・Colton Herta prevails in treacherous, constantly changing conditions to win the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis
・Simon Pagenaud completes 1-2 result for Honda
・Marcus Ericsson claims fourth following late-race charge in heavy rain
Constantly changing weather conditions – from wet to dry, back to wet again, and finally extremely wet – made for an extremely challenging GMR Grand Prix today on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But at the end of two hours of intense competition, Colton Herta scored his first race win of 2022 and led fellow Honda driver Simon Pagenaud home for a 1-2 finish for the manufacturer.
Herta and his Andretti Autosport team were among the first to change from wet weather “rain” tires to “slick” dry weather tires as the track dried early in the race, and were equally quick to change back to wet weather tires as conditions warranted. A mistake-free day from both driver and team netted Herta his seventh career INDYCAR victory, and first of the 2022 season.
Behind Herta, Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud completed a 1-2 result for Honda with a charging drive from 20th on the starting grid to second at the checkers. Equally impressive, Marcus Ericsson recovered from early-race contact – and a resulting long pit stop for repairs – to put on a late-race charge when conditions were at their worst, to finish fourth.
・The “Month of May” began this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the GMR Grand Prix. Held on the IMS infield road course, Saturday’s 85-lap race kicked off three weeks of on-track activities leading up to the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
・Prior to today’s win by Colton Herta, Honda’s most recent victory at the GMR Grand Prix came in 2020, when Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal scored a 1-2 finish for Honda. Honda drivers went on to win the Indianapolis 500 in both 2020 (Takuma Sato, his second ‘500’ victory) and 2021 (Helio Castroneves, for his record-tying fourth win at the Brickyard).
・The 14 Indianapolis 500 wins by Honda at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway lead all other major automobile manufacturers.