・Outgoing series champion Scott Dixon qualifies second for INDYCAR season-ending Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
・Championship leader Alex Palou qualifies 10th, Honda driver seeking his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES title
・Honda clinched 10th Manufacturers' Championship – and fourth consecutive title – last
Scott Dixon led the Honda field in today's qualifying action at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, in preparation for Sunday's NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale. The outgoing series champion advanced through all three rounds of Indy car "knockout" qualifying and will start tomorrow's 85-lap race from the outside of the front row, second, in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
After winning the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year in his debut with Meyer Shank Racing, Helio Castroneves will start third in his MSR Honda, with series Rookie of the Year contender Romain Grosjean rounding out the "Firestone Fast Six" in his Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda.
Dixon's teammate, championship leader Alex Palou, can clinch his first Indy car drivers' title with a finish of 11th or better tomorrow, and will line up 10th at the start. Other Honda top-10 qualifiers included James Hinchcliffe, leading the Andretti Autosports group in seventh; and Ed Jones, who will start ninth in his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda.
Honda-powered drivers and teams have won the Grand Prix of Long Beach 14 times in 20 appearances. This includes victories in seven of the last 11 races; and a seven-year victory streak in Championship Auto Racing Teams competition from 1996-2002.
Honda-powered winners at Long Beach include Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-98), Juan Pablo Montoya (1999), Paul Tracy (2000), Helio Castroneves (2001), Michael Andretti (his final Indy car victory, in 2002), Dario Franchitti (2009), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2010), Mike Conway (2011), Takuma Sato (2013), James Hinchcliffe (2017) and Alexander Rossi (2018-19).
Honda clinched its fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship – and 10th overall – last weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Honda teams and drivers have won nine of 15 races to date this season.
Where to Watch Sunday's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Live network television coverage Sunday's 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES finale starts at 3 p.m. EDT on NBCSN. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on NBC Peacock, the INDYCAR Radio Network, and on SiriusXM satellite radio.