Honda took the 2020 Indy 500 by storm last month, dominating the field to celebrate its 13th victory at the oval. The carmaker claimed the top four spots in the race, with Takuma Sato taking the lead for the brand.
Before the final pit stops, the Indy 500 was led by Scot Dixon, who was driving a Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He was leading by 111 laps, looking for a second Indy 500 victory —but Takuma Sato made a bold move in the final stage of the race to take the win.
Both Sato and his teammate Graham Rahal closed the gap between the lead pair, earning the second and third place after Rossi crashed. Then, Sato followed Dixon closely, eventually passing him on the 185th lap. Despite Dixon’s attempts to overtake Sato, the latter managed to stay in the front.
The race ended under the caution flag in lap 196 rather than 200, due to Spencer Pigot’s hard crash that occurred at the exit of turn four. Because Sato was in the lead at this time, he was named the victor.
Rahal took third place after Dixon, while Santino Ferrucci celebrated fourth after progressing from 19th place with Vasser-Sullivan Honda. We hope you’ll join all of us at Hardin County Honda in celebrating the automaker’s remarkable achievement at this years Indy 500. To get behind the wheel for yourself, check out our online inventory.
When the world was put on hold earlier this year due to COVID-19, IndyCar races saw a pause, too. Now, though, the racing industry is back on the track – and it looks like Honda is taking the lead. On June 7th, during the first lockdown IndyCar race, Honda showcased its performance abilities, winning over the rest of the field.
Despite having a rough start with racers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal all experiencing electronic control unit problems – and were unable to receive assistance from Honda engineers due to social distancing protocols – the Honda team still managed to pull ahead of the pack.
Scott Dixon managed to pull ahead of his competitors with one of his best IndyCar races so far. Dixon maintained the lead in the race after passing Josef Newgarden on lap 32, eventually coming in first in 157 laps of the 200-lap race, sometimes pulling a gap of over five seconds. This has extended his record for consecutive season wins to 16, tying with A.J. Foyt’s record of scoring at least one IndyCar victory throughout 18 seasons.
“The Honda engine, it was huge, man, the power out there,” said Dixon about his Honda racecar. “Our car was just so fast tonight, in any situation. We had to make a couple of bold moves tonight, and we could just go for it. Huge thanks to the team and everyone involved.”
While none of Honda’s street-ready cars are likely to best Dixon’s lap time, you’re sure to find something just as reliable and exciting on the lot at Hardin County Honda.