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INDY 2021
Round 3

Dixon Dominates in Texas for Third Consecutive Honda Victory

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Dixon Dominates in Texas for Third Consecutive Honda Victory
  • Defending series champion Scott Dixon scores Honda's third consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory of 2021 at Texas Motor Speedway

  • Honda drivers open with road course, street circuit and oval track wins

  • Second Texas race set for Sunday


Defending and six-time series champion Scott Dixon dominated tonight's opening round of this weekend's doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring Honda's third consecutive victory to open the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. 

Honda now leads rival Chevrolet by 51 points (269-218) as it seeks a fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers' Championship.

Dixon led 206 of the 212-lap Genesys 300, and moved into the championship points lead as Honda added an oval-track victory to wins in the opening two races of the season: on a road course at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama by Alex Palou; and victory last weekend by Colton Herta on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Following his fourth-place finish tonight, Palou is second in the early-season championship standings, with 100 points to 118 for his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dixon.  Graham Rahal made the biggest gain tonight, finishing fifth after starting 13th, with Jack Harvey running seventh for Honda.  St. Petersburg winner Herta appeared headed for a top-five finish tonight, but mechanical failure ended his evening after 190 laps.


Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon 9
Chip Ganassi Racing
Yeah, that was pretty awesome. I love this place.  It was a bit of a crazy night, it was cool to be racing a countryman [fellow New Zealand native Scott McLaughlin] for those last few laps.  Huge thanks to everyone at PNC, the team, and Honda.  Always proud to be powered by Honda, especially when you get wins like this.  He [McLaughlin] was fast, and the conditions were definitely difficult tonight, with traffic and the rain earlier this weekend. But we won man, and that's what counts.

Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal 15
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
We had a rough opening to the race, I think we fell back to about 20th place, but after our first pit stop I think we were the fastest car on track. I thought we might be able to get Alex [Palou] for fourth there at the end, but I took too much out of the car getting up to him, and didn't have quite enough left at the finish [to attempt a pass]. The guys did a great job, Honda did a great job.  The motor was fast, to go by [Josef] Newgarden the way I did, I was super pleased with that.

Rebecca Johnson
Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development
Starting the season with three wins in a row, it simply doesn't get much better. It's good to see Scott [Dixon] start out his championship defense on a strong note, and to see three different Honda drivers win on three types of race circuit as the season begins with this string of consecutive events.  Hopefully, we can continue this string and close out the weekend with another win here in Texas.

Fast Facts

  • This is Scott Dixon's 19th consecutive INDYCAR season with at least one victory, tying him with A.J. Foyt on the all-time list.  

  • It is Honda's 13th win at Texas Motor Speedway, and the fifth for Dixon.

  • Seven wins in 2020 brought Honda the company's ninth INDYCAR Manufacturers' Championship, and third consecutive title, with Honda driver Scott Dixon prevailing to win his sixth Drivers' Championship, highest among all active drivers in the series.

Next

The doubleheader NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend at Texas Motor Speedway concludes Sunday with the Expel 375, with television coverage on NBCSN starting at 5 p.m. EDT.




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