Honda Racing Indy 500 Qualifying Report

Honda Racing Report
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Indianapolis 500
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN
2014 Winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) 186.563 mph average
Weather: Mostly cloudy, windy, mild, 78 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 Starting Field:
Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Speed MPH Notes
1. Scott Dixon-W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 226.760
2. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 226.350
3. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 226.145

4. Tony Kanaan-W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 225.503
5. Helio Castroneves-W Team Penske Chevrolet 225.502
6. Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 225.279

7. Sebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 225.193
8. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 225.189
9. Josef Newgarden Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 225.187

10. JR Hildebrand Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 225.099
11. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 225.042
12. Ed Carpenter Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 224.883

13. Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 224.777
14. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 224.743
15. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 224.657

16. Ryan Hunter-Reay-W Andretti Autosport Honda 224.573
17. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 224.290
18. Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda 224.233

19. Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Honda 223.838
20. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 223.790
21. Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 223.747

22. Alex Tagliani A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 223.722
23. Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 223.595
24. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 223.519

25. Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 223.482
26. Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 223.447
27. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 223.226

28. Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 223.104
29. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 222.916
30. Sebastien Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 222.898

31. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 223.738 Round 2 qualifier
32. Stefano Coletti-R KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 222.001 Round 2 qualifier
33. Bryan Clauson KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 221.358 Round 2 qualifier

W – Previous Indy 500 Champion
R – Indy 500 Rookie

Wilson Leads Honda Qualifying For Indianapolis 500
• Justin Wilson starts sixth, outside of the second row
• Marco Andretti qualifies eighth, Carlos Munoz 11th
• Gabby Chaves leads rookie qualifiers
• 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24

Justin Wilson and his Andretti Autosport team led the way for Honda Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in abbreviated qualifying for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500. The veteran posted the sixth-fastest average speed over his four-lap qualifying run, and will start next weekend’s “500” from the outside of the second row.

Rain on Saturday forced the cancellation of scheduled first-round qualifying, while a crash in the Sunday morning practice session for the Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter – the third time in the past week a Chevrolet IndyCar had spun and then flipped at Indianapolis – led to a decision by race officials to mandate that all teams reduce turbocharger boost pressure and make additional aerodynamic changes to the rear bodywork, impacting the qualifying efforts of all Honda teams.

Delays for the implementation of these changes, plus the addition of a second, 30-minute practice, resulted in a single qualifying session to set the first 30 starting positions, followed by a second session to set the final row of the 33-car starting field.

Two more Andretti Autosport drivers, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz, posted the eighth and 11th-fastest qualifying runs today, while Gabby Chaves posted the fastest qualifying run by an Indy rookie and will start 29th.

Verizon IndyCar Series activities continue on Monday with a practice session to aid teams in making pre-race preparations, followed by the traditional “Carb Day” final practice on Friday, May 22. Next weekend’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 24, with live television coverage starting at 11 a.m. EDT on ABC.

Justin Wilson (#25 Andretti Autosport Honda) qualified 6th for the Indianapolis 500: “I was pushing really hard and it felt pretty good. It was a little bit tense the last couple of days, but it’s always nice to get out and run on your own with no one else on track; there is always more grip. Andretti Autosport is a very professional team; they just worked through all the decisions that were made today and gave me a great race car. I just have to thank everyone there who has worked so hard the last few months to put this deal together. It was a difficult decision that was made for all the teams and when something like that happens, you have to react. I also want to thank everyone at Honda for letting me have the opportunity to be here. I’m hoping today’s qualifying run is a good omen going into next weekend. We’ll see how it all works out; and I’m looking forward to bringing a decent result home.”