Hunter-Reay Paces Honda Effort as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues

5/16/2017

Hunter-Reay Paces Honda Effort as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues

·       Ryan Hunter-Reay runs fourth overall on warm, windy day of practice

·       Fernando Alonso completes field-high 117 laps

·       Second of five practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying

 

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 16, 2017) – Practice continued Tuesday under warm and gusty conditions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Honda drivers and teams focused on preparations for the May 28 Indianapolis 500.

 

Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Honda in Tuesday’s six-hour practice session, posting the fourth-fastest speed in an incident-free day.  Teammate Takuma Sato ended the day sixth, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin taking the checkers seventh on the speed chart.

 

Two-time Formula One World Champion and McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso recorded the most laps of the 33 driver/car combinations in this year’s field, running 177 laps, just over half a race distance, today.  Meanwhile, Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones was fastest of the four rookies, ending the day 15th overall at 222.251 mph.

 

Practice activities continue through Friday, with qualifying action to set the field of 33 on the historic 2.5-mile oval scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

 

Ed Jones (#19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) led the rookie field Tuesday in practice: “The day started off quite difficult. There were a few changes to the car that we had to make to adjust to certain things. It took a bit longer than we expected, but once we got up to speed we did a lot of traffic running. I learned a massive amount today and felt really comfortable towards the end when we were able to start passing a few cars. I think the first two days have been solid, as well as they could have gone, and I’m happy with the progress were making.”   

 

 

Indianapolis 500 Day 2 Practice

Circuit:              Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN

2016 Winner:     Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) 166.634 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, wind gusts from the south, 85 degrees F

 

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Speed

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

224.656

 

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

224.287

 

  3.

Gabby Chaves

Harding Racing

Chevrolet

223.991

 

  4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

223.960

 

  5.

Sage Karam

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

223.641

 

  6.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

223.556

 

  7.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

223.471

 

  8.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

223.420

 

  9.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

223.352

 

10.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

223.156

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

222.550

 

14.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

222.480

 

15.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

222.251

 

16.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

222.249

 

17.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

221.959

 

18.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

221.921

 

19.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

221.789

 

20.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

221.738

 

23.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

221.229

 

24.

Fernando Alonso-R

McLaren Honda-Andretti

Honda

221.029

 

25.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

221.011

 

29.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

220.131

 

30.

Jay Howard

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

220.123

 

31.

Jack Harvey-R

Michael Shank-Andretti

Honda

218.943

 

32.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

218.589

 

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