Starting from the pole, Honda's Romain Grosjean led a race-high 44 laps in today's GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, but was unable to hold off a strong closing run from Rinus VeeKay and finished second at the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
May 15, 2021 — SPEEDWAY, Ind.
Romain Grosjean finishes second for Honda on the IMS road course
Alex Palou continues strong run of results with third-place finish
Practice for Indianapolis 500 begins on Tuesday
The result was Grosjean's best finish in three starts this season for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR, and the Formula One veteran was joined on the podium by fellow Honda driver Alex Palou, who now has a third-place finish to go with his win at the season opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Behind, the lead trio, Graham Rahal recorded a strong result after contact on the opening lap damaged the right-side bodywork of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda. After going "off- sequence" with an early pit stop during the resulting caution period, Rahal was able to combine speed with fuel economy to climb from 24th to finish fifth.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship (unofficial, after 5 rounds)
Honda 408 pts
Chevrolet 405 pts
The "Month of May" begins this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the GMR Grand Prix. Held on the IMS infield road course, Saturday's 85-lap race will kick off three weeks of on-track activities leading up to the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.
Honda continues to hold the early-season lead in the 2021 INDYCAR Manufacturers' Championship, with three victories in the first four races this season. After four of 16 races, Honda holds a 14-point advantage (332-318) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fourth.
Activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continue this week, but move to the historic 2.5- mile oval with four days of practice, starting Tuesday, followed by qualifying next weekend for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.