・Late-race challenges from Alex Palou, David Malukas come up short for Honda at Texas Motor Speedway
・Scott Dixon, Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta also battle for victory in the closing laps of the PPG 375
・First oval race of 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES ends under caution when Grosjean crashes with two laps remaining
No less than five drivers from three Honda-powered teams – Alex Palou, David Malukas, Scott Dixon, Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta – contended for the victory in today’s PPG 375 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The exciting contest saw no less than 27 lead changes among eight drivers, including Palou and Dixon from Chip Ganassi Racing; and Herta and Grosjean from Andretti Autosport. While Dale Coyne Racing’s David Malukas never led, the second-year driver belied his relative lack of experience by running near the front throughout the 250-lap event.
But Grosjean’s crash on lap 248 of the 250-lap contest led to the race ending under caution, with Palou and Malukas finishing third and fourth, respectively, behind winner Josef Newgarden. Dixon rounded out the top five, with Herta dropping to seventh while avoiding Grosjean’s crash.
Other Honda drivers to finish in the top-10 today included Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner Marcus Ericsson, eighth; and Helio Castroneves in 10th. A total of five cautions involving six drivers slowed today’s contest, but all escaped apparent injury.
Honda-powered drivers have won 13 times at Texas in Indy car competition, starting in 2004 with a 1-2 finish for Andretti Green Racing [now Andretti Autosport] teammates Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti.
This weekend’s EXPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway is the first of five oval races that will be held during the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.