INDY 2022
Round 8

Honda’s Ericsson Reclaims Championship Lead at Road America

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Honda’s Ericsson Reclaims Championship Lead at Road America

・Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson returns to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship lead with second-place finish at Road America

・Alexander Rossi scores second successive podium with third-place finish

・Honda drivers claim four of the top-five finishing positions with Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta

Last month’s Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson led the way for Honda today in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America, with a second-place finish vaulting him back into the championship points lead after eight of 17 races.

Starting fourth, Ericsson ran in the lead group throughout the first two stints of the 55-lap, 220- mile race. When a late-race caution flag led to a restart with just three laps remaining, second- running Alexander Rossi made a lunge for the lead, but had to abort the attempt and Ericsson used the opportunity to grab second, finishing three seconds behind winner Josef Newgarden. With today’s result, Ericsson has a 27-point lead in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship over Will Power, who finished 19th.

Rossi, the pole qualifier on Saturday, recovered to finish third, with his Honda-powered Andretti Autosport teammates Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Also of note, Graham Rahal rebounded from a disappointing 22nd in qualifying to finish eighth today, with his Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Christian Lundegaard leading the rookie contingent with an 11th-place finish.

Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America Honda Results

  • 2nd Marcus Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 3rd Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 4th Romain Grosjean

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 5th Colton Herta

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 8th Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

  • 9th Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 10th Christian Lundegaard-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

  • 12th Simon Pageaud

Meyer Shank Racing Honda

  • 13th Jack Harvey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

  • 15th Takuma Sato

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

  • 16th David Malukas-R

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

  • 18th Devlin DeFrancesco-R

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 22nd Helio Castroneves

Meyer Shank Racing Honda

  • 24th Jimmie Johnson

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 27th Alex Palou

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R - Rookie

Fast Facts

  • Honda Indy car drivers have scored eight victories at Road America, most recently in last year’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, won by eventual series champion Alex Palou in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson 8
Chip Ganassi Racing
It was a really good race, and we were strong throughout the weekend. Honda, HPD, and everyone on the #8 Chip Ganassi Racing team did an awesome job this weekend, they gave me a really good race car today. Finishing second is great for the championship. I am sorry about the [early race] contact with Alex [Palou]. From my point of view, we were side-by-side and it was a nice racing move. But you never want to have contact with a teammate, and I’m super sorry Alex was damaged there.

Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi 27
Andretti Autosport
We went for the lead on that last restart, and it kind of cost us [dropping from second to third], but ultimately a good day for us. It took us until the last stint to get the balance right in the car, and then we could make up ground on Josef [Newgarden]. It’s always disappointing when you start on pole, but don’t win the race, but it’s been a good couple of races for us [with podium finishes at both Detroit and Road Amerca]. We’ll take to positives from that and move on to Mid-Ohio.

Rebecca Johnson
Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development
While we can’t be fully satisfied with missing out on the race win, it was good to seen Marcus [Ericsson] move back to the championship points lead with a strong second-place finish and Andretti Autosport had their best result – across the board – today with [Alexander] Rossi, Romain [Grosjean] and Colton [Herta] all scoring top-five finishes. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan organization today demonstrated they are improving, with Graham [Rahal] coming from 22nd on the grid to finish eighth; and Christian Lundegaard again leading the rookie field with an 11th-place result. After five consecutive weekends at Indianapolis, Detroit and now here in Wisconsin, it will be nice for the HPD race team to get a brief, but well-deserved break, before resuming the season at our “home” circuit, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, on the Independence Day weekend.

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