・Honda drivers dominate, finishing first through fifth as Kyle Kirkwood wins the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
・Romain Grosjean claims second in a 1-2 result for Andretti Autosport; Marcus Ericsson runs third to reclaim championship lead
・Colton Herta and Alex Palou complete Honda 1-5 sweep
It was a dominant performance for Honda power as sophomore driver Kyle Kirkwood claimed his maiden NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory as part of a 1-2-3-4-5 Honda sweep at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Driving the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda, Kirkwood led a race-high 53 laps of the 85-lap event, fully taking charge following the second round of pit stops. Keeping him on track one lap longer than rival Josef Newgarden, Kirkwood used the traffic-free lap to run at a qualifying pace, then executed a quick final pit stop to assume a lead he would not relinquish.
The win was Kirkwood’s first in NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition, in just his 20th start in the series. Kirkwood’s teammate Romain Grosjean completed a 1-2 finish for Andretti Autosport; while a third-place finish for Marcus Ericsson moved the St. Petersburg race winner back into the championship points lead.
Another Andretti Autosport driver and previous Long Beach winner, Colton Herta, finished fourth; with 2021 series champion Alex Palou rounding out the top five for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing.
・Honda-powered drivers and teams have now won the Grand Prix of Long Beach 16 times in 23 appearances. This includes victories in nine of the last 14 races; and a seven-year victory streak in Championship Auto Racing Teams competition, against multi-manufacturer competition, from 1996-2002.
・This is Honda’s 280th race win in North American open wheel racing, and 170th win in competition with other manufacturers. It is the first win for Kyle Kirkwood, in his 20th race start in NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing.