St. Petersburg, Fla – Last year, Chevrolet drivers dominated the entire 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Away from the superspeedways, they led all but 116 laps and took every pole and race victory. With the aerokit freeze, why would it be any different?
Instead, it was.
Honda was dominant on the streets of St. Pete from the drop of the green flag for the opening practice session on Friday morning and it lasted through the checkered flag of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete.
Honda had nine cars in the top 12 starting spots for today’s race and they took nine of the top 12 finishing spots too.
Sebastien Bourdais came home last to first to take the win while Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato finishing third through fifth to give Honda four cars in the top five finishers. Mix that with Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and rookie Ed Jones nabbing top 10’s and Honda placed seven cars in the top 10 today.
Furthermore, two more Honda’s came in 11th and 12th to give Honda nine cars in the top 12.
They were dominant in every facet including leading all but 18 laps today. That comes after Penske lead all but 23 of the 220 combined laps the last two years entering this weekend.
Today shows, Honda may very well be a championship contender this year.
Andretti had three cars in the top seven finishing spots with Coyne having both in the top 10.