- Defending series champion Scott Dixon scores Honda's third consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory of 2021 at Texas Motor Speedway
- Honda drivers open with road course, street circuit and oval track wins
- Second Texas race set for Sunday
Defending and six-time series champion Scott Dixon dominated tonight's opening round of this weekend's doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring Honda's third consecutive victory to open the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
Honda now leads rival Chevrolet by 51 points (269-218) as it seeks a fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers' Championship.
Dixon led 206 of the 212-lap Genesys 300, and moved into the championship points lead as Honda added an oval-track victory to wins in the opening two races of the season: on a road course at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama by Alex Palou; and victory last weekend by Colton Herta on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Following his fourth-place finish tonight, Palou is second in the early-season championship standings, with 100 points to 118 for his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dixon. Graham Rahal made the biggest gain tonight, finishing fifth after starting 13th, with Jack Harvey running seventh for Honda. St. Petersburg winner Herta appeared headed for a top-five finish tonight, but mechanical failure ended his evening after 190 laps.
Genesys 300 Honda Driver/Team Results
- 1st Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
- 4th Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
- 5th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
- 7th Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda
- 8th Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda
- 9th Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
- 11th Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
- 12th Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
- 15th Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
- 16th Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
- 19th Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
- 22nd Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda
- 23rd James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship (unofficial, after 3 of 17 rounds)
Honda 269 pts
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers' Championship (unofficial, after 3 of 17 rounds)
1. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 118 pts [1 race win]
2. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 100 [1 race win]
3. Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet 81
4. Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 80
5. Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing 77
Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 3rd, finished 1st: "Yeah, that was pretty awesome. I love this place. It was a bit of a crazy night, it was cool to be racing a countryman [fellow New Zealand native Scott McLaughlin] for those last few laps. Huge thanks to everyone at PNC, the team, and Honda. Always proud to be powered by Honda, especially when you get wins like this. He [McLaughlin] was fast, and the conditions were definitely difficult tonight, with traffic and the rain earlier this weekend. But we won man, and that's what counts."
Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) started 13th, finished 5th: "We had a rough opening to the race, I think we fell back to about 20th place, but after our first pit stop I think we were the fastest car on track. I thought we might be able to get Alex [Palou] for fourth there at the end, but I took too much out of the car getting up to him, and didn't have quite enough left at the finish [to attempt a pass]. The guys did a great job, Honda did a great job. The motor was fast, to go by [Josef] Newgarden the way I did, I was super pleased with that."
Rebecca Johnson (Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development) on tonight's opening race win for Honda at Texas Motor Speedway: "Starting the season with three wins in a row, it simply doesn't get much better. It's good to see Scott [Dixon] start out his championship defense on a strong note, and to see three different Honda drivers win on three types of race circuit as the season begins with this string of consecutive events. Hopefully, we can continue this string and close out the weekend with another win here in Texas."
- This is Scott Dixon's 19th consecutive INDYCAR season with at least one victory, tying him with A.J. Foyt on the all-time list.
- It is Honda's 13th win at Texas Motor Speedway, and the fifth for Dixon.
- Seven wins in 2020 brought Honda the company's ninth INDYCAR Manufacturers' Championship, and third consecutive title, with Honda driver Scott Dixon prevailing to win his sixth Drivers' Championship, highest among all active drivers in the series.
The doubleheader NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend at Texas Motor Speedway concludes Sunday with the Expel 375, with television coverage on NBCSN starting at 5 p.m. EDT.
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