Honda’s Dixon, Herta Finish 1-2 in Toronto
・Scott Dixon dominates the Honda Indy Toronto
・Colton Herta holds off Felix Rosenqvist to complete a 1-2 Honda result
・Graham Rahal runs fourth, teammate Christian Lundgaard leads rookie contingent with eighth-place finish
Scott Dixon took command of the Honda Indy Toronto following the first round of scheduled pit stops in today’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES event, and remained in charge for the remainder of the 85-lap contest to score his first victory of 2022, the 52nd Indy car win of his career, and lead a 1-2 result for Honda, with Colton Herta finishing second.
Starting together on the front row, pole qualifier Herta and Dixon led the 26-car field from the green in the return of INDYCAR competition to Exhibition Place in Toronto for the first time in three years, with Herta at the point of those on the primary race strategy, which include the majority of the field.
Dixon just edged out Herta as the pair exited pit lane following the first round of scheduled stops for the primary group, and from there the six-time series champion remained in command, with today’s victory tying him with Mario Andretti for second (and behind only racing legend A.J. Foyt) on the all-time Indy car winners list.
For his part, Herta held off a strong challenge from Felix Rosenqvist in the closing laps to finish second, his best result since winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis earlier this season. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan duo of Graham Rahal and Christian Lundgaard also had a strong showing for Honda, with Rahal coming from 14th on the grid to finish fourth; while Lundgaard led the five-driver rookie contingent with an eighth-place result.
With today’s victory, his fourth at the Honda Indy Toronto, Scott Dixon becomes Honda’s most successful driver on the Exhibition Place street circuit. The win is the 52nd of Dixon’s career, tying him with Mario Andretti on the Indy car all-time list. The six-time champion has won at least one race in each of 20 seasons, including the last 18 consecutive years.
Honda-powered drivers and teams have a history of success at Toronto, winning 11 times in both CART and IndyCar Series competition. Honda-powered winners in Toronto include Dixon (4); Dario Franchitti (3); Michael Andretti, Adrian Fernandez, Will Power and Alex Zanardi (1 each).
Honda has served as title sponsor of the Toronto event since it returned to the IndyCar Series schedule in 2009. The sponsorship is administered through Honda Canada, Inc., Honda Motor Company’s Canadian subsidiary.
With corporate headquarters in the Toronto suburb of Markham, Honda Canada was formed in 1969. The company’s first manufacturing facility was opened in Alliston, Ontario, in 1986. A second Alliston manufacturing facility began operations in 1998 and an engine assembly plant opened in 2008.