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.
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.
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.