Honda earns third straight Indy win
Honda earned its 15th victory at the Indianapolis 500 with the remarkable drive of Marcus Ericsson on Sunday and extended its three-fight winning streak at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after Takuma Sato’s 2020 win and Helio Castroneves’ win in 2021. It also marks the longest stream since the 2.2-twin-turbo V6 era began in 2012.
“Racing is all about a team effort, united groups of talented people pushing each other, working smart and hard,” said Honda Performance Development President David Salters. “It’s been three [Indianapolis 500 victories] in a row for the incredibly talented group of HPD – well done boys and girls! The incredible Chip Ganassi Racing team has produced rocket racing cars.
“We are extremely proud to race for Honda and the culture of racing and success at Honda continues to manifest itself, with Monaco [Formula 1] and Indy 500 wins today – good job everyone!”
After winning four of the five opening races this season, Chevrolet was expected to achieve similar results, but with Scott Dixon’s record pole position in his #9 Honda Ganassi and Ericsson’s victory in the #8 Honda, the engines produced by HPD in Southern California demonstrated a winning edge at IndyCar’s most important event.
“You know, it’s the biggest race in the world and winning is an incredible feeling,” Ericsson said. “The way we had to do it – with the pressure [of the late-race restart] at the end – it was a very difficult finish. I needed all that Honda power to be able to pull it off!
“So we are very, very grateful for that. It’s just an amazing feeling. We’ve been strong all month, both our Ganassi cars and all the Honda cars. We were the ones to beat, to be honest. Ending up at Victory Lane is just a dream come true.