・Alex Palou scores his second win in three races; extends his championship points lead
・Honda increases edge in Manufacturers’ Championship
・Chip Ganassi Racing places all four Honda entries in the top 10
It was Honda power ruling the day in Detroit, with Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou scoring his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory in three races and extending his championship lead to 51 points Sunday at the Detroit Grand Prix.
Palou now holds more than a full-race win's-worth of points over his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Marcus Ericsson; and extends Honda's Manufacturers' title lead to 22 points over rival Chevrolet.
Other Honda Cars finishing in the top-10 today included Palou's Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon, fourth; Marcus Armstrong, eighth; and Ericsson, ninth—as well as Kyle Kirkwood for Andretti Autosport.
Kirkwood made an incredible recovery drive to sixth after being hit in the rear on lap one and losing his rear wing. He would restart 26th after the incident, and moved up 20 positions in the 100-lap event to cross the line sixth.
Honda continues to lead the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship, with four victories and six poles in the first seven races this season. Honda currently has an unofficial 22-point advantage (575-553) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship in the last six years in 2023.
Honda drivers leave Detroit ranked first, second and fourth in the INDYCAR Drivers' Championship points standings. Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou leads the title fight with 273 points; followed by teammates Marcus Ericsson is second with 221 points and Scott Dixon fourth with 194.
Honda drivers and teams now have won seven of the last 10 NTT INDYCAR SERIES events run in Detroit.
After four consecutive weekends of action, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes a one-week break before resuming at the National Park of Speed, Wisconsin's Road America, for the June 16-18 Sonsio Grand Prix.