・Christian Lundgaard scores career first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race victory today at the Honda Indy Toronto
・Win is fourth in a row for Honda; seventh from 10 races in 2023
・Alex Palou builds championship lead with second-place result; Colton Herta completes 1-2-3 Honda Sweep
In just his second full season of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition, Christian Lundgaard took control of today’s Honda Indy Toronto to romp to his career first win by a massive 11.7 seconds.
Starting from the pole, Lundgaard dominated the opening stint, going slightly off-strategy with an early initial pit stop, and then pulled away to an unchallenged victory on the downtown Toronto temporary street circuit.
Championship leader Alex Palou after starting 15th hung on to finish second despite a damaged nose cone/front wing assembly, to increase his points lead to 117 after 10 of 17 races. Colton Herta completed a sweep of the victory podium for Honda with a well-judged run; while defending race winner Scott Dixon made it 1-2-3-4 for Honda with a strong closing stint after his mid-race off-sequence pit strategy failed to play out.
・Honda continues to lead the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship, with seven victories and nine poles in 10 races this season. Honda currently has an unofficial 104-point advantage (855-751) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in the last six years in 2023.
・This is Honda’s 12th victory on the streets of Toronto, and fourth consecutive win this season. The streak started with Alex Palou’s wins at the Grand Prix of Detroit, Road America and the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Other Honda victories this season came at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg [Marcus Ericsson]; the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach [Kyle Kirkwood] and the AMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis [Palou].
The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES now returns to the USA for the only doubleheader race weekend of the year, at Iowa Speedway near Des Moines. The HY-VEE Home Front 250 takes place on Saturday, July 22; with the HY-VEE One Step 250 running on Sunday, July 23.