・Alex Palou scores his third consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory; fourth in the last five races
・Scott Dixon completes 1-2 result for Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing
・Three Honda-powered teams, six drivers score top-nine finishes in front of home crowd at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Presented by the Accord Hybrid
Alex Palou continued his domination of the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, winning the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio aboard his #10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Starting fourth as part of a first through sixth qualifying sweep for Honda power, Palou took the lead after the first round of pit stops and never looked back. The result marks his third INDYCAR win in a row in 2023 and fourth in the last five races. It also extends his championship lead to 110 points over teammate and now-second place man in the standings, Scott Dixon.
Dixon came up just short of a record-extending seventh Mid-Ohio win in his 20th race at the track. The strong result moves him up three spots in the championship fight to P2 behind his teammate.
Christian Lundgaard continued his strong run of form on permanent road courses in the #45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, scoring a fourth-place finish, and David Malukas bounced back from a tough race at Road America to finish sixth for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports.
Ganassi's Marcus Armstrong took highest place rookie honors, finishing ninth in the #11 Honda. Previously second place in the championship, the fourth Chip Ganassi Racing car of Marcus Ericsson was involved in a lap one incident, ending his race. The 2022 Indy 500 winner dropped to fourth in the championship standings as a result.
Honda continues to lead the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship, with six victories and eight poles in the first nine races this season. Honda currently has an unofficial 66-point advantage (759-693) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in the last six years in 2023.
Honda drivers have won 12 of the 18 Indy car races run at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since the series returned to the circuit under the Honda Indy 200 banner in 2007.
Palou becomes the first four-time INDYCAR SERIES race winner this season. The Spaniard dominated the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May; came out on top of a fierce battle on the streets of the Detroit Grand Prix and won at Road America two weeks ago. Palou also qualified on the pole for the Indianapolis 500, finishing fourth; and has four additional top-five results this season.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES now heads north of the boarder to Toronto, Ontario, for the July 16 Honda Indy Toronto, held on a temporary street circuit on the grounds of the Canadia National Exhibition fairgrounds and entertainment district.