INDY 2022
Round 7

Double Podium for Honda in Detroit

us The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
Double Podium for Honda in Detroit

・Alexander Rossi’s late-race charge comes up just short as he finishes second for Honda and Andretti Autosport

・Scott Dixon runs third in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

・Defending series champion Alex Palou comes home sixth, Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson runs seventh

It was a double podium finish for Honda on the streets of Belle Isle Park with Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon scoring second and third in today’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at the Detroit city park.

Strategy was the word of the day at Detroit, with all three podium finishers using different race and pit strategies to make their way forward—choosing different stint lengths, as well as different times to use the Firestone Black (primary) and Red (alternate) tires—in a race that ran completely caution-free. Rossi's strategy of choice allowed him to close more than 15 seconds to the leader in the closing stages, finishing just one second back at the checkered flag.

Alex Palou moved up 12 positions after struggling in qualifying to finish sixth, and his Chip Ganassi teammate—and newly-minted Indy 500 winner—Marcus Ericsson crossed the line seventh. Colton Herta and Simon Pagenaud would also notch top 10 finishes for Honda, while David Malukas would finish just outside the top 10 in 11th, but score highest-finishing rookie honors for the second week in a row, as well as fastest lap of the race.

Detroit Grand Prix Honda Race Results

  • 2nd Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 3rd Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 6th Alex Palou

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 7th Marcus Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 8th Colton Herta

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 9th Simon Pageaud

Meyer Shank Racing Honda

  • 11th David Malukas-R

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda

  • 13th Takuma Sato

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

  • 14th Christian Lundegaard-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

  • 15th Jack Harvey

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

  • 17th Romain Grosjean

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 18th Devlin DeFrancesco-R

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 22nd Jimmie Johnson

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 25th Helio Castroneves

Meyer Shank Racing Honda

  • 26th Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

R - Rookie

Fast Facts

  • Honda and Honda Performance Development, the North America racing arm of Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports, come to the Detroit Grand Prix seeking to continue a run of major race wins in 2022, including last weekend’s 15th – and third consecutive – Indianapolis 500 triumph for Marcus Ericsson in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

  • In 2021, HPD became the first engine build firm to win both the Rolex 24 at Daytona overall (with Wayne Taylor Racing) and Indianapolis 500 (Helio Castroneves’ historic fourth Indy win) in same calendar year.

  • The company repeated that feat in 2022, with Meyer Shank Racing leading a 1-2 finish for Acura at Daytona in addition to Ericsson’s thrilling victory at Indianapolis last Sunday.

Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi 27
Andretti Autosport
One more lap and it might’ve been a different story.  But it was a good day for the team and Honda.  We come here with the fastest car every year, but can’t seem to get a win.  Will [Power, race winner] obviously did an amazing job, so we will take second and move on to Road America.

Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon 9
Chip Ganassi Racing
That was a decent run for us.  I feel like we were maybe a little too conservative on the opening stint [on the softer “Red” tires].  I knew the Reds were going to be fast at the start, and was probably biding my time a bit too much.  Congratulations to Will [Power], he drove a fantastic race.  But really happy for Honda, and to be back on the podium for them.  And a great job by the #9 crew all day long.

Alex Palou
Alex Palou 10
Chip Ganassi Racing
This is almost a win for us today. Today was great! No cautions [in the race], but we still made it from 18th to sixth, that [result] was all on pure pace, strategy and perfect pit stops. [The middle stint on degrading “Reds”] was tough! It was really tough to keep [the Red tires] alive, but there are so many people going so fast, and challenging you for position, so you tend to go faster than you should with those tires. But, I thought it was amazing that the drivers really made a difference in how we treat the tires and strategies. There are people on the podium with three different strategies, so I thought it was a really good race. Obviously, it was super hard to keep the pace up without overheating those tires, but, I'm happy! Next, we're heading to Road America, which is a track I won at last year, so I'm really happy to go back.

Kelvin Fu
Program Director, Honda Performance Development
That was a great job by Alexander Rossi today, to carry over his strong performance from the Indianapolis 500, and the whole Ganassi team as well—with three cars finishing in the top 10 here at Detroit. This race is always difficult on the cars and on teams with the bumps and short turnaround time from Indy, but we are happy to have placed six cars in the top 10 and 10 of the top 15 for Honda in our last visit to Belle Isle. Looking forward to making the move to the streets of downtown Detroit next year!

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