・Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou clinches title with dominant victory in Portland; teammate Scott Dixon finishes third to secure second place in the championship
・Palou becomes first driver in 17 years to win the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship prior to the final race of the year
・Honda powers nine of top 15 finishers at Portland International Raceway
Honda driver Alex Palou clinched the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship today at Portland International Raceway with a dominant victory at the BitNile.com Grand Prix of Portland.
Starting from fifth, Palou cycled to the lead in the first round of pit stops, and relinquished said lead only while pitting himself to take the victory in the penultimate round of the 17-race 2023 season. Palou becomes the first driver since Sebastien Bourdais in 2007 to clinch the title prior to the final race of the year.
Palou's Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and championship rival Scott Dixon made a valiant charge, qualifying fourth and finishing third aboard his #9 Honda, but would come up just short of keeping his championship hopes alive going into the finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in one week's time.
Other Honda finishers in the top 10 included Marcus Ericsson, seventh; David Malukas, eighth; and Kyle Kirkwood in 10th.
・Honda continues to lead the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship, with 11 race victories and 11 poles in 16 races this season. Honda currently has an unofficial 16-point advantage (1,362-1,346) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship in the last six years in 2023.
・In addition to sweeping all five temporary street circuit races this year, Honda drivers and teams have now won on five of the six permanent road circuits, and at the World Wide Technology Raceway oval, on the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule.
The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES concludes next weekend with its 17th and final race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.