All Star Race
INDY 2024

Honda’s Alex Palou Victorious in INDYCAR $1 Million Challenge at The Thermal Club

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Honda’s Alex Palou Victorious in INDYCAR $1 Million Challenge at The Thermal Club

・Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou wins the $1 Million Challenge in dominant fashion

・Heat Race 1 winner Felix Rosenqvist finishes third

・Honda powers five of top-six finishers

Reigning and two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou once again took Honda to the top step of the podium in the $1 Million Challenge at The Thermal Club.

Palou controlled the event from lights-to-flag, taking pole for his Heat Race, leading every lap of the second of two heat races as well as every lap of the main event ‘All Star’ race; crossing the finish line with a 5.7929-second margin of victory.

Meyer Shank Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist finished third in his #60 Honda after also starting on pole and taking control of Heat Race 1 to make it to the final.

Honda powered five of the top six finishers on the day, including Colton Herta who drove through the field in the second half of the race after making a concerted effort to save his tires in the first ten laps.  Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Marcus Armstrong and Linus Lundqvist finished fifth and sixth respectively in their Honda-powered machines.


The NTT INDYCAR SERIES next returns to Southern California for one of the signature events on the 2024 calendar, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, on Sunday, April 21.

Alex Palou
Alex Palou 10
Chip Ganassi Racing
What an amazing weekend. Right from the start, we had all the speed we needed from our Honda engine and Chip Ganassi Racing car. The race format was obviously different to our regular championship, so we weren’t sure how [the strategy of] saving tires was going to play out in the final, But with no restarts at the end, everything was amazing! 

Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist 60
Meyer Shank Racing
A good day here at Thermal, and we leave with some cash in our pockets. That’s good for Meyer Shank Racing, and it’s great to have two Honda boys on the podium here today, and all the Hondas at the front this weekend. Alex [Palou] was kind of untouchable, so I think we finished where we could, to be honest. We weren’t the best on tires, so we kind of had to manage them a bit. But all in all, it’s been a really good start to the season for us.

Colton Herta
Colton Herta 26
Andretti Global w/ Curb-Agajanian
Starting deep in the field like we did, we knew the race was going to be a battle, but saving tires for the first half of the final, like we did, seemed to work well for us. And to finish fourth in just a short race was pretty decent. It was a really fair fight with Marcus [Armstrong] for fourth. I felt like we gave each other plenty of racing room.

David Salters
David Salters
President, HRC US
It was a good showing for Honda here at Thermal! Five of the top six finishers, so job well done team. Stunning job from Alex [Palou], he really controlled the entire event. And congrats to all of our teams for a strong showing throughout the weekend. On to the next one—a home race for us at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Let’s keep pushing!

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