INDY 2023
Round 11

Ericsson Leads Honda Effort at Iowa Speedway

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Ericsson Leads Honda Effort at Iowa Speedway

・Marcus Ericsson runs fourth for Honda in first round of NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader race weekend at Iowa Speedway

・Scott Dixon runs sixth, Kyle Kirkwood seventh; while Alex Palou maintains large championship points lead with eighth-place finish

・Second 250-lap race set for Sunday

Marcus Ericsson continues to shine on the oval tracks of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, leading the way for Honda with a fourth-place finish today in the first 250-lap race of a doubleheader weekend at Iowa Speedway.

Ericsson's Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Scott Dixon, recovered from handling issues early in the contest to finish sixth, just ahead of Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race winner Kyle Kirkwood in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Championship leader Alex Palou now holds a 98-point advantage over today's race winner Josef Newgarden with an eighth-place finish in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Fast Facts

  • Honda continues to lead the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship, with seven victories and nine poles in 11 races this season. Honda currently has an unofficial 68-point advantage (915-847) over rival Chevrolet. The company is seeking its fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship in the last six years in 2023.

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES completes a hectic run of five races over a six-week period this Saturday and Sunday at Iowa Speedway with a doubleheader race weekend, the only twin-race weekend on the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule. 


The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES remains at Iowa Speedway for Sunday's second round in the double-header HY-VEE race weekend. Coverages of the 250-lap HY-VEE One Step 250 starts on NBC tomorrow at 3 p.m. EDT.

Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson 8
Chip Ganassi Racing
This track is always so much fun. It feels like you're constantly either overtaking or running side-by-side with someone. When you have a good car, like I did in the #8 Huski Honda, it's fun. We had a strong day, starting 10th and finishing fourth.  That's a good day's work.

Kyle Kirkwood 27
Andretti Autosport
We learned a lot today. It felt like we had really good pace at the end of each stint, which was very encouraging for us.  We ran a little bit different setup from our teammates, and I think we'll be able to build on that tomorrow based on our pace today.  Our third stint in particular, the #27 Honda was just on rails.  We need to take that, tune on it, and keep the car in that window tomorrow.

Mark Crawford
Large Project Leader, Honda Performance Development
Today wasn't our day, but we've got tonight to review our data, work on our issues and hopefully come back stronger in tomorrow's race to run at the front.

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