Honda Racing Report: Friday, May 22, 2015

Honda Racing Report: Friday, May 22, 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:         Sunny, mild, 68 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 “Carb Day” Final Practice Top-10 Results:

Ps. Driver     Team Manufacturer Speed mph Notes
1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 229.020
2. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.585
3. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.490
4. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 228.458
5. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing    Honda 228.242
6. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 227.811
7. Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 227.478
8. JR Hildebrand Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 227.199
9. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 226.802
10. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 226.674

Other Honda-powered Results:

11. James Davison Dale Coyne Racing Honda 226.578
12. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing    Honda 226.436
13. Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 226.212
16. Alex Tagliani A.J. Foyt Racing    Honda 225.939
18. Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 225.687
20. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 225.360
21. Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 225.332
22. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 225.288
24. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 224.737
26. Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 224.691
28. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 224.497
29. Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Honda 224.405
30. Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 224.005
31. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 223.972
32. Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 223.589

Sato Leads Honda Effort at Indianapolis 500 “Carb Day” Final Practice

  • Final practice prior to 99th Indianapolis 500
  • Gabby Chaves continues impressive rookie performance
  • Green Flag set for 12 p.m. Sunday

Takuma Sato led the way for Honda and his A.J. Foyt team in the traditional “Carb Day” final practice Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Sato posted the fifth-fastest speed of the 33 drivers and teams who qualified for the 99th running of the Memorial Day weekend classic.  Gabby Chaves continued his run of impressive performances in practice to record the ninth-fastest speed for Bryan Herta Autosport and was once again the fastest rookie driver in the field.

Television coverage of Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis begins at 11 a.m. on ABC.

Takuma Sato (#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) 5th fastest: “It’s very encouraging to see all three cars very competitive [teammates Jack Hawksworth and Alex Tagliani were 12th and 16th, respectively]. I felt comfortable in traffic which is what today is all about. The ABC boys did a great preparation on the car, taking everything off and putting it back together again – the car feels really, really good. A very positive day so we’re in the best position for race day.”