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Dixon, Rossi To Lead Starting Field at Gateway

  Qualifying canceled after recurring rain showers, starting field set on championship points Championship leaders Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi Saturday night contest starts at 8 p.m. EDT   MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 24, 2018) – Intermittent showers throughout the day Friday at Gateway Motorsports Park led Verizon IndyCar Series officials to cancel qualifying for Saturday’s…

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Honda IndyCar Series Message Points for Gateway

Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois 7 p.m. EDT Saturday, August 25, 2018 NBC Sports Network IMS Radio Network Live Stream and Broadcast MANUFACTURER COMPETITION Honda comes to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, having scored nine victories from 14 races in 2018, and holds a 283-point lead the…

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Rossi Dominates Crash-Marred Pocono Run

  Alexander Rossi leads 180 of 200 laps, scores third IndyCar Series win of 2018 Gains ground on fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon in championship battle Early multi-car crash injures Robert Wickens LONG POND, Penn. (August 18, 2019) – Already a winner of one 500-mile race – the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500…

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Honda IndyCar Series Pocono Message Points

ABC Supply Co. Inc. 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania 1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, August 19, 2018 NBC Sports Network IMS Radio Network Live Stream and Broadcast MANUFACTURER COMPETITION   Honda comes to Pocono Raceway, and the ABC Supply Co. Inc. 500, having scored eight victories from 13 races in 2018, and has a 242-point…

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Rossi Dominates Honda Indy 200

Rossi Dominates Honda Indy 200

  • Alexander Rossi scores second victory of 2018, climbs to second in drivers’ title fight
  • Robert Wickens completes 1-2 finish for Honda
  • Third consecutive IndyCar Series victory for Honda, eighth win of 2018
  • Multiple battles highlight race, including Sebastien Bourdais’ charge from 24th to sixth 

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 29, 2018) – Alexander Rossi and his Honda-powered Andretti Autosport crew successfully pulled off a two-pit stop strategy Sunday to win the Honda Indy 200.  Rossi’s second victory of the season moves him to second in the Drivers’ Championship after 13 of 17 races, 46 points behind fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon (494-448), who finished fifth today.

While several teams and drivers started today’s race looking to complete the 90-lap distance on just two fuel stops, all but Rossi were forced to switch to a three-stop strategy as the multiple fights for position intensified throughout the contest.  Rossi, however, was able to remain clear of most of the individual battles, enabling him to pull out a 12.8285-second victory over Robert Wickens at the checkers.  Rossi’s fourth career Indy car victory was also the third time he has won from the pole, with the others coming at Watkins Glen in 2017 and at the Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this year.

A large crowd, including approximately 11,000 Honda associates from multiple central Ohio Honda facilities, filled the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio road circuit as multiple battles raged throughout the 24-car starting field.  

Wickens caught and passed the Team Penske duo of Josef Newgarden and Will Power, as well as Ryan Hunter-Reay, to make it a 1-2 finish for Honda.  Dixon fought his way from ninth to fifth, and continues to be the man to beat for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship; while Sebastien Bourdais once again thrilled with multiple passes to finish sixth after starting 24th and last due to a crash in qualifying.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series activities at Mid-Ohio are available on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

The Verizon IndyCar Series now takes two weeks off before the final super-speedway race of the 2017 season, the August 19 ABC Supply Co., Inc. Pocono 500, at the unique, 2.5-mile tri-oval Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started first, finished first, second win of 2018 and fourth career Indy car victory: “It’s what we needed.  We said coming into this weekend that we had to execute for five weekends in a row. This is the start of that, hopefully.  It was great [pit stop] strategy. We knew we could two-stop if we committed early and that’s what we did.  We’re thinking about [the championship], but we’re also focused on just race wins. We’ll take a very well-deserved break before Pocono.  We’ve been strong there the last two years and just try to do [there] what we did today.”

Robert Wickens (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) Started fifth, finished second, fourth podium finish of 2018 and seventh top-five result: “We stuck to our guns, and I thought our [three pit stop] strategy worked well. The problem is, on my third stint, I just got stuck in a whole gaggle of [slower] cars. Unfortunately, they were on reds [Firestone softer compound, alternate tires] and I was on ‘blacks’ [more durable, but slightly slower, primary tires].  I couldn’t make it through, and just lost loads of time. I was probably losing about a second a lap for a good 10-15 laps. It’s unfortunate. Nevertheless, the Lucas Oil car went from fifth on the grid to finish second, so I can’t complain.”

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda IndyCar Series win at Mid-Ohio: “It’s always fun to win your ‘home’ race.  It’s gratifying when you have both the fuel save and non-fuel save strategies covered, as we did today.  Alex [Rossi] showed amazing pace while saving fuel and, if not for getting hung up in the middle of the race, Robert [Wickens] would likely have been nipping at this heels at the end.  Congratulations to both teams for successfully executing very different approaches today.  With four races remaining, continuing to win is the way we’re going to win the [IndyCar Manufacturers’] Championship.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200

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

2017 Winner: Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 114.677 mph average

Weather: Mostly cloudy, mild, 76 degrees F

Rossi, Honda Claim Pole in Mid-Ohio Qualifying

Rossi, Honda Claim Pole in Mid-Ohio Qualifying Alexander Rossi will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 Third pole of 2018 for Rossi Ryan Hunter-Reay to start third, Robert Wickens fifith for Honda   LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 28, 2018) – Alexander Rossi took his Andretti Autosport Honda to the pole…

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Hunter-Reay, Honda Head Indy Car Field at Mid-Ohio

  Ryan Hunter-Reay tops the time charts in opening day of practice for Honda Indy 200 Sebastien Bourdais leads morning practice sessions for Honda, sixth overall Local favorite Graham Rahal runs third   LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 27, 2018) – Ryan Hunter-Reay headed the time sheets in the second – and generally quicker – of two…

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Honda IndyCar Series Mid-Ohio Message Points

Honda Indy 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 29, 2018 NBC Sports Network IMS Radio Network Live Stream and Broadcast MANUFACTURER COMPETITION   Honda comes to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Honda Indy 200 having scored seven victories from 12 races in 2018, and leads the Verizon…

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Dixon, Honda Win in Toronto

  Scott Dixon scores his third victory of 2018 at the Honda Indy Toronto, extends championship lead Hometown favorites Robert Wickens finishes third, James Hinchcliffe fourth Honda records seventh Indy car win of the season TORONTO, Ont., Canada (July 15, 2018) – Continuing his mid-season charge towards a possible fifth championship, Scott Dixon took control…

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Front-Row Start for Dixon, Honda at Toronto

Front-Row Start for Dixon, Honda at Toronto Scott Dixon qualifies second for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay also advance to final qualifying round Sporadic rain, changing track conditions challenge teams and drivers TORONTO, Ont., Canada (July 14, 2018) – Sporadic light rain showers and the resulting ever-changing track conditions threw constant challenges…

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