Rahal Brings Honda Home for Third in Texas

May 3, 2021 — FORT WORTH, Texas

Graham Rahal leads Honda effort in second race of NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing third

Saturday race winner Scott Dixon maintains championship lead with fourth-place result

St. Petersburg winner Colton Herta runs fifth; Barber winner Alex Palou is seventh

Honda’s Graham Rahal capitalized on his opportunities this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, combining a third-place finish in today’s XPEL 375 with a fifth-place result in Saturday night’s Genesys 300 to vault to fifth in the early-season points standings.

Rahal and Saturday night’s Honda-powered race winner, Scott Dixon, ran at the front for the majority of the first 180 laps 248-lap event. But the Rahal-Dixon battle enabled Pato O’Ward and Josef Newgarden to run in the draft of the leaders, then build an advantage when the Rahal and Dixon pitted, as O’Ward went on to score his career first INDYCAR win.

Dixon’s fourth-place finish keeps him in the Drivers’ Championship lead with 153 points to 131 for O’Ward; while three wins from four races has Honda leading Chevrolet in the Manufacturers’ Championship battle 332-318. Colton Herta, winner of last weekend’s St. Petersburg race, finished fifth today in his Andretti Autosport Honda; while Alex Palou, winner of the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, took the checkers in seventh.

PEL 375 Honda Driver/Team Results

  • 3rd Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

  • 4th Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 5th Colton Herta

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 7th Alex Palou

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 10th Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport Honda

  • 12th Marcus Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 14th Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda

  • 15th Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

  • 17th Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing Honda [mechanical]

  • 18th James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport Honda [damage]

  • 20th Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport Honda [contact]

  • 21st Pietro Fittipaldi

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda [contact]

  • 22nd Ed Jones

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda [contact]

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 4 of 17 rounds)

Honda 332 pts

Chevrolet 318 Pts

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 4 of 17 rounds)

1. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 153 pts [1 win]

2. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 131 [1 win]

3. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 127 [1 win]

4. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet 116

5. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 107

Quotes

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) started 9th, finished 3rd: “After the last round of pit stops, I tried to attack [the leaders] but the car was just too loose. But all-in-all, a great weekend for team – a fifth and a third, we’ll take those results. Honda did another great job, and the Fleet Cost and Care machine was super-competitive all race long. It was fun racing with Dixie [Scott Dixon], but obviously [Josef] Newgarden and [Pato] O’Ward had excellent final [pit] stops, so great jobs by both of them. Bring on Indy.”

Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport Honda) started 10th, finished 5th: “It was kind of a quiet race for us for the most part. My strategists did an excellent job calling the pit stops. Our car was fast tonight, but we were never quite in a position to challenge for the win. Good job, as always, by the Gainbridge crew and Honda.”

Rebecca Johnson (Senior Manager, Director of Production, Honda Performance Development) on tonight’s race at Texas Motor Speedway: “It was disappointing not to win today, after controlling much of the contest and leading well over half the total race distance. But Honda already has three wins this year, and the top-five results for Graham [Rahal], Scott [Dixon] and Colton [Herta] keep both Dixon and Honda at the top of the championship standings. It’s been a busy start to the season, with four races in three weeks, so it will be good to have a week off to recharge, then we all head to Indianapolis and, of course, the ‘500’.”

Fast Facts

With three wins from four races to start the 2021 season, Honda continues to hold an early-season lead in the INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship with an unofficial total of 332 points to 318 for rival Chevrolet. Honda is seeking the company’s fourth consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship in 2021.

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.