Malukas Stars for Honda under lights in S…
・David Malukas wins second place for Honda and Dale Coyne Racing with HMD at World Wide Technology Raceway
・The 260-lap event takes place over the full distance after a two-hour rain delay
・Chip Ganassi Racing trio remain in championship hunt ahead of final two races of 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES
Rookie David Malukas starred for Honda tonight in a rain-interrupted Bommarito Automotive Group 500, dropping from eighth to second in the closing laps to lead Honda’s effort and record his first podium in NTT INDYCAR competition. SERIES.
Malukas, who was the top rookie finisher at the Indianapolis 500 [16th] and has already had three top-10 results this year, was the fastest car on track once, then the race resumed after a two-hour, 15-minute rain delay. Starting eighth, he worked his way up to third as the race neared the finish, then caught and passed Scott McLaughlin for second on the final lap.
Dale Coyne Racing teammate Takuma Sato rounded out the top five for Honda; while the Chip Ganassi Racing trio of Marcus Ericsson, Scott Dixon and Alex Palou remain in the thick of the battle for the Drivers’ Championship after finishing seventh through ninth respectively tonight.
・This weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was the 14th Indy car race to be held in the St. Louis area, and the seventh at World Wide Technology’s redesigned and updated 1.25-mile oval Raceways. The 260-lap event is the fifth and final oval race of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
・In 2018, a second-place finish for Alexander Rossi and a third-place finish for Scott Dixon was enough for Honda to win the 2018 INDYCAR Constructors’ Championship, the first in a continuing streak of four consecutive constructors’ titles for the company.
・A year later, Takuma Sato won a thrilling night race, beating Ed Carpenter in a tense battle on the final lap. Honda won a second consecutive constructors’ championship that season.
・Dixon earned his 50th career win of 2020 at World Wide Technology Raceway, in the opening race of a weekend double-header. He then won his sixth NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship at the end of the season; with Honda winning a third consecutive constructors’ title. Earlier this month, Dixon recorded his 53rd career victory in Nashville, putting him in sole possession of second place on the all-time Indy Car winners list.
After a series of seven races in July and August, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is now taking a week off before concluding with a two-race swing on the West Coast of the United States, starting with the Portland Grand Prix of the 4 September in Portland, Oregon, then concluding the 2022 season on Sunday, September 11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.