Ganassi Racing Honda entries – and seven Honda drivers from three teams – advanced through first-round qualifying today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for next weekend’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Led by Palou in fourth, those advancing to the final two qualifying rounds on Sunday include his Ganassi teammates Tony Kanaan (5th), Jimmie Johnson (6th), Marcus Ericsson (8th) and Scott Dixon (10th). Other Honda drivers to advance included Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean, 9th; and Takuma Sato, who rounded out the top-12 for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR.

Indianapolis 500 Honda First Round Qualifying Results

  • 4th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Tony Kanaan-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 6th Jimmie Johnson-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 9th Romain Grosjean-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 10th Scott Dixon-W Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 12th Takuma Sato-W Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 13th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 17th Simon Pagenaud-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 21st Alexander Rossi-W Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 22nd Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 25th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 26th Helio Castroneves-W Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 30th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 31st Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • W – Indianapolis 500 race winner
  • R – Indianapolis 500 rookie

Quotes

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Honda) Fourth-fastest in Indianapolis 500 first-round qualifying: “I’m super happy with our qualifying run [fourth]. The car was really fast, although it was really busy in the cockpit [constantly adjust cockpit controls to alter the handling]. That’s because we had no real running yesterday [Friday, due to high, gusting winds], but still really happy with our car, and with having all five Chip Ganassi Racing Hondas in the top 12 for tomorrow”

Jimmie Johnson (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Seven-time NASCAR champion ran sixth in first-round qualifying: “What an awesome day here in Indy. Not only for the four laps [qualifying] on track, which were amazing, but in the quiet moments I had before my run. I was able to look around and take in the moment. What a special moment it was. I’m so lucky to be here, and things are looking pretty good [for Sunday’s final qualifying].

Fast Facts

Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 14 victories from 21 races – a win ratio of 66%since the company entered the INDYCAR competition in 1994.

Honda first won the ‘500’ in the manufacturer’s fourth attempt, when Buddy Rice piloted his Rahal Letterman Racing Honda to victory in 2004.

Other Honda-powered Indy winners include Dan Wheldon in 2005 and 2011, Sam Hornish Jr. (2006), Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010 and 2012), Scott Dixon (2008), Helio Castroneves (2009 and 2021), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Alexander Rossi (2016), and Takuma Sato in 2017 and ’20.

Honda has had more race starts at the Indianapolis 500 than any other auto manufacturer: 405 starts. Honda drivers also have completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker: 70,935 laps.

Where to Watch Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 Final Qualifying

Live television coverage Sunday’s final qualifying for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at 12:30 p.m. ET with practice on NBC Peacock. The two rounds of final qualifying will be broadcast on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.

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

GMR Grand Prix Race Report

Honda Scores 1-2 Finish in Wet & Wild Indy Road Race

  • Colton Herta prevails in treacherous, constantly changing conditions to win the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis
  • Simon Pagenaud completes 1-2 result for Honda
  • Marcus Ericsson claims fourth following late-race charge in heavy rain

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 14, 2022) – Constantly changing weather conditions – from wet to dry, back to wet again, and finally extremely wet – made for an extremely challenging GMR Grand Prix today on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But at the end of two hours of intense competition, Colton Herta scored his first race win of 2022 and led fellow Honda driver Simon Pagenaud home for a 1-2 finish for the manufacturer.

Herta and his Andretti Autosport team were among the first to change from wet weather “rain” tires to “slick” dry weather tires as the track dried early in the race, and were equally quick to change back to wet weather tires as conditions warranted. A mistake-free day from both driver and team netted Herta his seventh career INDYCAR victory, and first of the 2022 season.

Behind Herta, Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud completed a 1-2 result for Honda with a charging drive from 20th on the starting grid to second at the checkers. Equally impressive, Marcus Ericsson recovered from early-race contact – and a resulting long pit stop for repairs – to put on a late-race charge when conditions were at their worst, to finish fourth.

GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis Honda Race Results

  • 1st Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 2nd Simon Pageaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 4th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 9th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 10th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 11th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 13th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 14th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 16th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 19th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 20th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 21st Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 22nd Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Colton Herta (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) Finished 1st: “This is awesome! That was the hardest race I think I’ve ever done. [The early change to dry weather ‘slick’ tires] sure helped us a lot, we gained a lot of positions there. And the other [strategy] calls came at just the right time, too. Wet-to-dry; back to wet, incredible. And thank you to all the fans for sticking around in this kind of weather. Love you guys.”

Simon Pagenaud (#60 Meyer Shanki Racing Honda) Finished 2nd: “Visibility was a real problem at the end, it was really difficult to drive at the end. It was really unfortunate, as the car was really good to drive, but it was so hard to see. I was looking at the [signaling] lights on the side [of the track] to find my braking points at the end. It was really tough to even finish the race. Congrats to [winner] Colton [Herta], and it was an amazing job from everyone at Meyer Shank Racing. We made the right calls on the tires, even though it was tricky, really tricky to decide. But overall, a great day for us, a really good job.”

Marcus Ericsson (#8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished 4th: “It was one of those days, you know? Just a crazy race. My car was really good in the wet, though. We made good progress at the beginning, then got spun around and had to replace the rear wing, and still had damage on the rear of the car for the rest of the race. The guys on the team made really good calls on strategy and then when the rain came again at the end, my car was great in the wet. It gave us another opportunity and I made some good moves. So P4 is a very good result.”

Wayne Gross (Manager, Trackside Support, Honda Performance Development) on today’s GMR Grand Prix: “This was a great result for us. We’ve had our chances to win some of these early-season races, but things didn’t go our way. Today, when conditions were at their most challenging, Colton Herta and Andretti Autosport made all the right moves and scored a most impressive victory. Simon Pagenaud and the Meyer Shank team again showed their prowess at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to complete an outstanding 1-2 result for Honda; and Marcus Ericsson’s charge at the end – when conditions were at their worst – was inspiring. Thanks to everyone at HPD for keeping their heads down and focusing on the job at hand this weekend, and let’s go on to the ‘500’.”

Fast Facts

The “Month of May” began this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the GMR Grand Prix. Held on the IMS infield road course, Saturday’s 85-lap race kicked off three weeks of on-track activities leading up to the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

Prior to today’s win by Colton Herta, Honda’s most recent victory at the GMR Grand Prix came in 2020, when Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal scored a 1-2 finish for Honda. Honda drivers went on to win the Indianapolis 500 in both 2020 (Takuma Sato, his second ‘500’ victory) and 2021 (Helio Castroneves, for his record-tying fourth win at the Brickyard).

The 14 Indianapolis 500 wins by Honda at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway lead all other major automobile manufacturers.

Next

Activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continue this week, but move to the historic 2.5-mile oval with four days of practice, starting Tuesday, followed by qualifying next weekend for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from the GMR Grand Prix can be found on

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

Honda at the GMR Grand Prix – Qualifying


#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Front-Row Start for Palou, Honda at the GMR Grand Prix

  • Championship points leader Alex Palou will start second in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing places all three entries in the top 12

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 13, 2022) – Defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou led the way for Honda today in qualifying for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start on the front row, second in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Other Honda drivers to advance out of first round “knockout” qualifying today on the 2.439-mile Indy road course include Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammates Christian Lundegaard and Jack Harvey, who will start eighth and ninth, respectively; and Romain Grosjean, who qualified his Andretti Autosport Honda in 10th. Graham Rahal also advanced to the second qualifying round, and will start his RLL Honda from 12th in Saturday’s 85-lap race.

GMR Grand Prix Indianapolis Qualifying Results

  • 2nd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 8th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 9th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 10th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 13th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 14th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 16th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 17th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 18th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 19th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 20th Simon Pageaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 21st Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 22nd David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 27th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start second: “Yeah, it was a good day for us. The #10 Honda was really fast all day, in both practice sessions. We tried to improve the car

a bit more for qualifying and we did. We found some stuff that I was happy about, and we got through to the Fast Six [final qualifying round] and that’s always our main target – to start up front. So, making the Fast Six and starting on the front row, that’s a good day for us.”

Fast Facts

The “Month of May” begins this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the GMR Grand Prix. Held on the IMS infield road course, Saturday’s 85-lap race will kick off three weeks of on-track activities leading up to the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

On the strength of three podium finishes in four races this season, defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou comes to the GMR Grand Prix with a three-point lead in the 2022 title chase.

Honda’s most recent win at the GMR Grand Prix came in 2020. Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal scored a 1-2 finish for Honda, with Colton Herta finishing fourth. Honda drivers went on to win the Indianapolis 500 in both 2020 (Takuma Sato, his second ‘500’ victory) and 2021 (Helio Castroneves, for his record-tying fourth win at the Brickyard).

Where to Watch

Television coverage of Saturday’s GMR 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 this weekend’s activities from Indianapolis can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report

#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • Palou Scores Podium Finish at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
  • Alex Palou moves to the Drivers’ Championship points lead with second-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park
  • Scott Dixon runs fifth as Honda drivers claim six of the top-10 finishing positions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 1) – Defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou moved to the top of the 2022 drivers’ championship battle with a second-place finish at today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Palou battled eventual race winner Pato O’Ward throughout the final third of the 90-lap event, at times closing to within one second of the leader as both pulled away from the rest of the 26-car starting field. Although Palou was never quite close enough to attempt a pass for the victory, the second-place result was enough to give the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda driver a three-point championship lead after four of 17 races.

Behind the leaders, the racing was intense throughout the top 10, with Scott Dixon emerging from the various duels to claim fifth with his Ganassi Honda at the finish. Romain Grosjean and Graham Rahal made contact while fighting for position, with Grosjean prevailing after Rahal slowed with a fuel issue on the final lap. Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Colton rounded out the top 10 for Honda today.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Honda Race Results

  • 2nd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 7th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 8th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 9th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 10th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 11th Simon Pageaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 12th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 13th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 15th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 17th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 18th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 20th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 21st Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 24th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings (unofficial, after 4 of 17 rounds)

1. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 144 points

2. Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske 141

3. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 135

4. Will Power, Team Penske 134

5. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP 114

6. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing 113

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished 2nd, takes championship points lead: “We had a good day overall, I’m super happy with the #10 The American Legion Honda car, it was a fast car. We were fighting for the win. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it today, but we’ll try again at the next one. We’ve had a great start to the season, really, and the ‘Month of May’ is here now and I can hardly wait, it’s such a special time for us, starting with the Indy road course and then of course the Indy 500.”

Colton Herta (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) Finished 10th: “It looked like our three-stop strategy was going to work. We definitely had the speed to make it work, the Gainbridge car was really fast, the Honda’s were fast again. We were going to come out ahead of all the ‘two-stoppers’ with the pace we were running. But the timing of the caution [the only full-course caution of the race] just didn’t work for us today.”

Rebecca Johnson (Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama: “It was great to see a sellout crowd here at Barber Motorsports Park, including so many of our associates from our nearby manufacturing facilities. It’s a shame we weren’t able to give them a win for Honda, but Alex Palou’s second-place finish puts him in the championship lead, and now we head to Indianapolis for the ‘Month of May’ and the upcoming Indianapolis 500.:

Fast Facts

Honda-powered drivers and teams have won the two most recent NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at Barber Motorsports Park. Driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Takuma Sato dominated the race in 2019; starting from the pole and leading 74 or the 90-lap contest to score the victory. Honda drivers swept the victory podium that year, with Scott Dixon finishing second, and Sebastien Bourdais third.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was not run in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic; but opened the 2021 season, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou scoring his career-first Indy car win. Palou went on to win the 2021 INDYCAR Drivers’ title as Honda recorded its fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship.

Other Honda-powered winners at Barber Motorsports Park include Helio Castroneves, who won the inaugural INDYCAR race here in 2010; Will Power in 2011; and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014.

Next

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes a week off before resuming May 13-14 with the AMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD). Additional features and long-form videos can be found on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube

channel (https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV).

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying Report

#10: Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Alex Palou Qualifies Third at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

  • Defending race winner, series champion Alex Palou tops NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
  • Alexander Rossi rebounds from morning practice session crash to qualify fifth

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 30, 2022) – Alex Palou, the popular winner of last year’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and eventual 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion, once again led the way for Honda today in qualifying for Sunday’s 90-lap contest at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park.

Palou was one of two Honda drivers to advance to the final round of Firestone “Fast Six” qualifying, and will start his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda from third. Meanwhile, Alexander Rossi and his Andretti Autosport team rebounded from a crash in this morning’s practice session, completing repairs to the #27 Honda in time for Rossi to also advance to the final round, and will start fifth.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying Results

  • 3rd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 8th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 9th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 10th Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 12th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 13th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 14th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 15th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 16th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 17th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 18th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 20th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 24th Simon Pageaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 26th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start third, defending race and series champion: “It was a busy session; it was really close. The car was really fast, and we were

improving every session. I’m really happy with the #10 The American Legion Honda and the starting position [third] for tomorrow. Same place we started [the race] in last year, and we won it.”

Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) qualified fifth: “I’m so grateful to everyone at Andretti Autosport. Not just my guys, but guys from all my teammates cars and the Honda engineers. It was a thrash [to complete repairs after a crash in morning practice], so I just appreciate the efforts in getting me back out there. Fifth is fine. You’re always hoping for a little bit more in qualifying, but we’ll go back, look at the data to see where the car’s actually at, and go from there in the race tomorrow.”

Fast Facts

Honda-powered drivers and teams have won the two most recent NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at Barber Motorsports Park. Driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Takuma Sato dominated the race in 2019; starting from the pole and leading 74 or the 90-lap contest to score the victory. Honda drivers swept the victory podium that year, with Scott Dixon finishing second, and Sebastien Bourdais third.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was not run in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic; but opened the 2021 season, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou scoring his career-first Indy car win. Palou went on to win the 2021 INDYCAR Drivers’ title as Honda recorded its fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship.

Other Honda-powered winners at Barber Motorsports Park include Helio Castroneves, who won the inaugural INDYCAR race here in 2010; Will Power in 2011; and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014.

Where to Watch

Television coverage of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT on NBC Peacock, and at 1 p.m. 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 Barber Motorsports Park 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 message points for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 1
NBC and NBC Peacock
IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Honda at Barber Motorsports Park

  • This weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be the 12th INDYCAR race at the scenic, 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park circuit; and the 10th year American Honda has served as title sponsor of the event.
  • Honda-powered drivers and teams have won the two most recent NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at Barber Motorsports Park.  Driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Takuma Sato dominated the race in 2019; starting from the pole and leading 74 or the 90-lap contest to score the victory. Honda drivers swept the victory podium that year, with Scott Dixon finishing second, and Sebastien Bourdais third.
  • The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was not run in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic; but opened the 2021 season, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou scoring his career-first Indy car win.  Palou went on to win the 2021 INDYCAR Drivers’ title as Honda recorded its fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship.
  • Other Honda-powered winners at Barber Motorsports Park include Helio Castroneves, who won the inaugural INDYCAR race here in 2010; Will Power in 2011; and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014.
  • Ten race wins in 2021, including a 14th victory at the Indianapolis 500, brought Honda the company’s 10th INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship and fourth consecutive title.  Honda’s Indy car win total of 262 in 28 years of North American open-wheel racing is unmatched by any other manufacturer in the same period.
  • The 14 wins by Honda at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway lead all other major automobile manufacturers.
  • Since its founding in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has grown from just a handful of staffers to more than 150 associates; and from an engine-rebuilding facility, focused on a single racing series, to a complete motorsports Research & Development organization, engaged in programs ranging from the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to grassroots and entry-level categories including karting, Quarter Midgets, club racing, Formula 4 and Formula 3.

Where to Watch

  • Television coverage of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT on NBC Peacock, and at 1 p.m. 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).

2022 Honda NTT INDYCAR SERIES Lineup

Andretti Autosport                 #26 Colton Herta (W)

#27 Alexander Rossi (W)

                                                #28 Romain Grosjean

                                                #29 Devlin DeFrancesco (R)

Chip Ganassi Racing             #  8 Marcus Ericsson (W)

                                                #  9 Scott Dixon (C) (W)

                                                #10 Alex Palou (C) (W)

                                                #48 Jimmie Johnson

Dale Coyne Racing

    – with HMD Motorsports     #18 David Malukas (R)

    – with Rick Ware Racing    #51 Takuma Sato (W)

Meyer Shank Racing              #60 Simon Pagenaud (C) (W)

                                                #06 Helio Castroneves (W)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan      #15 Graham Rahal (W)

Racing                                    #30 Christian Lundgaard (R)

                                                #45 Jack Harvey

C – IndyCar Series Champion             W – Race Winner                    R – 2022 Series Rookie

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

Second, third for Honda power at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

#28: Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport Honda
  • Romain Grosjean scores fourth-career NTT INDYCAR SERIES podium
  • Alex Palou finishes third for Chip Ganassi Racing to give Honda a double podium
  • Four different Honda-powered teams score top 10 finishes

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 10) – Romain Grosjean and Alex Palou both put their Honda-powered INDYCAR machines on the podium at today’s 47th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. 

Though the early stages of the race were dominated by Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta, the 2021 winner found himself in the third position after the first round of pit stops and unfortunately, later, made contact with the wall to end his race.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Palou would inherit the lead after jumping both Herta and Josef Newgarden on pit road during the first round of pit stops, and would maintain that position through the second stint. But in the second and final pit stop cycle, Palou would drop behind eventual-winner Newgarden. 

For Andretti Autosport #28 driver Romain Grosjean, starting from the sixth position after a crash at the end of Saturday’s qualifying, a combination of tire strategy and gusty on-track passes saw the Formula One veteran move through the field and, eventually, around Palou in the closing laps of the race for second place. 

Palou’s Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal, Andretti’s Alexander Rossi and Meyer Shank Racing’s Helio Castroneves also notched top 10 finishes today for Honda.

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Honda Race Results

  • 2nd Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 3rd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 6th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 7th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 8th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 9th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 15th Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 17th Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 18th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda [running]
  • 19th Simon Pageaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda [running]
  • 20th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 21st David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 22nd Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 23rd Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda [did not finish – contact]
  • 25th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda [did not finish – contact]

R – Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings (unofficial, after 3 of 17 rounds)

  • 1. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 118 points
  • 2. Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske 113
  • 3. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 103
  • 4. Will Power, Team Penske 102
  • 5. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing 83
  • 6. Roman Grosjean, Andretti Autosport 75

Quotes

Romain Grosjean (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) Finished 2nd: “It was a pretty good day out there! It’s a bummer we didn’t start P2, that would have made my day a lot easier. But, we had the right strategy, good pit stops, and pushed hard. The yellow [caution flag] really brought us back into the game and from there I made a couple of overtakes to get into second. Was just a little bit shy of getting the win today. Next time!” 

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Finished 3rd: “It was an exciting race! Started third, finished third, but a lot of things happened in that race. I think we did an amazing job with strategy on that first [pit] stop. We had to overtake Herta and Newgarden somehow, and we didn’t want to be at risk of any yellows, so we pitted early, really went for it and led some laps—that was amazing. But on the second stop, Josef got us there. It was a nice battle on track and another podium for us, so I’m feeling really confident for what’s ahead.” 

Kelvin Fu (Vice President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach: “The weekend started off really well with Colton getting pole. Today, it was a really tight race throughout and very exciting for the fans here at the track. We definitely have pace on street courses. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t put it all together for a win, but it was still a good result for Romain and for Alex. Thanks to everyone who came out to watch. It was a great crowd, there was a lot of excitement and we’re sorry we couldn’t deliver a victory in front of our home crowd!” 

Fast Facts

Honda-powered drivers and teams have won the Grand Prix of Long Beach 15 times in 22 appearances. This includes victories in eight of the last 13 races; and a seven-year victory streak from 1996-2002.

Launched in 1986 as the first Japanese luxury automotive brand, Acura is a leading nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. Both Acura and its American Honda parent have their U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California.

Next

The NTT IndyCar Series next heads to scenic Barber Motorsports Park, just outside of Birmingham, Alabama, for the May 1 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Honda Racing social media content and video links from the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach 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).

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying Report


#26: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda

Herta, Honda Claim the Pole for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

  • Defending race winner Colton Herta tops NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying on the streets of Long Beach
  • Defending series champion Alex Palou qualifies third in 26-car field
  • Alexander Rossi to start fifth, Romain Grosjean sixth as Honda drivers claim four of the “Fast Six” final qualifying positions

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 9, 2022) – Colton Herta, the popular hometown winner of last year’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, headed the time sheets in today’s qualifying action and will lead a 26-car field to the green flag in his Andretti Autosport Honda for Sunday’s third round of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Herta was the quickest of four Honda drivers to advance to the “Fast Six” final qualifying round on the streets of Long Beach, with defending series champion Alex Palou ending the session third in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Two other Andretti Autosport Hondas, driven by two-time Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi and Formula One veteran Romain Grosjean will start fifth and sixth, respectively.

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Honda Qualifying Results

  • 1st Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 3rd Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 5th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 6th Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 8th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 10th Simon Pageaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 13th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 14th Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  • 16th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  • 17th Devlin DeFrancesco-R Andretti Autosport Honda
  • 19th David Malukas-R Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda
  • 20th Christian Lundegaard-R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 21st Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  • 23rd Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  • 25th Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

Quotes

Colton Herta (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier, his first pole of 2022 and first pole at Long Beach, eighth career INDYCAR pole; defending race winner: “I’m super-happy with how qualifying went. The car is really good, Honda was spectacular and we’re starting from the best spot tomorrow. I’m thrilled to finally get a pole here. The reason I became an Indy car driver was because of this race. To get a win here last year was amazing, and we checked another box off today with the pole. It feels incredible.”

Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start third, defending series champion: ” “Qualifying was a good start to the weekend for us. We were working on the car all day today, changing [the car] a lot with the [changing weather] conditions. We were lacking a bit more with the cooler temperatures [today], but we made it happen. The ‘Fast Six’ was the target, so starting on the second row is really good for the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda car.”

Fast Facts

This weekend’s return of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to Southern California marks the third year of Acura title sponsorship of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, and the 47th running of North America’s oldest and most successful street circuit event.

Honda-powered drivers and teams have won the Grand Prix of Long Beach 15 times in 21 appearances. This includes victories in eight of the last 12 races; and a seven-year victory streak in Championship Auto Racing Teams competition, against multi-manufacturer competition, from 1996-2002.

Honda’s most recent Long Beach success was recorded last year by today’s pole qualifier, Colton Herta, a native of nearby Valencia, California.

Other Honda-powered winners at Long Beach include Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-98), Juan Pablo Montoya (1999), Paul Tracy (2000), Helio Castroneves (2001), Michael Andretti (his final Indy car victory, in 2002), Dario Franchitti (2009), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2010), Mike Conway (2011), Takuma Sato (2013), James Hinchcliffe (2017), and Alexander Rossi, who scored back-to-back Long Beach victories in 2018 and ’19.

Where to Watch the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Television coverage of Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach 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 in Long Beach 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 message points for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Long Beach, California
3 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 10
NBC and NBC Peacock
IndyCar Radio Network and SiriusXM

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

  • This weekend’s return of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to Southern California marks the third year of Acura title sponsorship of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, and the 47th running of North America’s oldest and most successful street circuit event.
  • Launched in 1986 as the first Japanese luxury automotive brand, Acura is a leading nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. Both Acura and its American Honda parent have their U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California.
  • In addition to the featured Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Sunday, Acura also will be featured in Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship race. Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing will each field an Acura ARX-05 prototype, and a pair of Acura NSX GT3 Evo22s will be run by Gradient Racing and Rick Ware Racing, respectively.

Honda at Long Beach

  • Honda-powered drivers and teams have won the Grand Prix of Long Beach 15 times in 21 appearances. This includes victories in eight of the last 12 races; and a seven-year victory streak in Championship Auto Racing Teams competition, against multi-manufacturer competition, from 1996-2002.
  • Honda’s most recent Long Beach success was recorded last year by rising star Colton Herta. The native of nearby Valencia, California returns with his Andretti Autosport team seeking to repeat that success in 2022.
  • Other Honda-powered winners at Long Beach include Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-98), Juan Pablo Montoya (1999), Paul Tracy (2000), Helio Castroneves (2001), Michael Andretti (his final Indy car victory, in 2002), Dario Franchitti (2009), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2010), Mike Conway (2011), Takuma Sato (2013), James Hinchcliffe (2017), and Alexander Rossi, who scored back-to-back Long Beach victories in 2018 and ’19.
  • Since its founding in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has grown from just a handful of staffers to more than 150 associates; and from an engine-rebuilding facility, focused on a single racing series, to a complete motorsports Research & Development organization, engaged in programs ranging from the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to grassroots and entry-level categories including karting, Quarter Midgets, club racing, Formula 4 and Formula 3. HPD is headquartered in Santa Clarita, 60 miles from Long Beach.

Where to Watch

2022 Honda NTT INDYCAR SERIES Lineup

Andretti Autosport

  • #26 Colton Herta (W)
  • #27 Alexander Rossi (W)
  • #28 Romain Grosjean
  • #29 Devlin DeFrancesco (R)

Chip Ganassi Racing

  • # 8 Marcus Ericsson (W)
  • # 9 Scott Dixon (C) (W)
  • #10 Alex Palou (C) (W)
  • #48 Jimmie Johnson

Dale Coyne Racing

  • with HMD Motorsports #18 David Malukas (R)
  • with Rick Ware Racing #51 Takuma Sato (W)

Meyer Shank Racing

  • #60 Simon Pagenaud (C) (W)
  • #06 Helio Castroneves (W)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

  • #15 Graham Rahal (W)
  • #30 Christian Lundgaard (R)
  • #45 Jack Harvey

C – IndyCar Series Champion W – Race Winner R – 2022 Series Rookie

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