Marcus Ericsson battles to a third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson has career-best INDYCAR result with sixth-place finish. Scott Dixon runs fifth, and defending series champion Alex Palou seventh as Chip Ganassi Racing places all four Honda entries in the top seven.
Chip Ganassi Racing led the way for Honda today in the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway, with Marcus Ericsson fighting his was from 14th on the starting grid to a third-place finish, with his three teammates also all finishing in the top seven.
Scott Dixon, a five-time previous winner at Texas, finished fifth today, passing fellow Ganassi Honda driver Jimmie Johnson in the final laps. Meanwhile former seven-time NASCAR champion Johnson’s sixth place is his career-best NTT INDYCAR result. Defending series champion Alex Palou rounded out the Ganassi quartet, finishing seventh.
Contact ended strong runs for Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal and Helio Castroneves, while Simon Pagenaud faded to eighth in the closing laps as his handling deteriorated late in the race.
Following Jack Harvey’s crash Saturday in practice at Texas Motor Speedway, he was not medically cleared to take part in today’s race. Former Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver Santino Ferrucci stepped in to drive the teams #45 HyVee Honda, finishing ninth.
This weekend’s EXPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway was the first of five oval races in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. The next oval on the schedule will be the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29th.