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Honda produced a 1-2 finish in the Indy road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After two hours of intense competition with weather conditions constantly changing from wet to dry, back to wet again, it was Colton Herta who tackled the extremely challenging GMR Grand Prix to emerge a winner and post his first race win of 2022.
Colton led fellow Honda driver Simon Pagenaud home for a 1-2 finish for the manufacturers.
“This is awesome! That was the hardest race I think I’ve ever done,” Herta said after the race.
“The early change to dry weather ‘slick’ tires sure helped us a lot, we gained a lot of positions there. And the other calls came at just the right time, too. Wet-to-dry; back to wet, incredible. And thank you to all the fans for sticking around in this kind of weather. Love you guys,” he signed off.
A mistake-free day from both driver and team netted Herta his seventh career INDYCAR victory.
Behind Herta, Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud completed a 1-2 result for Honda with a charging drive from 20th on the starting grid to second at the checkers.
“Visibility was a real problem at the end. It was really unfortunate, as the car was really good to drive, but it was so hard to see, said Simon Pagenaud.
“Congrats to (winner) Colton (Herta), and it was an amazing job from everyone at Meyer Shank Racing. We made the right calls on the tires, even though it was tricky, really tricky to decide. But overall, a great day for us, a really good job.”