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INDYCAR: Laguna Seca Race Report

Palou Wins Season Finale, Dixon 3rd in Championship

Alex Palou drove the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda to victory lane in historic fashion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca today. Palou set a new INDYCAR SERIES track record with a margin of victory of 30.3812 seconds. This was also the greatest margin of victory in any race throughout the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. 
 
Palou joins Jimmy Vasser (1997) and Alex Zanardi (1996) as the third Chip Ganassi Racing driver to win a series race at Laguna Seca. 
 
Palou earned his 4th career victory in the series with Chip Ganassi Racing, all coming in road course races. Today’s win marks the 244th all-time victory for Chip Ganassi Racing, and the 123rd in the INDYCAR SERIES. 
 
Scott Dixon recorded a P12 finish in today’s race, placing 3rd in the points leaderboard on the year. Dixon has now finished in the top-3 in points in 14 of his 22 INDYCAR SERIES seasons (64%). 
 
Dixon made history today by becoming the first driver in series history to finish 100% of the possible laps in multiple seasons (2022, 2020). 
 
2022 Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson wrapped up a stellar season with a top-10 finish and placed 6th in the final season standings.   
 
Jimmie Johnson piloted the No. 48 Carvana Honda to a P16 finish, matching a career-best on a road or street course race (2022: Mid-Ohio).



Alex Palou – 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Winner

Race Results
P1 -Alex Palou No. 10 NTT DATA Honda
P9 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda
P12 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
P16 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda


2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Season Standings
P3 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (521)
P5 – Alex Palou, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda (510)
P6 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda (506)
P21 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda (214)

Alex Palou – No. 10 NTT Data Honda
“What a way to end the year with a win. We’ve had a lot of pace in certain races but today was just phenomenal. We did absolutely everything right. Since the warm-up, I felt very confident, though I had no idea we would be that much stronger than the competitors. We had amazing pit stops, the strategy was perfect and got a huge win for the No. 10 NTT DATA car.”  

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda
“It was a tough race. We fought hard out there and gave everything but just not good enough. A very disappointing end of the season. Proud of the 8 car crew and Chip Ganassi Racing, they’ve done a tremendous job all year. Big thanks to them and congrats to Alex on the win today.”

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
“As a group effort, everybody did a hell of a job this season. We finished every lap this year which is definitely a huge milestone in itself. That’s kudos to the team but also to our partners too, with Honda and HPD and the effort that goes into to making it all possible. We’ll keep we’ll keep after it and we know exactly what we need to do in the offseason. Massive thanks to NTT and everyone involved, big thank to PNC Bank and everybody on this team who have worked so hard across all four teams. It’s been a pleasure and a very proud moment to be a part of this team. Congratulations to Alex on winning the last race. He did a hell of a job today and it was good to see that side of the team get a win.”

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda
“It’s been an amazing year with so many awesome experiences. Leading in the Indianapolis 500, running a full season, another year with this great team, another year with my great partners to make this all happen. My heart is full. I wish I had a little more pace on some of these tracks but that’s part of this journey I’m on. I love this racetrack and I’m so happy to finish on a high note. That wass probably the most competitive I’ve been on a road course in passing cars and racing hard. We had some issues at the start of the race, and I had to drop back about 10 to 15 seconds after contact with the No. 4 car and to fight back from that and end up in 16th is really a great way to finish the race and to finish the season.”

INDYCAR: CGR Enters Season Finale Seeking 3rd Consecutive Title

CGR Enters Season Finale Seeking 3rd Consecutive Title

Chip Ganassi Racing wrapped up qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey today, where Alex Palou secured a team high P5 starting position in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda. 
 
Championship contenders Marcus Ericsson (P10) and Scott Dixon (P13) will start from the middle of the pack tomorrow but have shown a superb ability to navigate traffic this season. 
 
Ericsson and Dixon are tied for the most positions gained (+44) from the start to finish of road course races throughout the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. 
 
CGR is seeking their third consecutive INDYCAR SERIES title and their 15th all-time. If Dixon or Ericsson were to hoist the Astor Cup after Sunday’s race, the team will have claimed two-thirds (10-of-15) of the series championships since the reunification of the series in 2008.

Qualifying Results
P1 – Will Power, No. 12 Chevy (1:11.6127)
P5 – Alex Palou, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda (1:12.1625)
P10 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda (1:12.1359)
P13 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (1:12.1722)
P25 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda (1:13.4172)

 
Practice 2 Results
P1 – Alex Palou, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda (1:11.3847)
P6 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (1:11.9192)
P20 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda (1:12.7757)
P24 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda (1:13.2065)


Alex Palou – No. 10 NTT Data Honda
“I was happy to be in the Fast 6. We struggled a little bit in the first qualifying with the reds, but it was enough to advance. In Q2, I felt we were quite strong, but then we had a bit of an issue once it went green in the Fast 6. We had saved a brand-new set of Firestone blacks, which we thought was the right choice to go for pole position, but it wasn’t in the cards. Hoping to get the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda in victory lane tomorrow, plus we still have two drivers in title contention, so we’ll look to get it done.”

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda
“It was a pretty messy session there, Q1 and Q2, to be honest. Suddenly, we had just the one lap in Q1, but it was enough to advance. Unfortunately, on our Q2 lap, we were catching those cars on preparation laps, and it became difficult because you don’t know what they will do in front of you while you stay on your racing line. I think it is going to be a bit of a strategy game tomorrow with the tires and it will be interesting to see how that plays out. We are in this race, and I am pretty confident about it. I think we can definitely have a good result from where we are starting from.”

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
“We’re starting right in the middle there. Strategy I think will be key tomorrow. I think we’ve seen a lot of people go off track and cautions could be coming. The start is always interesting here and then also with tire degradation, especially with the reds, it’s definitely going to be a different race than last year. It’s never over until it’s over.”

Up next for Chip Ganassi Racing is the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on Sunday, September 11 at 2:40 PM ET on NBC and Peacock. You can also follow the action all weekend with the INDYCAR App powered by NTT Data
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Monterey  I  California

95 LAPS | 212.61 MILES
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a paved road racing track used for both auto racing and motorcycle racing, originally constructed in 1957 near both Salinas and Monterey, California, USA. The current racetrack is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) in length with a 300 foot (91 m) elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous “Corkscrew” at Turns 8 and 8A. The name Laguna Seca is Spanish for “dry lake”. The area where the track is was originally a lake. The course was originally built around the lake, which has since dried up entirely. An artificial pond has since been added.

Chip Ganassi Racing Gears Up at Laguna Seca

The team turned their first laps of the weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca today as Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson make their push for a third consecutive championship for the team.

Practice 1 Results
P1 – Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Chevy (1:11.4103)
P10 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda (1:12.0803)
P14 – Alex Palou, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda (1:12.3102)
P17 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (1:12.3911)
P25 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda (1:13.9251)

 

The Astor Challenge Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Course

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda
“I’m hoping it’s going to be a high degradation race. Usually, our team and myself are pretty good at that type of race. The tires seem to degrade quite quickly here. It was the same at the test and here during practice. I think in the race, as a driver, you have to think about how you’re going to get the stint length you want. If you have a car, and a driver that can take care of the tires, I think you can move up through the field. We’ll see how it is on race day when there will be more rubber on the track and a change in the temperature.”

Alex Palou – No. 10 NTT Data Honda
“Practice done here at Laguna. Always nice to be back. A bit sad that it’s the last practice 1 that we do this year. We started really good this session. Didn’t really get the lap we wanted on reds but performance on the car is good. Back to how we felt at the test. We’re going to try some stuff for practice 2 tomorrow and get ready for qualifying.”

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
“We came with a pretty different setup than what we did at the test. We just wanted to try a few different things. We could see that the 8 car already backed up on some of those, so it looked like he moved in a positive direction. Still, all of us outside the top 10 is not ideal. We’ll work out of here and see make what we can make out of it. It’s going to be a pretty high degradation race.”

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda
“Certainly not the way I wanted to start the weekend. You’re moving so fast around this racetrack, especially into turn 6, I had a little bobble and I had to catch the car. By the time I caught it the turn was by me and off into the gravel trap I went. Some light contact into the outside wall and barriers. Nothing that’s really going to affect us too much, just lost a bit of practice time. I feel like we made some good changes leading into that outing through the course of the session and look forward to being on track again tomorrow.”

Up next for Chip Ganassi Racing is the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on Sunday, September 11 at 2:40 PM ET on NBC and Peacock. You can also follow the action all weekend with the INDYCAR App powered by NTT Data
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Monterey  I  California

95 LAPS | 212.61 MILES
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a paved road racing track used for both auto racing and motorcycle racing, originally constructed in 1957 near both Salinas and Monterey, California, USA. The current racetrack is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) in length with a 300 foot (91 m) elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous “Corkscrew” at Turns 8 and 8A. The name Laguna Seca is Spanish for “dry lake”. The area where the track is was originally a lake. The course was originally built around the lake, which has since dried up entirely. An artificial pond has since been added.

NDYCAR: Dixon, Ericsson Seek 15th INDYCAR Title for CGR at Laguna Seca Finale

Chip Ganassi Racing enters the final race of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with two drivers in contention for the championship in Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson.

CGR arrives to the final race weekend on the year seeking their 15th INDYCAR SERIES title. As it stands, the team’s 14 championships are the 2nd-most among any team in series history.

The team has earned enormous success since the reunification of the series in 2008, winning 9 of the past 14 titles in that span. If either Dixon or Ericsson were to win the championship on Sunday, CGR would claim two-thirds (10-of-15) of the total titles in that time. 

Chip Ganassi Racing is also looking to become the first team to win three consecutive series championships since they won four straight themselves from 2008 to 2011 (2008: Dixon; 2009-11: Franchitti). 

Just 20 points from the top of the standings, Scott Dixon is looking to tie A.J. Foyt’s all-time record with a 7th career INDYCAR SERIES championship.

If Dixon and the No. 9 PNC Bank team were to hoist the Astor Cup this weekend, it would mark the same span of seasons from his 1st to 7th title as Foyt (19 seasons: 2003-22; Foyt: 1960-79). Dixon won his first title at 23 years old in 2003. If he wins his 7th title on Sunday, it will come 18 years, 10 months and 30 days (6,909 total days) since his first. 

Marcus Ericsson is looking to become the 7th driver to win an INDYCAR SERIES championship with Chip Ganassi Racing (Alex Palou; Scott Dixon; Dario Franchitti; Juan Pablo Montoya; Alex Zanardi; Jimmy Vasser). If Ericsson were to win the series title, he would become the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series championship in the same season since Dario Franchitti accomplished the feat with CGR in 2010. 

An Ericsson series championship would also make Chip Ganassi Racing the first team in series history to ever win three consecutive championships with three different drivers. 

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for just the third time since the reunification of the series. Chip Ganassi Racing registered podium finishes in both of those races, with Alex Palou securing a P2 finish in 2021 and ScottDixon placing P3 in 2019.

Get Up To Speed

  • With another top-5 finish, Scott Dixon (192) will match Mario Andretti’s all-time INDYCAR SERIES record of 193 top-5 finishes. 
  • Dixon has led 6,520 laps in his career, the 4th-most in INDYCAR SERIES history (Mario Andretti: 7,595; Michael Andretti: 6,692; A.J. Foyt: 6,621). 
  • Ericsson has recorded the 2nd-most on-track passes (275; Newgarden: 277) this season, while Dixon (242) has executed the 4th-most on-track passes (O’Ward: 254). 
  • Alex Palou and the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda enter this weekend boasting the 2nd-highest average qualifying position (4.5) on road courses this season (O’Ward: 3.7).
  • Jimmie Johnson will conclude his first full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES season in the No. 48 Carvana Honda this weekend. Last season at the track, he broke through and secured a P17 finish after starting in P25. His net gain of +8 positions from the start to finish of the race was tied for the 3rd-most among the field (Grosjean: +10; Newgarden: +10).
  • Chip Ganassi Racing drivers rank 2-3-4 in terms of average finishing position this season (Power: 6.1; Dixon: 6.4; Ericsson: 8.0; Palou: 8.4). 

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 Huski Chocolate

“We’re back in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate car for Laguna in the final race of the year. We want to go out strong. We still have a chance in the championship, so all we can do is go there to win the race and see where things shake out. I’m excited and feel like we’re going to have a strong package there after our test a week ago. I’m really looking forward to it and want to finish this year strong. A win would be nice; that’s what we’re aiming for.”

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda

“For us, we set out two goals and we won the Indianapolis 500 with Marcus, which was tremendous, and then definitely top off the season with a 7th championship would be crazy. We’ll do all that we can. It is definitely going to be a tough race with Laguna Seca. Degradation is probably going to be very high. The race should be exciting and probably pretty tough to see who the final winner is going to be. We’ll see what we’ve got; we can only try.”

Alex Palou – No. 10 NTT Data Honda

“Unfortunately, Portland wasn’t the best for us. We qualified really well and then we had some issues during the race. We are out, unfortunately, of the championship contention, but can’t wait to finish this year strong. Hopefully, we can get that first win of the season. We’ll enjoy the last race and will be rocking the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda car and will try to put it on victory lane.”

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda

“Fired up to be in Laguna. It has always been a bucket list track. I’ve tested there a couple of times now and have also competed last year. It’s such a marquee event and a track that has always been on my hit list. Ultimately, I want to build on my great performance I had there last year and looking forward to some great California weather.”

Dixon Earns Podium in Portland, Enters Season Finale in Title Contention with Ericsson

Scott Dixon executed the most on-track passes (13) of any driver in the field today and registered a team high P3 finish at the Grand Prix of Portland. Dixon and the No. 9 PNC Bank team also gained more positions than anyone in the field from the start to finish of the race (+13 positions after starting in P16).
 
Dixon notched his 131st career podium finish, which ranks 2nd all-time across INDYCAR SERIES history (Mario Andretti: 144). This is also the 322nd all-time podium for Chip Ganassi Racing in the INDYCAR SERIES.
 
Chip Ganassi Racing will head to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale with both Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson in contention for the championship. 
 
Scott Dixon enters the final race of the year with a chance to win the championship for the 12th time in his 22 career INDYCAR SERIES seasons.

Photo Courtesy of Chip Ganassi Racing

Race Results
P1 – Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 Chevy
P3 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
P11 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 PNC Bank Honda
P12 – Alex Palou, No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda
P24 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda

2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Points Leaderboard
P1 – No. 12 Will Power (523) 
P3* – No. 9 Scott Dixon (503)
P4 – No. 8 Marcus Ericsson (484)
P6 – No. 10 Alex Palou (457)
P22 – Jimmie Johnson (200)

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
“That was definitely a fun race. We’ve got to work on qualifying and stop making it so difficult on us. The PNC Bank No. 9 had pretty good pace throughout the race today. The fuel mileage was exceptionally easy, which was a huge positive. The drivability was fantastic, so kudos to Honda as it made my day a lot easier. We’re still in the title hunt and we can definitely get this.”

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 PNC Bank Honda
“Starting from 18th, it was going to be a difficult task. On lap one, I unfortunately got off-track and lost a few spots which was not ideal. From there on, I think the No. 8 PNC Bank crew did a good job to get us back up there in the field. We tried a few things with the strategy to get off-sequence. When we were in free air, we were really strong. The pace was pretty good in the No. 8 car. We made some good calls and made our way back up. On the re-start, we started from 16th and made our way to 11th and really showed our potential. It’s a bit disappointing result but it was a decent race.”

Alex Palou – No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda
“Starting fourth, we were running okay in the beginning and then lost a bit of pace. We’ll check on what went on today and recover next week in Laguna. We still have one race to go, and we will try to win it.”

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda
“We were just unfortunate today. Didn’t have the pace that I was looking for today. With the sun being out today, I don’t think the set-up in the car correctly compared to yesterday’s sessions. I was just trying to be polite and make my way around the track at the end, but unfortunately the No. 21 did a fade in the braking zone into Turn 1 after I gave him the position. We made some contact which put us in the wall and took us out.” 

INDYCAR: CGR Secures Second-Row Start in Portland

Chip Ganassi Racing Secures Second-Row Start in Portland

Alex Palou piloted the No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda to the Fast 6 in qualifying today at Portland International Raceway. Palou and the No. 10 crew boast the 2nd-highest average qualifying position (4.5) on road courses this season (O’Ward: 3.7).

Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon will look to continue their success in navigating traffic in the PNC Bank Hondas, as they rank 1st (+37) and 2nd (+31) in terms of most positions gained from the start to finish in road course races this season. 

Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Carvana team improved on their best lap time across Practice 1, Practice 2 and Qualifying, and will look to continue their momentum in the Grand Prix of Portland tomorrow afternoon.

Qualifying Results
P1 – Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 Chevy (58.2349)
P5* – Alex Palou, No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda (58.5075)
P16 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (58.2628)
P18 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 PNC Bank Honda (58.3064)
P23 – Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda (59.1933)

 *will start P4 tomorrow because of grid penalty on No. 2 car

Practice 2 Results
P1 – Will Power, No. 12 Chevy (58.3946)
P7 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (58.7696)
P13 – Alex Palou, No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda (58.9023)
P15 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 PNC Bank Honda (59.0013)
P24 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda (59.8229)

Warm-up Results
P1 – Alexander Rossi, No. 27 Honda (59.0532)
P3 – Alex Palou, No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda (59.2196)
P5 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (59.2731)
P19 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 PNC Bank Honda (59.8543)
P25 – Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda (1:00.6663)


Alex Palou – No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda
“We improved a lot between practice sessions yesterday and today. We’re super happy to put that No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants car in the Fast 6. We’re starting P4 tomorrow and we’ll try to make a few tweaks so the car will be ready to win on Sunday.”

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
“The balance was a bit different from this morning because we made a couple changes. But we were just low on grip out there on the reds. Frustrating day, but we’ll get to work and be ready for tomorrow.”

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 PNC Bank Honda
“The PNC Bank Honda felt pretty good, to be honest. We’ve struggled a bit in practice, so we’ve been chasing things with the car. I thought the No. 8 PNC Bank team helped get a good car out there for qualifying. It was a huge improvement, and we were closer to the fastest cars. It just wasn’t enough today, but we will re-group and look for a great result tomorrow.”

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda
“I wish I was higher up on the grid, but all in all, it was a really big pick-up for me this weekend with a much faster lap time than I’ve ever had before. I’m learning and making steps in the right direction. It’s just so tough to get up there in that midfield group with the lap times being so close together. But I’m having a great time and the No. 48 Carvana team is making great strides.”

Chip Ganassi Racing Turns First Laps in Portland

The four Chip Ganassi Racing drivers got their first taste of Portland International Raceway in 2022 in the opening practice session today. 
 
Practice was halted for 1 hour and 20 minutes due to a big screen posing a potential danger near the start-finish line. The CGR team then returned to the track to continue in their preparation for the Grand Prix of Portland.

Practice 1 Results
P1 – Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Chevy (58.5769)
P9 – Alex Palou, No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda (58.9988)
P11 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (59.0325)
P16 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 PNC Bank Honda (59.2860)
P24 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda (1:00.2741)


Alex Palou – No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda
“It was a crazy practice with lots of red and yellow flags. We are missing a bit of pace, but we have plenty of track time tomorrow before qualifying to try and get it to the limit. It was a good start and we’ll get the car dialed in for tomorrow.”

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
“It was an interesting first session. There was a big delay there with the big screen and then there were about four or five reds. Didn’t really get a good first run; felt like the car had good pace and then struggled a bit on reds over-adjusting the car. I think we’re right there around the top five. There are definitely some quick cars on-track and we’ve got some work to do tonight.”

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 PNC Bank Honda
“I think it was a pretty decent session, but it was quite messy. It was hard to get into a rhythm, but the good thing was that we got to our testing program and got some good reads on the car. We have some data to look over and learn for tomorrow. Overall, I have a quite positive feeling and it is my birthday. Driving a race car on your birthday is pretty cool. Really looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda
“It was an interesting first practice today. That was the first time I had seen a television set keep us from being on-track safely. Thankfully, they figured out a solution and got us back out there for more laps. I felt really good at the end of the session. Looking forward to making a few changes and getting back out there tomorrow.”

INDYCAR: CGR Chases Championship in Portland with Two Races To Go

Race fans are set to experience a taste of the wild, wild west this weekend, as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES embarks on the first of their final two races in 2022. Chip Ganassi Racing will first take on the field at Portland International Raceway before shifting to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca the ensuing weekend.

Chip Ganassi Racing boasts three drivers in the top-five of the points standings, which is separated by just 43 points, and will look to have a champion emerge from this West Coast shootout. 

The 2022 season will conclude with two road course races, which is great news for the three Ganassi contenders. Ericsson (6.9), Dixon (7.5) and Palou (8.1) rank 1-2-3 in average finishing positions at road course tracks over the past two seasons. 

Palou has been quite productive in qualifying sessions at road courses this season as well, boasting the 2nd-best (4.4; O’Ward: 3.2) average starting position among the field.

Meanwhile, EricssonDixon and Jimmie Johnson have displayed an impressive ability to navigate traffic and make up ground on race day. 

Alex Palou, piloting the No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda in Portland, returns as the defending race winner. He won from pole position in 2021, joining Alex Zanardi (1998, 1996) as CGR race-winners at the track. 

Get Up To Speed

  • Scott Dixon finished P3 at the 2021 Grand Prix of Portland, leading 4 laps (laps 40-42 and 79) in the race.
  • Dixon has led 6,520 laps in his career, the 4th-most in INDYCAR SERIES history (Mario Andretti: 7,595; Michael Andretti: 6,692; A.J. Foyt: 6,621). 
  • Dixon boasts 191 all-time top-5 finishes, 2nd-most in INDYCAR SERIES history (Mario Andretti: 193).
  • Ericsson has recorded the 2nd-most on-track passes (265; Newgarden: 270) and the 2nd-most position passes (160; Grosjean: 164) of any driver in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
  • Ericsson will look to re-gain the points lead and become the first driver to win both the Indianapolis 500 and the series championship in the same season since Dario Franchitti in 2010. 
  • If Marcus Ericsson were to secure the Astor Cup, Chip Ganassi Racing would become the first team to ever win three consecutive season championships all with different drivers.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing drivers rank 2-3-4 in terms of average finishing position this season (Power: 6.4; Dixon: 6.6; Ericsson: 7.8; Palou: 8.2) 

Marcus Ericsson – No. 8 PNC Bank Honda 

“Portland coming up. Two races to go and it’s coming down to the wire in the championship. I’m really excited for this one. It’s a fun track, fun place to come to and a track where we’ve been strong previously. It’s going to be fun to be in the PNC colors this weekend. I’m looking forward to a big result to bring on the championship fight in Laguna next weekend.”

Scott Dixon – No. 9 PNC Bank Honda

“I’m really looking forward to Portland. It was a great track for us last year with qualifying and then the race. It’s definitely a tricky circuit, especially with Turn 1 and how that plays out, but strategy here in Portland can be pretty interesting each year with an early or late caution where the field can be flipped. You’ve got to be on your toes. Obviously, there’s a lot on the line with the 8, 9 and 10 in the championship. We’re hoping for great things and would love to get my first win here in Portland.”

Alex Palou – No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda

“It’s the last two races of the season here on the West Coast and I’m super excited. Last year, we had a good couple of races here. Portland was just amazing with my first pole in INDYCAR. And then when I won it felt amazing to go on and take the championship in 2021. We tested earlier this week in Laguna, and it was really good. All the Chip Ganassi Racing cars ran fast and hopefully we learned a lot that we can also implement in Portland. We’ll be running the Ridgeline car that we ran at Iowa, and it was really great looking on track. I’m just trying to get this championship. It’s going to be hard. But I think if we focus on ourselves, and we try and maximize the opportunities we have on track, we still have a shot. We’ll give it our all.”

Jimmie Johnson – No. 48 Carvana Honda

“It’s race weekend here in Portland and I’m excited for another shot in the Carvana Honda. I’m going back to a track that I really enjoyed driving at last year. I’m feeling good with the car and glad that I got some extra laps this week at the test in Laguna Seca and some added experience heading into a race weekend. So excited for it. Looking forward to being in the Pacific Northwest, it’s such a beautiful area of the country. I can’t wait to get out there and get racing.”

WOMEN IN MOTORSPORTS POWERED BY PNC BANK WITH CHIP GANASSI RACING OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR 2023 INTERN CLASS

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept.1, 2022) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and PNC Bank today announced the open application window for the 2023 Women in Motorsports internship program. 

The program, which is designed to support the next generation of women to succeed as engineers, mechanics, entrepreneurs and in other motorsports-related careers, is entering its second year. College students from around the country have until Sept. 30, 2022 to apply for the fully-funded program set for summer 2023.  

Women in Motorsports was launched in March as part of PNC’s national commitment to drive awareness and support for gender equality and economic inclusion for women in the workforce. The initiative is led by a group of mentors at CGR that includes Angela Ashmore, a race engineer who recently became the first female crew member to be part of an Indianapolis 500 winning team.

“This program gives young women a chance to experience motorsports firsthand, to use their knowledge in a highly competitive industry and see what a team-first organization is all about,” said Ashmore. “We had the pleasure of working with some amazing women this summer and are fortunate that a few are staying on while finishing their studies.”

”We are excited to be able to bring the internship back and provide more young women the opportunity to get this hands-on experience next summer,” said Debbie Guild, PNC head of Enterprise Technology and Security. “We are working closely with the team on new ways to enhance the program and share learnings with everyone. I had the privilege of spending time with the women in this year’s inaugural class and was proud to hear of their progress and excitement. I also think you’re seeing similar programs now as a result of our success and the coverage we’ve received. We’re looking forward to making this program even stronger for 2023 and creating more interest and opportunity in the sport.”

Interns will be fully integrated into CGR’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams, including six-time champion Scott Dixon and the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda crew. With projects ranging from engine builds and electronic design in the team’s Indianapolis headquarters, to race day duties and performance modifications at tracks across the country, the internship class will be able to use this opportunity as a launchpad toward a career in motorsports.

To learn more and apply for the 2023 Women in Motorsports internship program, please visit ChipGanassiRacing.com/wim2023.

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful and innovative owners in motorsports. Today, his teams include four Honda cars in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, two Cadillac DPi’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and one GMC HUMMER EV in Extreme E. Overall, his teams have 21 championships and more than 240 victories, including five wins in the Indianapolis 500, eight Rolex 24 At Daytona victories, and wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts a state-of-the-art facility in Indianapolis, where INDYCAR, IMSA and Extreme E teams are located, and a corporate office in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit www.chipganassiracing.com

Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race Reports

Three Chip Ganassi Racing drivers finish in the top-10 of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 today

A two-hour weather delay halted the race on lap 217 of 260 before a shootout under the lights ensued with a dramatic finish. Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson remain within 14 and 17 points from the top of the championship standings, respectively, while defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou sits in striking distance with a 43-point deficit. 

Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Carvana team gained 7 positions from start to finish of today’s race, marking the third-greatest improvement of any driver in the field.

Final Results
P1 – Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Chevy
P7 – Marcus Ericsson, No. 8 Bryant Honda 
P8 – Scott Dixon, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda
P9 – Alex Palou, No. 10 The American Legion Honda
P14 – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Carvana Honda

2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Points Leaderboard
P1 – No. 12 Will Power (482)    
P3 – No. 9 Scott Dixon (468)
P4 – No. 8 Marcus Ericsson (465)
P5 – No. 10 Alex Palou (439)
P22 – No. 48 Jimmie Johnson (194)

Marcus Ericsson
No. 8 Bryant Honda

“It was an interesting race. I think we started off really well running up front and then throughout the race, we were just dropping back a little bit stint by stint. We’ll need to analyze things to see why, but it felt like the car was pretty good. We were just struggling a bit to keep up the pace and some of our pit sequences didn’t fall our way. We took a bit of a gamble and pitted under yellow at the restart of the race and had to push really hard at the end, which was really fun to try to overtake a lot of cars. Fortunately, we got it back to seventh, but the Bryant Ganassi car was good all weekend. We’re still in the mix and looking forward to the final two races.”

Scott Dixon
No. 9 PNC Bank Honda

“Average night. We just really struggled to get on a roll. Any kind of undercut or whatever we tried we got blocked into a lapped traffic scenario. Definitely frustrating. We missed a valuable pit stop I think on one of the cautions which maybe would have changed it, maybe not. The No. 9 PNC Bank team did a hell of a job, the pit stops were awesome all night. It came out okay, we’re still 14 points out of the championships and with two races to go we’re definitely in it.”

Alex Palou 
No. 10 The American Legion Honda

“It was a long day for sure for us with the rain delay but finished P9 with the No. 10 American Legion. I think we had a car for a little bit more. Things didn’t fall our way, but we’re still in the hunt. The championship is really close and we’re heading to the West Coast where we were quite strong last year with chances to win. We need to focus on ourselves, try to win the last two races of the year and try to get this championship back home again.”

Jimmie Johnson
No. 48 Carvana Honda

“I’m really excited about my first race here in an INDYCAR in St. Louis. With all the ovals we’ve run this year, I did not have a chance to come here and test. It takes some time to get up to speed and get going. About midway through today’s race, it finally clicked for me, and I was able to move forward. After the rain delay, I felt pretty racey and it was just about confidence. I think I had a car capable of running in the top five or top ten; it’s just about me understanding how to drive around this track and I finally got there.”

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