President of Honda Performance Development David Salters says that the engine manufacturer can’t become complacent despite the fact that their partner teams have won six of the opening nine races in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Chip Ganassi Racing has won four races this season with championship leader Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda having scored two victories, defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda has taken one victory while Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda took his first NTT IndyCar Series career win.

Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta took victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg while Helio Castroneves and Meyer Shank Racing won the big one, with the Brazilian having scored his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory.

Speaking at the Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on Friday, David Salters commented on how the 2021 season has been going for the company so far:

So it’s going reasonably well. It’s motorsport, so you have to be very careful and not become complacent. There’s various reasons it’s going well. There’s a team of people – engineers at HPD – who work really hard, and they’re very smart and
they work hard. That’s how you get success in this business. There are our teams, that are working hard. It’s sort of four or five years of building an engineering team, process, models, simulation and validation. You get luckier. The more you understand, the luckier you get. It’s just building it over the last few years really. We’re seeing some success now. It can always turn around quickly. But it’s through the efforts of our team at HPD who have been working hard for years and years and trying to get smarter for years and years.

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