Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda is a six time NTT IndyCar Series champion after coming from eleventh place on the grid in the 2020 season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Sunday on the podium in third place behind 2019 champion and race winner Josef Newgarden of Team Penske and Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP to win the championship by 16 points from Josef Newgarden and speaking following the race he said:
It’s all the team. I can’t thank everybody on this team enough. Obviously, [team owner] Chip [Ganassi], [race directors] Mike [Hull] and Barry [Wanser]; and everybody involved – Honda. I’m proud to be powered by Honda and what they’ve been able to pull out this year. They nailed it. Big thanks to everybody. My family – I’m glad my [daughters] and [spouse] Emma are here. I can’t thank everybody enough. PNC Bank, two out of three years (as champion) – that’s pretty good going.”
President of Honda Performance Development, Ted Klaus was delighted that Honda not only won their third consecutive manufacturers championship and ninth title but they also took victory in the drivers championship with Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank and it was the perfect send off for Klaus who retires at the end of next month.
Thank you ‘Team HPD’. Every one of you played an important role in this historic achievement, throughout the off-season and all through this year. You executed against adversity, and never lifted off the throttle. We dominated the Indianapolis 500 and brought home the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships, and that is an enormous accomplishment. To our partner teams, INDYCAR and our competitors: job well done in 2020, thank you all. We will celebrate tonight, but our next goal is to bring even more Honda power to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021