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Acura Team Penske Dominates at Laguna Seca

  • Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya lead 1-2 finish for Acura
  • Acura unofficially clinches 2019 IMSA Manufacturers’ Championship
  • Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen take their Acura NSX GT3 Evo to sixth in GTD

Acura Team Penske swept today’s IMSA Monterey Grand Prix, dominating the two-hour, 40-minute contest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca as Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya scored their third victory of the season and a 1-2 result for Acura. The result unofficially clinches the Manufacturers’ Championship for Acura, while Cameron and Montoya neared the drivers’ title.

In GTD, Katherine Legge and co-driver Christina Nielsen led the Acura NSX GT3 Evo effort, finishing sixth for Heinricher/Meyer Shank Racing; while teammates Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman closed on the GTD Drivers’ Championship following an eighth-place finish.

All championships will be formally decided in the season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, October 10-12.

Acura Team Penske ARX-05

Starting from the pole, Ricky Taylor took the #7 Acura ARX-05 prototype to an early lead, with teammate Montoya close behind. Near the end of the first hour, the pair swapped positions in traffic, with Cameron now at the wheel of the #6 Acura Team Penske entry.

Except for pit stops, the #6 Acura led the rest of the way for the third win of the season for Cameron and Montoya, and their seventh consecutive podium finish. They now hold a 12-point lead in the DPi Drivers’ Championship, and will secure the title with a finish of eighth or better at the season-ending Petit Le Mans 10-hour race in October.

With an eight-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship, Acura will officially claim the title at the season finale next month.

After fending off a mid-race challenge from the Cadillac prototype of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande, Ricky Taylor and co-driver Helio Castroneves came home second to complete the 1-2 finish for Acura, moving the pair to third in the drivers’ title chase with one race remaining.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo

In GTD, Christina Nielsen and Katherine Legge ran as high as fifth in the competitive, production- based class, but faded in the closing laps as the handling deteriorated for both Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evos at the end of the race. Legge lad the pair home with a sixth-place finish in her #57 Acura.

Teammates Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman fought the same issues, and finished eighth in GTD in the #86 NSX GT3. Still, the result was enough to all but clinch the GTD Drivers’ Championship for the pair, as they leave WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a 32-point lead, with a maximum of 35 points available in the sole remaining race.

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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now takes three weeks off before resuming October 12 with the season-ending Petit Le Mans 10-hour endurance event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, near Gainesville, Georgia.

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Dane Cameron (#6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner, third IMSA victory of 2019, closes on Drivers’ Championship with co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya: “It’s really, really nice to get a big win here. This is the level of performance and execution [three wins and seven consecutive podium finishes] that is expected of a Team Penske program: to be a contender for race wins week-in and week-out. It’s what makes us excited to be a part of it. It’s also what is expected of us as a group. I really feel like we’re firing on all cylinders and the team is doing an amazing job with both pit stops and race strategy. The car’s been absolutely amazing.”

Ricky Taylor (#7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) finished second: “The primary goal today was to maximize the [championship] points for the #6 car [their teammates]. After today, they’re going to the Petit Le Mans season finale in great shape. It’s a perfect day for the team. We were there to support them the best way we could and bring Acura our second 1-2 finish of the season. I’m really happy for the #6 car guys and the team, and now we can focus on getting the win at Petit.”

Katherine Legge (#57 Heinricher/Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished sixth in GTD : “It was a tough race with varying degrees of tire degradation. I think we had great pace at the beginning of each stint, but after that it became a matter of preserving tires. Basically, we finished one place ahead of where we started. I think we deserved a top five, but unfortunately that’s not the way it worked out.”

Mario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished eighth in GTD, closes on GTD Drivers’ Championship with co-driver Trent Hindman: “We struggled a little bit for speed. It seemed like the Lamborghinis were on a different planet today. We did the best we could do to hit our smaller goals; we finished the race and scored points for the championship. Unfortunately, the Sprint Cup championship is over and you aren’t always going to win everything. I feel like we made the best of what we had today, and we’re in good shape going to Road Atlanta.”

Matthew Niles (Principal Engineer, Honda Performance Development): on today’s DPi race win and unofficial Manufacturers’ Championship crown: “It was near-perfect weekend for us. It doesn’t get much better than starting and finishing 1-2. The teamwork and execution from Acura Team Penske were exemplary, and we’re very close to achieving all of our championship goals for the season. But the job’s not quite done, and we need to continue to focus all of our efforts on finishing strong next month at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.”

Monterey SportsCar Championship
Circuit: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile road course) Monterey, Calif.
Weather: Sunny, mild, 68 degrees

Top Five, Acura Prototype Results:

Ps. Class Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Prototype Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 88 laps/caution free
2. Prototype Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 +9.784 seconds
3. Prototype Pipo Derani / Felipe Nasr Action Express Cadillac DPi VR 88 laps
4. Prototype Jordan Taylor / Renger Van Der Zande Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi VR 88 laps
5. Prototype Joao Barbosa / Felipe Albuquerque Action Express Cadillac DPi VR +1 Lap

Top Five, Acura GTD Results:

Ps. Class Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. GTD Bryan Sellers / Corey Lewis Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan 68 laps 
2. GTD Toni Vilander / Cooper MacNeil Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3                      +31.424 seconds
3. GTD Andy Lally / John Potter Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan 67 laps
4. GTD Scott Hargrove / Zach Robichon Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R 67 laps
5. GTD Jeoren Bleekemolen / Ben Keating Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 67 laps
6. GTD Katherine Legge / Christina Nielsen Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 67 laps
7. GTD Bill Auberlen / Robby Foley Turner Motorsports BMW M6
8. GTD Mario Farnbacher / Trent Hindman Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX 66 laps

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Blackstock, O’Gorman Run Third for Honda at Laguna Seca

  • Shelby Blackstock, Tom O’Gorman continue their TCR class championship chase with third-place finish at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
  • Brian Henderson, Todd Lamb combine to finish fifth in Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR
  • Honda, O’Gorman and Blackstock take championship battles to next month’s season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

 LA Honda World Racing drivers Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock kept their TCR class championship hopes alive today with a third-place finish in Saturday’s two-hour MICHELIN Pilot Challenge event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The fourth podium finish of the season for the pair moved them to second in the TCR Drivers’ Championship, 11 points behind leaders Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis (256-245) with one race remaining.  Honda goes into next month’s season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta tied for second in the TCR Manufacturers’ Championship, just four points behind Audi (293-289) and tied with Hyundai in a three-way fight for the title.

Starting fifth, Blackstock moved his Honda Civic Type R TCR up to third in the opening hour, then handed off to co-driver O’Gorman at a pit stop during a full-course caution that jumbled the running order.  O’Gorman resumed his chase of the leaders to the finish, but took the checkers just over three seconds adrift of race winners Gavin Ernstone and Jon Morley.

The Atlanta Speedworks duo of Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb brought its Honda home fifth to remain fifth in the championship; while HART racing returned to the series after missing the previous event at Virginia International Raceway to finish seventh with Ryan Eversley and Chad Gilsinger.

Also returning to TCR competition, Matt Pombo and Mike LaMarra saw their hopes of a strong finish ended by contact with a GS class competitor near the end of the race, dropping their LA Honda World entry to 11th.  Paired with a new co-driver, Harry Cheung, Colin Mullan brought their LA Honda World Civic Type R home in ninth.

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The MICHELIN Pilot Challenge now takes three weeks off before resuming October 11 for the season-ending Petit Le Mans race weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta near Gainesville, Georgia.

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Shelby Blackstock (#37 LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R TCR) finished third in TCR: “Overall, it was a pretty decent day.  We qualified pretty well [fifth], and brought it up to third in our stint.  The whole day was about managing tires; that was our game plan from the start.  So I ran the pace [the team] gave me, then handed it over to Tom [O’Gorman].  Thanks to the team for all their hard work this weekend, and to Honda for all their support.  It’s been an amazing year so far.”

Tom O’Gorman (#37 LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R TCR) finished third in TCR: “It was a tire race for everybody so, honestly, I think we did a really good job, managing tire wear.  We came out [after the final pit stop] just a little too far back from the leaders to challenge for the win.  But we moved up [to second] in the Drivers’ Championship, and Honda also is second in the Manufacturers’ headed to Road Atlanta, so we’ll see how things shake out there next month.”

MICHELIN Pilot Challenge WeatherTech 120

Circuit: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile road course) Monterey, Calif.

Weather: Sunny, warm, 84 degrees

Ps. Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Gavin Ernstone / Jon Morley Roadshagger Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR 71 laps
2. Mark Wilkins / Michael Lewis Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR +0.276 seconds
3. Tom O’Gorman / Shelby Blackstock LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R TCR +3.016 seconds
4. Roy Block / Tim Lewis Jr. KMW Motorsports Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR +6.669
5. Brian Henderson / Todd Lamb Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR 70 laps
7. Chad Gilsinger / Ryan Eversley HART Honda Civic Type R  70 laps
9. Colin Mullan / Harry Cheung LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R 70 laps
11. Mat Pombo / Mike LaMarra LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R 69 laps

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Hindman, Farnbacher Continue Acura Podium Streak at VIR

  • Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher extend championship lead with second-place finish
  • Fifth podium result in eight races expands Acura lead in Manufacturers’ Championship
  • Tire failure, heavy crash ends run for Katherine Legge and Alice Powell

Acura Motorsports’ run of 2019 podium finishes continued today at Virginia International Raceway, in a GT category-only run for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher extended their GTD championship lead with a second-place result in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, their fifth first- or second-place finish this season, also increasing Acura’s lead in the GTD Manufacturers’ Championship after eight of 10 races.

Acura opened its GTD Manufacturers’ Championship lead from two to eight points, now with a 242- 234 margin over nearest competitor Lamborghini. In the GTD Drivers’ Championship, Farnbacher and Hindman increased their points lead from 26 to 37, with 241 points to 204 for closest rival Zach Robichon.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Starting fourth, opening driver Hindman got the jump at the green flag in his #86 Acura NSX GT3 to start the two-hour, 40-minute race, slotting into second through the first dozen laps, until the first of two full-course cautions in the event.

Pit stop rotations saw Hindman assume the lead from Lap 28 until pitting three laps later and handing the driving duties over to co-driver Mario Farnbacher, who resumed in fourth place. Quick pit work by the Meyer Shank crew at the final stop resulted in the #86 car leading once more. During the final dozen laps, a three-way contest for the GTD victory developed involving Farnbacher, the Mercedes- AMG of Jeroen Bleekemolen and Scott Hargrove’s Porsche.

Although he made a couple of feints at retaking the lead in the final laps, Farnbacher was aware of his championship position and avoided making any high-risk passing attempts. Finishing just over a half second behind GTD winner Bleekemolen, resulted in a 37-point championship lead for Farnbacher and Hindman with just two races remaining.

In the second MSR/Heinricher Racing Acura, 26-year-old Briton Alice Powell made her IMSA race debut from fifth on the starting grid, just behind teammate Hindman. However, her Acura was hit from behind on the opening lap by the BMW of Robby Foley, resulting in an unscheduled pit stop as well as damage to the back of the car that affected its handling for the remainder of the race.

Katherine Legge took over driving duties at the team’s second pit stop, just before the one-hour mark. Her #57 Acura developed a vibration following the team’s final pit stop and on Lap 75 a “sudden, complete” tire failure – according to Michelin tire engineers the result of a foreign object lodged in the suspension – resulted in a hard impact into the trackside barriers in one of the fastest parts of the VIR circuit. Legge escaped serious injury in the crash.

Acura Team Penske and Next Event
IMSA’s Prototype category was not a part of the IMSA weekend at Virginia International Raceway, which featured the GTD and GTLM classes only. The Acura Team Penske ARX-05s will return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the next race on the schedule, September 15 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

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Mario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) started fourth, finished second; on his late-race battle with Jeroen Bleekemolen for the GTD win: “I was ‘biting my fingernails’, because Jeroen was pretty quick! In the beginning [of their final run to the finish] he had to save fuel and I was able to keep up with him. But he was pretty strong the whole time. I tried to do my best to stay on him and took my chance [at the lead] at one point. But in the end, he was stronger than us. He probably knew that I didn’t want to take a lot of risks [attempting a pass] because we were working for the ‘big one’ [the championship] here and, obviously, today was a very good day for us.”

Katherine Legge (#57 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) started fifth, did not finish following tire failure, crash on Lap 74: “That was one of the toughest races we have had. We received some damage on the opening lap that broke something in the rear of the car, so we were struggling with a ‘loose’ car the entire race. Alice [Powell] had a fantastic stint [to start the race]. On my second set of tires there was a vibration, then the tire failure, which happened instantly at the top of the ‘esses’. It is one of the places where you carry a lot of speed, so I went into the wall quite hard. That crash is a testament to the strength and safety of the Acura NSX, and VIR’s track safety structures. I have to thank the safety crew for doing a great job to get to me quickly. These things make us stronger, so we will be back ready to fight at Laguna Seca.”

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge at VIR
Circuit:        Virginia International Raceway (3.27-mile road course) Alton, Va.
Weather:      Cloudy, mild, 78 degrees F

Top Five, Acura GTD Results:

Ps.      Class Drivers                                                        Team                                Chassis Laps/Notes
1.        GTD Jeroen Bleekemolen / Ben Keating         Riley Motorsports           Mercedes AMG 86 laps
2.        GTD Mario Farnbacher / Trent Hindman Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 +0.566 seconds
3.        GTD Toni Vilander / Cooper MacNeil              Scuderia Corsa               Ferrari 488 GT3 86 laps
4.        GTD Scott Hargrove / Zach Robichon             Praff Motorsports           Porsche 911 GT3R 86 laps
5.        GTD Pat Long / Patrick Lindsey                        Park Place Racing         Porsche 911 GT3R 86 laps
12.        GTD Katherine Legge / Alice Powell Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 74 laps – crash

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Joel Hetrick Wins Second AMA ATV Motocross National Championship

Phoenix Racing Honda’s Joel Hetrick returned to the track that nearly derailed his title hopes earlier this season and clinched his second AMA ATV Motocross National Championship on Friday, August 23. Finishing second overall in the Pro finale at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway, Hetrick rode flawlessly all weekend to nab the number-one plate aboard his TRX450R. The Seneca, Pennsylvania, resident’s other title came in 2017.

The Pro-only season finale was held in conjunction with the final round of the AMA Pro Motocross series, but even with a huge crowd on hand, the pressure never got to Hetrick as he racked up holeshots in both of his motos. He dominated the first race and then rode at a conservative pace in moto two to finish third. Hetrick also earned the 2019 Top Qualifier and Holeshot titles, having snagged 15 holeshots over the course of the season, and qualified first eight times.

The title was particularly gratifying, as it came a year after Hetrick lost his crown at the final round, due to mechanical issues. Even this season, Hetrick was forced to make a come-from-behind charge in the points chase after encountering bad luck at earlier events. “After round six we were 29 points down, so there’s not much I could do other than try to win motos,” Hetrick said. “I decided to just go out there, race and have fun. We went to RedBud [round 8 of 10], and the tables turned. We went to Loretta’s [the penultimate round] one point down and we left with a five-point lead. I came in here with the plan to win the first moto and finish the second moto in the top four. That plan worked out, but this feels insane. I had no idea I was going to be in the position to come here and be battling for the championship. This is what we work so hard for every day. All that hard work paid off.”

This is the second title of the season for Salisbury, North Carolina-based Phoenix Racing, which also fields Honda-supported efforts in the Kicker Arenacross and GNCC series. “It’s great to have the pressure lifted after the misfortune of last year, and then to dig ourselves out of a hole like we did this year,” said team owner David Eller. “It’s great for the team, and it’s nice to show how competitive we are. I’m really proud of Phoenix; we won the Arenacross title and now we won this. If we can secure a top-10 spot in GNCC, we’ll have met or exceeded our goals for the year.”

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Joel Hetrick Wins Second AMA ATV Motocross National Championship

Phoenix Racing Honda’s Joel Hetrick returned to the track that nearly derailed his title hopes earlier this season and clinched his second AMA ATV Motocross National Championship on Friday, August 23. Finishing second overall in the Pro finale at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway, Hetrick rode flawlessly all weekend to nab the number-one plate aboard his TRX450R. The Seneca, Pennsylvania, resident’s other title came in 2017.

The Pro-only season finale was held in conjunction with the final round of the AMA Pro Motocross series, but even with a huge crowd on hand, the pressure never got to Hetrick as he racked up holeshots in both of his motos. He dominated the first race and then rode at a conservative pace in moto two to finish third. Hetrick also earned the 2019 Top Qualifier and Holeshot titles, having snagged 15 holeshots over the course of the season, and qualified first eight times.

The title was particularly gratifying, as it came a year after Hetrick lost his crown at the final round, due to mechanical issues. Even this season, Hetrick was forced to make a come-from-behind charge in the points chase after encountering bad luck at earlier events. “After round six we were 29 points down, so there’s not much I could do other than try to win motos,” Hetrick said. “I decided to just go out there, race and have fun. We went to RedBud [round 8 of 10], and the tables turned. We went to Loretta’s [the penultimate round] one point down and we left with a five-point lead. I came in here with the plan to win the first moto and finish the second moto in the top four. That plan worked out, but this feels insane. I had no idea I was going to be in the position to come here and be battling for the championship. This is what we work so hard for every day. All that hard work paid off.”

This is the second title of the season for Salisbury, North Carolina-based Phoenix Racing, which also fields Honda-supported efforts in the Kicker Arenacross and GNCC series. “It’s great to have the pressure lifted after the misfortune of last year, and then to dig ourselves out of a hole like we did this year,” said team owner David Eller. “It’s great for the team, and it’s nice to show how competitive we are. I’m really proud of Phoenix; we won the Arenacross title and now we won this. If we can secure a top-10 spot in GNCC, we’ll have met or exceeded our goals for the year.”

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Baja Ridgeline Race Truck Runs Second in Vegas to Reno

  • Baja Ridgeline Race Truck leads until delayed by fuel issue, recovers to finish second
  • Honda Off-Road Racing Team continues 2019 win-and-podium streak
  • Podium result adds to class victories in Parker 425, Mint 400 and Baja 500

The Honda Off-Road Racing Team continued its string of 2019 success this weekend, adding a second-place finish in the “7200” class for unlimited V6-powered trucks in the General Tire Casey Folks Vegas to Reno off-road race to the three victories already recorded at off-road events this year.

A part of the Best In The Desert series of off-road races, the “V2R” point-to-point race is the longest event of its type in the United States.  The 550-mile run features a unique set of challenges, including hot ambient temperatures – as high as 110 degrees F – substantial elevation changes and the constant potential of sudden, strong rain storms.  The course is also known for several high-speed sections, as well as stretches of deep silt and thick dust that can make overtaking difficult.

Starting first in the six-truck 7200 class, team owner/driver Jeff Proctor and navigator Evan Weller attempted to build an early lead as the field left Las Vegas and followed a winding course north to Reno.  Layers of thick dust hampered their initial progress, followed by a flat tire as the Ridgeline approached a service area.

Proctor and Weller eventually built up a six-minute class lead during the second hundred miles, but then the pair was forced to make an extended stop to address a fuel issue.  The repairs dropped the pair to second in class.  Patrick Dailey and Michael Loomis took over the driving and navigating duties at Mile 312, where they had an uneventful run to the finish in Reno.

Completed in the days leading up to its victorious debut in June’s Baja 500, the newest Baja Ridgeline Race Truck features revised bodywork and a lighter-weight chassis, but remains powered by the same reliable twin-turbocharged Honda V6 engine produced by Honda Performance Development.

Making approximately 550 horsepower, HPD’s 3.5-liter HR35TT engine uses the same block and cylinder heads as the production V6 that powers the production Ridgeline.  Additional, custom elements of the powertrain include an HPD-designed intake plenum and custom Engine Control Unit programming.

The Honda Off-Road Racing Team has three victories in four races this season, including class wins for the Baja Ridgeline Race Truck at the Parker 425, the Mint 400 and the Baja 500.  The team returns to action in November for the season-ending the Baja 1000.

Photos and information from the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck’s efforts can be viewed on Instagram at @hondaoffroadracing and @proctor_race.  Honda Racing/HPD news and reports can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD and on the Honda Racing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD.

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Jeff Proctor (team owner/driver Ridgeline Baja Race Truck) finished second in Class 7200 for unlimited V6 Trucks: “There wasn’t much wind at the start, so dust was thick and hanging over the course.  This made it really tough to pass.  We picked up a puncture, but fortunately, we were close enough to limp to the service area, where the crew changed both rear tires and added 70 gallons of fuel in an excellent 40-second stop. In the second hundred miles, we maintained a six-minute lead over second place, but then we were forced to make an extended stop due to a fuel issue.  Patrick [Dailey] and Michael [Loomis] took over at Mile 312 to finish the race second in class.  I can’t thank our entire team, Honda, HPD and all our sponsors enough for their continued support.  While it wasn’t our day, we will learn from this failure and come back faster and stronger as a team.”

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Roczen Finishes Fourth Overall at Budds Creek National

The penultimate round of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross season took place at Southern Maryland’s Budds Creek Motocross Park, where Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen secured fourth overall with 2-7 moto finishes aboard his CRF450R.

In moto one, Roczen rocketed off the line to a fifth-place start and quickly began working his way toward the front. By the green flag, the German had moved into second and set his sights on the leading Eli Tomac. Roczen tried to make an initial push but was never able to get close enough to mount an attack, so he settled into second, riding smart to the checkered flag. When the gate dropped on moto two, Roczen once again found himself toward the front of the field, moving into second on the opening lap. He maintained that position for the first half of the race before coming under fire by Jason Anderson. Roczen slipped to third on lap eight, and in the latter portion of the race, the heat and humidity began to take its toll on Roczen, who had difficulty defending his position. He ultimately relinquished four more spots, crossing the line in seventh.

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  • For the second consecutive week, Ken Roczen topped the board in qualifying, laying down an impressive 2’00.432″ lap in the first session.
  • Roczen’s strategy during qualifying was simple: conserve energy and put himself in a good position. “The past couple of weekends, I’ve been doing something a little different in qualifying and it’s worked out pretty good,” he explained. “I spend the first lap picking a few sections to check out, then spend the second lap looking at the other parts of the track, then on my third lap I do a fast lap and piece it all together with my favorite lines. If the lap is good time-wise, I just leave it at that. It also helps me conserve some energy.”
  • On race day, Team Honda HRC and Roczen showed their support for Jonathan Mayzak and his family. Mayzak was a Pro Motocross racer who tragically lost his life from a tragic accident Friday that occurred the evening before last week’s Unadilla National. Roczen’s Budds Creek race-worn jersey, which wore a logo with Mayzack’s first pro number, 210, will be given to the Road 2 Recovery Foundation and auctioned off to support Jonathan’s memorial fund. The team also honored Mayzack on their factory CRF450R machines, running his last race number, 424, on their front fenders. Roczen’s fender was given to the family at the end of the day.
  • The track conditions at Budds Creek were different than seen in previous years. “There was nothing to bank off of in the turns,” Roczen explained. “They didn’t rip it deep enough, so the whole track got super hard like concrete, and it was super dry and dusty.”
  • Team Honda HRC congratulates Eli Tomac and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team for clinching their third AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Budds Creek.
  • Following his fourth-place finish, Roczen sits five points behind third in the championship chase with 421. Although the title is wrapped up, Roczen has his sights set on another goal. “It’s a bummer we weren’t able to battle for the championship, but we’re still within reach of second place,” he said. “That’s my goal for the end of the season.”
  • It was an up and down day for the GEICO Honda squad, as small mishaps in both motos hindered their riders from securing overall podium finishes. RJ Hampshire led the charge for the team, securing a solid third-place finish in moto one before a first-turn crash in the second race left him fighting for position. He worked his way from 21st on the first lap to eighth by the checkered flag, for fifth overall. Teammate Chase Sexton was seventh overall with 12-6 marks, while Hunter Lawrence finished 12th with 10-13 scores. After a challenging professional debut at Unadilla, Jo Shimoda was the top rookie on the Amsoil Honda squad at Budds Creek, riding impressively aboard his CRF250R to finish 13th with 13-12 finishes.
  • Next weekend, Team Honda HRC heads to the Ironman MX in Crawfordsville, Indiana, for the final round of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross series. On Friday, Roczen will participate in press day, where he’ll hit the track for one 20-minute riding session. Later that evening, the HRC crew will also celebrate the season with a team barbecue at the track.

Ken Roczen 
“I mean, today would’ve been a challenging day even at 100% fitness because it was so hot. We had a couple really good practices and then a good first moto. In that moto, I just tried not to go crazy, to conserve energy, because I knew it was going to be a tough one in the second moto. Second in that race was good, and I was also riding pretty well in the second moto, spending half the race in second. Unfortunately, my body just gave up in the second half and I could barely hang on. I lost a lot of positions, finishing seventh. It’s a bummer and definitely not what we wanted coming off of last weekend, but it’s a better finish than my previous races in the heat so we’re moving in the right direction. We’ve got one more race to make it happen.”

Erik Kehoe – Team Manager 
“We had a very good first moto today. Kenny has been making some progress the past few weeks, and I think that showed in the first moto. Unfortunately, he just wasn’t able to maintain it for the whole second race. His start in the second moto was good and he rode strong, but the last 15 minutes he really struggled; the heat got to him and he was more in survival mode. Overall, I think Ken rode well. His starts were good and his speed is still there, so we’ll just give it one more shot in Indiana.”

Oscar Wirdeman – Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“Today had its ups and downs. We were all hoping for another weekend like last, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Ken started the day great. He qualified fastest again with a good strategy to conserve energy—lay down a fast lap, then relax. He rode great in the first moto and in the beginning of the second moto but struggled toward the end. The heat just got to him and he wasn’t able to maintain his pace. We’ve been pretty much leaving the bike alone, just doing a few small clicker changes here and there to dial it in for each specific track. We’ve got one more opportunity to end the season on the podium, so that’s the goal for next weekend.”

Media contact:
Mandie Fonteyn // Jonnum Media // [email protected] // +1 (951) 537-0454

450MX Results
1) Eli Tomac (1-1) 
2) Jason Anderson (4-2)
3) Marvin Musquin (3-3)
4) Ken Roczen (2-7) 
5) Zach Osborne (5-4)
6) Justin Barcia (6-5)
7) Dean Wilson (8-6)
8) Aaron Plessinger (9-9)
9) Benny Bloss (7-11)
10) Kyle Cunningham (11-8)

450MX Championship Points (after 11 of 12 rounds)
1) Eli Tomac 476
2) Marvin Musquin 426
3) Ken Roczen 421
4) Jason Anderson 376
5) Zach Osborne 365
6) Cooper Webb 324
7) Justin Barcia 283
8) Fredrik Noren 218
9) Justin Bogle 210
10) Blake Baggett 175

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Verstappen Wins as Honda Earns Double Podium in Germany

Kvyat scores first podium for Toro Rosso since 2008
Verstappen earns second win of 2019, 7th of career
Albon finishes career-best sixth for Toro Rosso

Sunday’s Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim had more plot twists than a Quentin Tarantino movie but in the end, Honda fashioned its best weekend in 27 years as Max Verstappen stormed to a win while Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat placed third to put two Hondas on the podium for the first time since the 1992 Portugal GP.

Pre-race rains ramped up the difficulty on the standing start, and the day became a high-speed chess match from there as teams and drivers dealt with conditions that fluctuated between wet and dry, often without warning. But weather was just the appetizer for a full-course meal that included four safety-car periods, two championship leaders crashing on their own and a 360-degree Danny Sullivan-esque spin by a race winner that made five pit stops!

Verstappen made the first of his stops after just two laps to change to the intermediate tires to accommodate a drying track, which lasted until he pitted on Lap 18 for medium slicks that he hoped would last the remainder of the race. The call was a tough one for the Dutchman, who spun on the harder compound before going back to the intermediate tires as the rains reappeared at the race’s halfway point.

Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon was running in the rain for the first time in his F1 career and the rookie was a strong fourth through the middle stages of the race. His teammate Kvyat benefitted from a gutsy pit call after Nico Hulkenberg brought out the third safety car with 24 laps to go, becoming one of the first runners to switch to slick tires to navigate a drying track. The Russian, who had just celebrated the birth of his first child not 24 hours earlier, used the slick Pirellis to march through the field, passing Lance Stroll to take the second spot.

At this point, all four of the Honda-powered entries were running in the top seven, including holding down the top-two positions. But as a final act, Valtteri Bottas brought out the safety car with a trip into the frontstretch fence, bunching the field for a sprint over the final five laps. The restart put Gasly within reach of Albon, leading to heartbreak for the Frenchman, who hit Albon while trying to pass him for sixth and had to retire with damage.

The restart also put Kvyat within range of Sebastien Vettel, who passed Stroll and Kvyat, demoting Kyvat to third – where he would earn Toro Rosso’s first podium finish since 2008. Albon continued after his contact and finished a career-best sixth.

The teams have just a day or two to celebrate as the series head to Hungary this weekend for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Toyoharu Tanabe
Technical Director, Honda F1
“An absolutely fantastic result, securing our second win of the year with Max Verstappen, but this time extra special, with Daniil Kvyat making it two Honda drivers on the podium. It was a very difficult race, because of the changing conditions between wet and dry and the result is down to the excellent drives from both drivers, spot on strategies from the two teams and great work from both pit crews. Honda really appreciates their efforts. After winning with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing already in Austria, it is particularly pleasing to see Scuderia Toro Rosso on the podium, as they helped us get back on the right road to success last year. We will briefly celebrate on this special day, but immediately focus on next week’s race in Hungary.”

Max Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Start 2nd, Finish: 1st (Second win of 2019, 7th of career)
“To come out on top after a race like that is amazing and for the Team to win for the second time this year with Honda is incredible. I don’t know exactly what happened at the start but it seemed that everyone on the right side of the grid had a bad getaway and low grip. I had a particularly poor start when I released the clutch but stayed calm and followed the Mercedes cars closely. It was hard to pass due to the dirty air and the tires started to struggle as the track dried. From there onwards we always made the right decisions. Even though the first slick tire was maybe a bit hard and I had a few moments, with a 360 spin, I luckily kept going. Once I was back on the Intermediates and in the lead I was able to control the race and really show the pace of the car. The conditions were very tricky and it was all about survival. It was definitely not an easy race and very tricky with the changing conditions. The Team made all the right calls. They were really on top of things and everyone worked so well together. It has been one of my most difficult races and it is great to come out on top. For sure I enjoy driving in the wet but also you need a good car for that. You can find a bit of pace in yourself but today we had both things right and I’m very happy with the result. A big thank you to the whole Team and it has been a crazy but amazing Sunday.

Pierre Gasly
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Start: 4th, Finish: 14th
“That was an insane, crazy race and it just had everything. With the rain, crashes, safety cars and pit stops, it was a lottery and there were a lot of opportunities so I’m quite disappointed not to have made the most of it on my side and not finish the race. Towards the end, I was fighting with Alex during the last few laps and we made contact, which took my front wing off and gave me a puncture, so I had to stop the car. I don’t know what to say but it’s annoying not to score points when you have a race like this. At the start, I had wheel spin so I was slow off the line and I lost a lot of positions into Turn One so it was quite hectic from there. For the Team and Honda, it was great to get Max’s win today and bag another decent amount of points.

Daniil Kvyat
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
Start: 14th, Finish: 3rd  
“It’s incredible to be back on the podium in what could be called my ‘second career’. I thought it would never happen again in my life, so I’m so incredibly happy. There’s so many emotions I still need some time to let it all sink in! This achievement is so great for us since it has been 11 years since Toro Rosso’s last podium with Sebastian (Vettel) in Monza. It was such an amazing day and I’m so happy. Thank you to everyone in the team, it was just an incredible day. I was readier than ever to fight for this kind of position. This year I feel more mature, my head is cooler, and I’m readier to fight on top, so I think I proved that today to myself and everyone around here. I hope this will become a habit soon!”

Alex Albon
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
Start: 17th, Finish: 6th (Career best) 
It was a good race today! I was a bit scared at the start, learning how the car behaves in the wet around this track, although, I’m really happy with how I performed as it was my first time in these conditions in an F1 car. The pace was really good, we were a bit fortunate and we timed our first pitstop right, and I was really excited racing in P4, I was thinking ‘OK here we go!’ Unfortunately, at the second stop we were caught out and pitted a lap later than Dany to switch from wet tires to dry, so four cars passed us. It’s funny, it’s like a disappointing P6 because we were running in P4 for quite a while. It was an amazing job by the team, the strategy was great and we were able to bounce back from a difficult Qualifying.”

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Dixon Leads Honda Podium Sweep at Mid-Ohio

  • Scott Dixon scores second victory of 2019, sixth career Honda Indy 200 victory
  • Felix Rosenqvist fills out 1-2 for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay completes 1-2-3 sweep for Honda’s sixth win of 2019

The “Master of Mid-Ohio”, Scott Dixon, scored his sixth Honda Indy 200 victory Sunday, dominating the middle stage of the 90-lap contest and then holding off teammate Felix Rosenqvist on fading tires in the closing laps, taking the checkers by the narrow margin of 0.0934 seconds. Ryan Hunter-Reay completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Honda, finishing third, and his Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi closed to within 16 points of championship leader Josef Newgarden with a fifth-place finish.

Starting eighth on the hard-compound Firestone “Black” sidewall tires, Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing team was one of only three to successfully execute a two-pit-stop strategy.  Not pitting until Lap 30, Dixon then ran the soft-compound “Red” sidewall tires to build a massive 12.5-second lead on the field by Lap 50.  However, his team elected to run a second set of Red tires for the third and final stint of the race, and Dixon’s lead began to shrink rapidly in the final 15 laps.

In the closing laps, Dixon had to deal with both a group of lapped cars attempting to unlap themselves, and rapidly closing rivals Rosenqvist, Hunter-Reay and Newgarden.  On the final lap, Dixon and Rosenqvist made light contact in Turn 2, while Hunter-Reay and Newgarden had harder contact exiting the corner, sending Newgarden into the gravel trap and a 11th-place finish.  Rosenqvist continued to challenge his teammate throughout the rest of the lap, but came up just short at the finish.  Still, second-place is his best finish in his rookie IndyCar Series season and his first podium result.

Hunter-Reay survived the last-lap contact with Newgarden to finish third, his second podium of the year and first since the Circuit of the Americas.  While not figuring in the battle for the win, Rossi’s fifth-place finish was his 10th top-five result of 2019, as he continues to battle Newgarden for the IndyCar Drivers’ Championship.

A large crowd, including approximately 10,000 Honda associates from multiple central Ohio Honda facilities, filled the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio road circuit as the 90-lap race ran caution-free for the second year in succession.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s IndyCar Series action from the Honda Indy 200 are available on the HPD Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Next
The NTT IndyCar Series now takes two weeks off before the final super-speedway race of the 2019 season, the August 18 ABC Supply Co., Inc., Pocono 500, at the unique, 2.5-mile tri-oval Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.

Quotes
Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started eighth, finished first, second win of 2019, 46th career IndyCar win, sixth win at Mid-Ohio: “Oh man, that was crazy.  I feel a little bit bad for [teammate] Felix [Rosenqvist], we had to put some moves on him for sure during the last few laps. I had nothing else I could do. If I wasn’t his teammate, I think he’d had me off!  But a lot of respect there.  But Felix is going to have a ton of wins [in his career].   We went too aggressive running a second set of [softer, alternate Firestone] ‘Reds’, but they held up at the end.  Huge credit to the PNC team and Honda.  They did a phenomenal job strategy-wise and making the car better for the race.  This really helps our run for the championship, so just really proud we got it done today.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started sixth, finished second, best finish in rookie IndyCar Series season, first podium finish: “Chip [Ganassi, team owner] lets us race [for the win], and that was the right thing to do.  That was a good couple of [final] laps there.  First, I had to get through the lapped traffic, and then I had to get to Scott [Dixon].  There was a little bit of a misunderstanding on the last lap, and we touched a little bit, but we raced hard and fair for the last couple of corners.  I almost got him there, but in the end it’s a fantastic podium for Chip Ganassi Racing”

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started tenth, finished third to complete Honda 1-2-3 podium sweep: “We were really pushing hard there at the end, and to see how quickly we were closing on [Scott] Dixon and [Felix] Rosenqvist, I thought, man, this could go anybody’s way. Amazing strategy from this #28 DHL Honda team. We were closing in on these guys. Obviously, congrats to Ganassi [Racing]. They ran a great race, good strategy, and we were closing on them, but just came up a little bit short.  If we keep knocking on the door like that, we’ll win plenty. It was nice to just get back on form where we should be.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda IndyCar Series win at Mid-Ohio: “What a great day for Honda Racing worldwide.  On top of this morning’s thrilling Formula One victory, we had a heart-stopping 1-2-3 sweep here at the Honda Indy 200, our second IndyCar Series podium sweep of the season.  We appreciate the great turnout and support from all of our Ohio-based associates today; and sincerely hope that all Honda associates share our joy and pride in these successes.”

NTT IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200
Circuit:               Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, Ohio
2017 Winner:    Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) 116.957 mph average
Weather:           Mostly sunny, breezy, hot, 86 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver       Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
  1.   8. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 115.837 mph average
  2.   6. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 +0.0934 seconds
  3. 10. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda   90  
  4.   1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 90  
  5.   2. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda   90  
  6.   4. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 90  
  7. 13. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 90  
  8.   7. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Honda   90  
  9. 15. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 90  
10.   9. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda 90  

Other Honda Results

11.   5. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda   90 Running
12. 14. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda   90 Running
15. 19. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda   89 Running
19. 17. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 89 Running
21. 20. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda   90 Running
22. 11. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 87 Running
23.   5. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda   2 Did not finish – contact

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Dixon Leads Honda Podium Sweep at Mid-Ohio

  • Scott Dixon scores second victory of 2019, sixth career Honda Indy 200 victory
  • Felix Rosenqvist fills out 1-2 for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay completes 1-2-3 sweep for Honda’s sixth win of 2019

The “Master of Mid-Ohio”, Scott Dixon, scored his sixth Honda Indy 200 victory Sunday, dominating the middle stage of the 90-lap contest and then holding off teammate Felix Rosenqvist on fading tires in the closing laps, taking the checkers by the narrow margin of 0.0934 seconds. Ryan Hunter-Reay completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Honda, finishing third, and his Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi closed to within 16 points of championship leader Josef Newgarden with a fifth-place finish.

Starting eighth on the hard-compound Firestone “Black” sidewall tires, Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing team was one of only three to successfully execute a two-pit-stop strategy.  Not pitting until Lap 30, Dixon then ran the soft-compound “Red” sidewall tires to build a massive 12.5-second lead on the field by Lap 50.  However, his team elected to run a second set of Red tires for the third and final stint of the race, and Dixon’s lead began to shrink rapidly in the final 15 laps.

In the closing laps, Dixon had to deal with both a group of lapped cars attempting to unlap themselves, and rapidly closing rivals Rosenqvist, Hunter-Reay and Newgarden.  On the final lap, Dixon and Rosenqvist made light contact in Turn 2, while Hunter-Reay and Newgarden had harder contact exiting the corner, sending Newgarden into the gravel trap and a 11th-place finish.  Rosenqvist continued to challenge his teammate throughout the rest of the lap, but came up just short at the finish.  Still, second-place is his best finish in his rookie IndyCar Series season and his first podium result.

Hunter-Reay survived the last-lap contact with Newgarden to finish third, his second podium of the year and first since the Circuit of the Americas.  While not figuring in the battle for the win, Rossi’s fifth-place finish was his 10th top-five result of 2019, as he continues to battle Newgarden for the IndyCar Drivers’ Championship.

A large crowd, including approximately 10,000 Honda associates from multiple central Ohio Honda facilities, filled the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio road circuit as the 90-lap race ran caution-free for the second year in succession.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s IndyCar Series action from the Honda Indy 200 are available on the HPD Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Next
The NTT IndyCar Series now takes two weeks off before the final super-speedway race of the 2019 season, the August 18 ABC Supply Co., Inc., Pocono 500, at the unique, 2.5-mile tri-oval Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.

Quotes
Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started eighth, finished first, second win of 2019, 46th career IndyCar win, sixth win at Mid-Ohio: “Oh man, that was crazy.  I feel a little bit bad for [teammate] Felix [Rosenqvist], we had to put some moves on him for sure during the last few laps. I had nothing else I could do. If I wasn’t his teammate, I think he’d had me off!  But a lot of respect there.  But Felix is going to have a ton of wins [in his career].   We went too aggressive running a second set of [softer, alternate Firestone] ‘Reds’, but they held up at the end.  Huge credit to the PNC team and Honda.  They did a phenomenal job strategy-wise and making the car better for the race.  This really helps our run for the championship, so just really proud we got it done today.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started sixth, finished second, best finish in rookie IndyCar Series season, first podium finish: “Chip [Ganassi, team owner] lets us race [for the win], and that was the right thing to do.  That was a good couple of [final] laps there.  First, I had to get through the lapped traffic, and then I had to get to Scott [Dixon].  There was a little bit of a misunderstanding on the last lap, and we touched a little bit, but we raced hard and fair for the last couple of corners.  I almost got him there, but in the end it’s a fantastic podium for Chip Ganassi Racing”

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started tenth, finished third to complete Honda 1-2-3 podium sweep: “We were really pushing hard there at the end, and to see how quickly we were closing on [Scott] Dixon and [Felix] Rosenqvist, I thought, man, this could go anybody’s way. Amazing strategy from this #28 DHL Honda team. We were closing in on these guys. Obviously, congrats to Ganassi [Racing]. They ran a great race, good strategy, and we were closing on them, but just came up a little bit short.  If we keep knocking on the door like that, we’ll win plenty. It was nice to just get back on form where we should be.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda IndyCar Series win at Mid-Ohio: “What a great day for Honda Racing worldwide.  On top of this morning’s thrilling Formula One victory, we had a heart-stopping 1-2-3 sweep here at the Honda Indy 200, our second IndyCar Series podium sweep of the season.  We appreciate the great turnout and support from all of our Ohio-based associates today; and sincerely hope that all Honda associates share our joy and pride in these successes.”

NTT IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200
Circuit:               Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, Ohio
2017 Winner:    Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) 116.957 mph average
Weather:           Mostly sunny, breezy, hot, 86 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver       Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
  1.   8. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 115.837 mph average
  2.   6. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 +0.0934 seconds
  3. 10. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda   90  
  4.   1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 90  
  5.   2. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda   90  
  6.   4. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 90  
  7. 13. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 90  
  8.   7. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Honda   90  
  9. 15. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 90  
10.   9. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda 90  

Other Honda Results

11.   5. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda   90 Running
12. 14. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda   90 Running
15. 19. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda   89 Running
19. 17. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 89 Running
21. 20. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda   90 Running
22. 11. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 87 Running
23.   5. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda   2 Did not finish – contact

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