For the first time since Chevrolet rejoined the IndyCar series in 2012, Honda is going to capture the manufacturers’ championship.
The Bow Tie Brigade’s streak of six in a row is over because Team Penske’s trio of Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud have used more than the allotted four engines, so none of the points they scored the past two races or continuing forward will count toward that title.
Power, fourth in the driver’s standings, used his sixth engine over the weekend at Pocono and Pagenaud has also used six, while 2017 IndyCar champ Newgarden is on his fifth.
At the moment, all the Honda teams are on their fourth engine and Alexander Rossi’s third victory of the season Sunday gave Honda a 283-point advantage with three races remaining and a maximum of 288 points still available.
So, unless AJ Foyt Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing or another Chevy team sweep the top three spots at Gateway, Portland and Sonoma, the manufacturer’s title will be changing hands for the first time.