Defending and six-time series champion Scott Dixon dominated tonight’s opening round of this weekend’s doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring Honda’s third consecutive victory to open the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
Honda now leads rival Chevrolet by 42 points (265-223) as it seeks a fourth consecutive INDYCAR Manufacturers’ Championship.
Starting third, Dixon quickly took over at the front, leading 206 of the 212-lap Genesys 300, and moved into the championship points lead as Honda added an oval-track victory to wins in the opening two races of the season: on a road course at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama by Alex Palou; and victory last weekend by Colton Herta on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Following his fourth-place finish tonight, Palou is second in the early-season championship standings, with 100 points to 118 for his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dixon. Graham Rahal made the biggest gain tonight, finishing fifth after starting 13th, with Jack Harvey running seventh for Honda, moving him to fifth in the points standings. St. Petersburg winner Herta appeared headed for a top-five finish tonight, but mechanical failure ended his evening after 190 laps.