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Rahal Finishes Fifth for Honda at Indianapolis 500

* Sixth-place finish for Marco Andretti
* Fuel gambles by Justin Wilson, Carlos Munoz come up short
* Gabby Chaves leads rookie field

Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti led the way for Honda Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Graham Rahal again led the Honda field Sunday, finishing fifth in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500

Graham Rahal again led the Honda field Sunday, finishing fifth in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500

Starting 17th, Rahal gained ground steadily throughout the first third of the 200-lap contest, reaching the top 10 on Lap 68. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver continued to battle his way forward, finally moving to fifth in the closing laps as the top Honda finisher. Starting on the third row of the grid, eighth, Andretti struggled early with handling issues, but was able to improve the car through changes at successive pit stops, then gained positions with aggressive re-starts after cautions late in the race to finish sixth.
After featuring in the first 60 laps, Justin Wilson was forced to make on unscheduled pit stop due to a vibration, going a lap down to the leaders. A strong recovery drive and a pit strategy gamble got Wilson back on the lead lap, and briefly in the lead, but he was forced to pit for fuel with just two laps remaining and finished 21st. His Andretti Autosport teammate, Carlos Munoz, also ran in the top 10, but received a drive-through penalty for speeding in pit lane mid-race. Afterwards, his team also went “off-sequence” in it’s pit strategy, but like Wilson needed a final splash of fuel to make the finish, dropping him to 20th at the checkers.

Gabby Chaves skidded into one of his Bryan Herta Autosport crew during the first round of pit stops, but both he and the team recovered to finish 16th, the top rookie in the field.

Ryan Briscoe, substituting for the injured James Hinchcliffe in the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, made the largest start-to-finish position gain in today’s 200-lap event, finishing 12th after starting 31st. Hinchcliffe, who sustained leg and pelvis injuries when suspension failure resulted in a 125-G Turn 3 crash on Monday, continues to be treated at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Video recaps from this month’s Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including the Grand Prix of Indianapolis road race and today’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

IndyCar Series teams and drivers now prepare for a hectic schedule of four races over the next three weeks, starting with next weekend’s “Dual at Detroit” May 30-31, a double-header event with races both Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit in Michigan.

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) started 17th, finished 5th at the Indianapolis 500: “I’m proud of this team. We pushed as hard as we could. I keep saying to the guys that the biggest thing is to keep coming home in the points. If we can be the top finishing Honda and gain some points, then we’ve had a successful day. Obviously the three guys we are trying to keep up with in the championship all finished ahead of us, but still I feel very good about it. I’m very proud this organization for turning our results around. Coming off the last two years here, I can’t tell you how good this feels. With 15 laps to go, to have to charge up from ninth was pretty tricky. Overall, I thought the racing was pretty good.”

Art St. Cyr (president, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Indianapolis 500: “Today’s race clearly demonstrated the job we have ahead of us. But we gained a lot of information during the month here, and now have definitive goals we need to achieve in order to return Honda to the front of the field. Congratulations to Graham [Rahal] and Marco [Andretti], who once again did a great job for us, fighting hard and running competitively throughout the 200 laps.”

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.”

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Indianapolis 500 – May 24, 2015
11 a.m. EDT ABC

HONDA HERITAGE AT INDIANAPOLIS

• Since competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in 1994, Honda-powered drivers have finished the race in Victory Circle 10 times in 14 attempts, more than any other manufacturer in the same period. Included in this total is a stretch of victories in 10 of the last 11 Indianapolis 500s from 2004-2014.

• In years of multi-manufacturer competition, Honda drivers have won four out of eight “500’s”, including two of the last three years.

• Honda victories have come both in years with manufacturer competition (2004, 2005, 2012 and 2014) and as single engine supplier to IndyCar from 2006-2011.

• Honda’s most recent “500” victory was at last year’s event, as Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay prevailed after a thrilling battle in the final laps with Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.

• Other Honda-powered Indianapolis race winners include three-time winner Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010, 2012); two-time winner Dan Wheldon (2005, 2011); Buddy Rice (2004), Sam Hornish, Jr. (2006), Scott Dixon (2008) and Helio Castroneves (2009).

• During the six years that Honda served as IndyCar engine supplier, the company provided engines to the full 33-car Indianapolis 500 starting field – and for the first six times in Indy 500 history (2006-2011), there were no engine failures recorded in the Memorial Day weekend classic.

• Honda’s first competitive appearance at Indianapolis took place in 1994, but the company first put a car on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, 1968, when Honda conducted an evaluation test using a Formula One car with driver Ronnie Bucknum.

• The Honda lineup for this year’s Indianapolis 500 includes Andretti Autosport’s Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz, Simona de Silvestro and Justin Wilson; A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth and Alex Tagliani; Gabby Chaves at Bryan Herta Autosport; Dale Coyne Racing’s James Davison, Carlos Huertas and Pippa Mann; Graham Rahal and Oriol Servia at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Jakes, Conor Daly and Ryan Briscoe, substituting for the injured James Hinchcliffe.

MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS

• On Friday, May 22, HPD president Art St. Cyr will be the featured guest at a Media Availability at the Honda Hospitality Motorcoach on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The question-and-answer session will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the media.

COMPETITION

• From 2006-2011, Honda supplied engines to every IndyCar Series competitor. A total of 98 drivers raced with the Honda Indy V-8 during that period, with 15 drivers recording race victories. Honda engines logged approximately 1.2 million miles of practice, qualifying and racing in the series; and nearly 500,000 actual race miles.

• In 22 years, Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has grown from just a handful of staffers to approximately 150 associates; and from a simple engine-rebuilding facility to a complete motorsports Research & Development organization. HPD is engaged in programs ranging from pinnacle racing series including the Verizon IndyCar Series, FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, to grassroots and entry-level categories including karting, Quarter Midgets and Formula F competition.

HONDA RACING/HPD VIDEOS

• Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda racing activities at the Indianapolis 500 are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel.

• Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV

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.”

Indianapolis 500 First Day Qualifying Rained Out

Honda Racing Report
Saturday, May 16, 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: Overcast, frequent showers, 70 degrees F

• Full-field qualifying now set for Sunday
• 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24

Persistent rain showers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway forced the cancellation of first-round qualifying Saturday, with qualifying for all positions in the 33-car starting field now scheduled to take place Sunday.

Rain briefly interrupted morning practice, then returned after only two qualifying runs – Honda’s Ryan Hunter Reay (229.845 mph) and Carlos Huertas (228.235) had been completed. Additional showers throughout the early afternoon led race officials to call off activities shortly after 2 p.m. EDT.

As the full field did not have an opportunity to qualify, today’s only two completed runs are erased, and the entire qualifying program is now scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Weather permitting, qualifying for the first 30 positions will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m., with the “Fast Nine” shootout for the pole starting at 1:45 p.m. Group Two qualifying, to set the final three positions in the field, will get under way at 3 p.m. Television coverage begins at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday on ABC.

Andretti Leads Honda Effort at Indianapolis 500 “Fast Friday” Practice

* Final practice prior to qualifying Saturday and Sunday
* Gabby Chaves continues impressive rookie performance
* 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24

Marco Andretti led the way for Honda and his Andretti Autosport team in “Fast Friday” practice today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting the fourth-fastest speed of 230.312 mph in the final practice session prior to the start of qualifying Saturday for the Indianapolis 500.

Marco Andretti again led the way for Honda and Andretti Autosport in practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Marco Andretti again led the way for Honda and Andretti Autosport in practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Gabby Chaves continued his run of impressive performances in practice to record the seventh-fastest speed of 229.891 mph for Bryan Herta Autosport; while A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato wrapped up an encouraging week of practice with the ninth-fastest speed, 229.808 mph.

Qualifying to set the field of 33 begins Saturday and concludes on Sunday. Television coverage on ABC begins at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday and 1 p.m. EDT Sunday.

Gabby Chaves (#98 Bryan Herta Autosport Honda) 7th fastest, leads Indy 500 rookies: “I think we had a very positive day. The car was working well. It’s definitely been the hardest day out there for me. I think, here today and tomorrow and Sunday will be the hardest days. I think once we get back to race trim downforce configurations, it will be a lot easier. I think the track conditions weren’t very favorable, as well, very strong winds. It definitely made for some tough times out there. But I was very happy with the car. We made great progress all day. Made some good changes that allowed me to post some quick speeds.”

Andretti Leads Honda Effort in Monday’s Indianapolis 500 Practice

* Four Honda drivers in top-10 positions
* Qualifying set for May 17-18, 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24

As he did in the May 3 “Opening Day” test session, Marco Andretti led the way for Honda and his Andretti Autosport team in practice Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Andretti posted the fourth-fastest speed, after leading most of the session with an average of 225.184 mph, until a series of “Happy Hour” speeds from the Chip Ganassi Racing trio of Sage Karam, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan shuffled him down the speed chart.

Two more Andretti Autosport drivers, Carlos Munoz and Justin Wilson, posted the sixth and seventh-fastest speeds today, with Takuma Sato, eighth. Gabby Chaves posted the fastest speed by an Indy rookie, 12th overall. In all, 30 drivers took to the historic 2.5-mile oval on an overcast and windy day.

Practice continues through the week at Indianapolis, with qualifying to set the field of 33 starting Saturday, May 16 and concluding on Sunday, May 17. Television coverage on ABC begins at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday and 1 p.m. EDT Sunday.

Marco Andretti (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) 4th fastest: “We got through a lot of test items on our list today. We needed to mileage out the engine and for only having one set of tires, I’m pretty pleased with where things progressed. But I think there’s still a lot of speed coming for the 27 Honda. I’ve never wanted something as badly as I want an Indy 500 win. I love this place and there is so much history and meaning here at IMS for my family. Winning at Indy would be such a huge weight off my shoulders. We’ve been close and it feels like we are knocking on the door every year. I think we are capable.”

Marco Andretti again led the way for Honda in practice Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Marco Andretti again led the way for Honda in practice Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Report

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Honda Racing Report

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Circuit:                        Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (2.439-mile road course), Indianapolis, IN

2014 Winner:  Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) 96.462 mph average

Weather:         Mostly cloudy, pre-race shower, humid, 79 degrees F

 Top 10 Race Results:

Top 10 Race Results:
Fn. St. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Average Speed/Notes
1. 1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 82 116.842 mph average speed
2. 17. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 82 +1.5023 seconds
3. 4. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 82
4. 7. Sebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 82
5. 14. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 82
6. 3. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 82
7. 10. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 82
8. 10. Stefano Coletti-R KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 82
9. 23. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 82
10. 2. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 82

Other Honda-powered Results:

11. 19. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 82
12. 13. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda 82 Fastest race lap
13. 21. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 82
15. 16. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 82
16. 24. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 82
18. 20. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda 81 Running
19. 23. Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda 81 Running
22. 25. Francesco Dracone-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 80 Running
23. 11. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 69 Running
68. 18. Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 68 Did not finish – transmission

Rahal Stars Again for Honda at Indy Grand Prix of Indianapolis

  • Nets second consecutive second-place finish
  • Hinchcliffe also leads, runs fastest race lap

For the second consecutive event in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, Graham Rahal led the Honda effort Saturday at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, leading nine laps of today’s 82-lap contest on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and finishing a close second to race winner Will Power.

Starting 17th, Rahal avoided a multi-car crash in the first turn of the first lap, gaining 11 positions to finish the lap in sixth position.  From there, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver stretched his opening fuel run for 23 laps until his first pit stop, moving into second as the Chevrolet-powered leaders pitted one to three laps earlier.  His second stint was similarly long, as Rahal extended his run by two or more laps, improving his track position again.  Following the final stop, Rahal closed to within 1.5 seconds of eventual winner Power before taking the checkers in second, where he also finished two weeks ago in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

The opening-lap crash, the only caution on the day, delayed several Honda drivers, including Ryan Hunter-Reay, Justin Wilson, James Hinchcliffe and Jack Hawksworth.  After the incident, several teams went “off-sequence” with their pit stop strategies, a gamble that came close to netting top-10 results for Hinchcliffe and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate James Jakes.

Hinchliffe led four laps, and Jakes two, by staying on track while their competitors pitted, but the lack of a late-race caution resulted in both Honda drivers having to make pit stops for fuel in the final laps, leading to an unrepresentative 12th (Hinchcliffe) and 18th-place (Jakes) results, although Hinchcliffe did record the fastest lap of the race.

Video recaps from this month’s Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including this weekend’s road race and the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

With the completion of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the focus of Indy car drivers and teams now turns to the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, with activities on the famed 2.5-mile oval beginning Monday, with the first of five full days of practice for the May 24th event, and qualifying activities starting on Saturday, May 16.

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 5 of 16 rounds):

1. Juan Pablo Montoya 171 points (1 win)
2. Will Power 166 (1 win)
3. Helio Castroneves 161
4. Scott Dixon 144 (1 win)
4. Graham Rahal 144
6. Tony Kanaan                    136
7. James Hinchcliffe            129 (1 win)
7. Josef Newgarden             129 (1 win)
9. Sebastien Bourdais           123
10. Simon Pagenaud              101

Manufacturers’ Championship:

      1. Honda 441 (1 win)
      2. Chevrolet 336 (4 wins)

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) started 17th, finished 2nd:  “I’ve got to give it to my guys.  Again, I think [today’s performance] was down to the team.  Everyone executed perfectly all day long, and we were able to make the moves [on track] when we had to.  I gave it everything I could to catch Power, but he had a little bit too much.  Sure, it feels good to be the leading Honda, but we want to win one of these things!”

James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) started 13th, finished 12th:

“Obviously not the result that we wanted. We got caught up in that first-corner melee and lost the front wing. From there, we were just playing catch-up. We took a gamble on strategy to try and get back up [front], but ultimately, the yellow never came. We’ve had a couple lucky yellows this year, so we can’t be too upset. We’ll take it and move on to the next one. Great job by the boys in the pits and again, getting the car better in race pace.  It was wicked quick.”

 Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race:  “We had another great performance from Graham Rahal and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team.  As a single-car team, they continue to impress us with their competitiveness, and Graham’s driving has been extraordinary.  The Schmidt Peterson team took a worthwhile gamble with its pit strategy that could’ve earned strong results for both James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes.  Unfortunately, they came up short, but it was encouraging to see Hinch turn the fastest race lap today.  I believe we’re making progress with our road-course program, but we still have much work to do. Now we’re looking forward to running our new super speedway aero kits on the oval next week and, of course, the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.”

 

Hawksworth Heads Honda Field in Indy GP Qualifying

Honda Racing Report
Friday, May 8, 2015

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Qualifying Report
Circuit:​​Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roadcourse (2.439-mile road course), Indianapolis, IN
2014 Winner:​Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) 96.462 mph average
Weather:​Mostly cloudy, warm, 82 degrees F

Top-12 Qualifying Results:
Ps.
Driver​
Team
Manufacturer
Best Time
Notes
1.
Will Power
Team Penske
Chevrolet
1:09.4886
126.357 mph average
2.
Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chevrolet
1:09.7156
+0.2270 seconds
3.
Helio Castroneves
Team Penske
Chevrolet
1:09.7388
Fast Six Shootout
4.
Juan Pablo Montoya
Team Penske
Chevrolet
1:09.8072
Fast Six Shootout
5.
Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske
Chevrolet
1:09.8715
Fast Six Shootout
6.
Tony Kanaan
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chevrolet
1:10.2772
Fast Six Shootout
7.
Sebastien Bourdais
KV Racing Technology
Chevrolet
1:10.0230
Second Round
8.
Sebastian Saavedra
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chevrolet
1:10.1572
Second Round
9.
Luca Filippi
Carpenter Fisher Hartman
Chevrolet
1:10.1968
Second Round
10.
Stefano Coletti
KV Racing Technology
Chevrolet
1:10.3679
Second Round
11.
Jack Hawksworth
A.J. Foyt Racing
Honda
1:10.4558
Second Round
12.
Josef Newgarden
Carpenter Fisher Hartman
Chevrolet
1:10.8321
Second Round
Other Honda-powered Results:
13.
James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Honda
1:10.6273
First Round, Group 1
16.
Gabby Chaves-R
Bryan Herta Autosport
Honda
1:10.5282
First Round, Group 2
17.
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Honda
1:10.6480
First Round, Group 1
18.
Justin Wilson
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:10.5775
First Round, Group 2
19.
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:10.8345
First Round, Group 1
20.
James Jakes
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Honda
1:10.6749
First Round, Group 2
21.
Carlos Munoz
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:10.8786
First Round, Group 1
22.
Takuma Sato
A.J. Foyt Racing​
Honda
1:10.7391
First Round, Group 2
23.
Carlos Huertas
Dale Coyne Racing
Honda
1:12.5038
First Round, Group 1
24.
Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport
Honda
1:11.1636
First Round, Group 2
25.
Francesco Dracone-R
Dale Coyne Racing
Honda
1:12.5814
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Hawksworth Heads Honda Field in Indy GP Qualifying
• Road race prelude to Indianapolis 500
• Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis to run Saturday

Jack Hawksworth led the Honda field in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Friday for Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, posting the 11th-quickest time in his A.J. Foyt Racing Honda in the second of the three-round “knockout” qualifying sessions on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The performance marked the second time this season Hawksworth advanced to the second qualifying round, as the second-year Indy car driver earlier qualified eighth at NOLA Motorsports Park. The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, with live television coverage on ABC.

Jack Hawksworth (#41 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) on qualifying: “It was a solid qualifying run. We ran pretty clean. The car was pretty good, especially in the first round, it didn’t feel quite as good in the second round for whatever reason, but we’ll have a look through stuff tonight. We just have to keep on getting better and hopefully, tomorrow we can have a good day.”

Justin Wilson (#25 Andretti Autosport Honda) on tire life: “When we put the Firestone [alternate] red tires on the car [in qualifying], it brought the [car’s] balance to life and we actually started to roll some speed into the corners and we started to get some grip. It was good, I just wish we could be a fraction quicker. We’re pushing, we’re trying hard and we’re trying to catch up. I’ve been really happy with our tire life, so I’m hoping that is going to continue into race day and play in our favor, as it did for the Honda teams at Barber, and we’ll have a good consistent car.”

Sato, Rahal Lead Honda Contingent as Indy GP Practice Opens

Honda Racing Report
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Thursday Practice
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roadcourse (2.439-mile road course), Indianapolis, IN
2013 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) 96.462 mph average
Weather: Sunny, warm, 87 degrees F

Top-10 Afternoon Practice Session Results:
Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:10.6971 124.197 mph average
2. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.8118 + 0.1147seconds
3. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.8560
4. Sebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 1:10.8839
5. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.9290
6. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.9527
7. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 1:11.1422
8. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:11.1859
9. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:11.1982
10. Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:11.2603
Other Honda-powered Results:
13. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:11.3943
14. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 1:11.3958
15. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:11.4177
16. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:11.4635
18. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 1:11.4927
19. Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 1:11.7470
22. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 1:12.0331
23. Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:12.1009
24. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 1:12.1137
25. Francesco Dracone-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:12.8729

Sato, Rahal Lead Honda Contingent as Indy GP Practice Opens
• Road race prelude to Indianapolis 500
• Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis to run Saturday

Verizon IndyCar Series practice began Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, with Honda drivers Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato posting top-10 practice times around the 2.439-mile road course laid out inside the grounds of the famed 2.5-mile oval.

Sato posted the sixth fastest time in the morning session, and ran eighth in the generally quicker afternoon practice; while Rahal was eighth quickest in the morning, seventh in the afternoon.

Activities continue Friday with a final practice, followed by “Fast Six” knockout qualifying that will set the 25-car grid for Saturday’s 82-lap race. The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, with live television coverage on ABC.

Video recaps from this month’s Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including this weekend’s road race and the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) on today’s practice: “It was good to be the fastest Honda in the second session but we’ve got to get some predictability in the car. It’s on edge, which is how it’s been all year, but as I said to someone earlier, ‘if it’s on edge and fast, that’s cool but if it’s on edge and [not quickest], that’s obviously not so [good]’. We’ve got to find some more things to make the Steak ‘n Shake car faster in qualifying and on race day.”

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