Scott Dixon Wins Detroit Grand Prix

#9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, winner, podium, celebration
#28: Marcus Ericsson, Andretti Global Honda
#9: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Photos Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

Staff report

DETROIT — IndyCar driver Scott Dixon emerged victorious at the Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday, clinching the 100-lap race in Detroit, Michigan. Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson secured second place, while Marcus Armstrong finished third.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, presented by Lear, returned to the streets of downtown Detroit on June 2, 2024. This marks the second consecutive year the event has been held at its original location.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear has quickly become one of the premier events in motorsports and a significant annual attraction for partnerships across Michigan,” stated a press release from the Detroit Grand Prix organizers.

The 34th Grand Prix event in Detroit’s history took place on a 1.7-mile, nine-turn circuit along the acclaimed Detroit Riverwalk.

Dixon, Honda Complete Detroit Weekend Sweep

June 2, 2024 — DETROIT, MI

  • Scott Dixon heads a Honda 1-2-3-4 sweep of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
  • Dixon becomes the first repeat winner of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES with his 58th career victory, taking the Drivers’ Championship lead.
  • Honda INDYCAR win follows Acura’s victory in Saturday’s IMSA sports car race.

Scott Dixon again mixed speed with his trademark fuel-saving strategy to lead a Honda 1-2-3-4 sweep of today’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. The six-time series champion scored his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory of 2024 and claimed the lead in the Drivers’ Championship after six of 17 races.

Pitting on Lap 56 of the 100-lap contest on the streets of downtown Detroit, Dixon took over the lead on Lap 66 and was never headed, securing his 58th career win. A late-race charge saw Marcus Ericsson bring his Andretti Global Honda home second.

Using the same strategy as his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Marcus Armstrong finished a career-high third and ran out of fuel just after taking the checkers. Kyle Kirkwood led a total of 24 laps mid-race and then completed the top-four Honda sweep.

Today’s win also completed a weekend sweep of both major races in Detroit for Honda Racing Corporation USA, as the Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti duo of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor were victorious in Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event.

Detroit Grand Prix Honda Race Results

  1. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  2. Marcus Ericsson, Andretti Global Honda
  3. Marcus Armstrong, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  4. Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Global Honda
  5. Felix Rosenqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Honda
  6. Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  7. Pietro Fittipaldi, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  8. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
  9. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  10. Jack Harvey, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
  11. Tristan Vautier, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
  12. Colton Herta, Andretti Global Honda
  13. Linus Lundqvist (R), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  14. Kyffin Simpson (R), Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
  15. Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 6 of 17 rounds)

  • Honda: 482 points
  • Chevrolet: 472 points

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings (unofficial, after 6 of 17 rounds)

  1. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing: 216 points
  2. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing: -18
  3. Will Power, Team Penske: -31
  4. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren: -56
  5. Alexander Rossi, Arrow McLaren: -66
  6. Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Global: -68

Quotes

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), race winner, his second win of 2024 and 58th career Indy car victory; takes championship points lead after six of 17 races:

“I think I said on the radio about Lap 50 ‘I think we can make it if we stop now’. Obviously, we didn’t get THAT risky, but the team called it perfectly. We were on the right strategy. Everyone on the #9 PNC Bank Honda did a superb job, and it’s always fun to drive my Honda out there. I mean, how cool is that? All the variables made today special: trying to keep out of trouble, keep the car on track, we had rain, and all the cautions. You were just never sure how the race was going to fall. It’s just a great day.”

Marcus Ericsson (#28 Andretti Global Honda), finished second:

“Great result for us! We had a really tough Month of May, and this weekend started out tough for us as well with me hitting the wall in practice. We’ve had to dig deep, but I’m really proud of this whole #28 group, they’ve really come together and really the whole Andretti organization. They gave us great cars this weekend. It feels good to be on the podium, it feels great to have a Honda 1-2-3-4. After the month of May, we’ve bounced back and shown great strength here.”

Marcus Armstrong (#11 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), finished third, career-best INDYCAR finish:

“I ran out of fuel as we came across the line, so we didn’t leave anything in the tank metaphorically or literally out there. It was a lot of fun. I’m happy with that. Exhausted, but happy! And to be part of a Honda 1-2-3-4, that’s just awesome. Road America is my favorite track here in the states, so I’m really looking forward to that one. We’re just going to make next week a little bit more simple, ideally, and be on the podium again!”

David Salters (President, Honda Racing Corporation USA) on today’s Detroit Grand Prix:

“That was a bit better. A massive thanks to the hard work from all the men and women at HRC. Racing reflects life, you have your good days and your bad days. Trying to understand where you are, and work hard to improve, is basically ‘the secret’. Which means, there is no secret, it’s just getting on top of your current situation. Plainly, our GTP and Indy car HRC associates are excellent at this. Hats off to them for digging deep, and coming back so strong. Thank you all.”

Fast Fact:

With today’s 1-4 sweep, Honda has now won eight of the last 11 NTT INDYCAR SERIES events held in the Motor City – including last year’s inaugural run on the new downtown street circuit and six of the final nine events run on a temporary street circuit at Belle Isle Park.

Next

The May-June string of consecutive race weekends continues next week for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, as the championship heads to the National Park of Speed, Road America, for the June 7-9 XPEL Grand Prix in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

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