Honda Racing Report - Opening Day Practice Report - Indianapolis 500
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Speedway, IN
2011 Winner:Dan Wheldon (Bryan Herta Autosport Honda) 170.265 mph average
Weather:Partly cloudy, mild, 74 degrees F
Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Practice Results:
|Ps.||Driver||Team||Engine/Chassis||Best Lap Speed/Notes|
|1.||Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||220.250 mph|
|2.||JR Hildebrand||Panther Racing||Chevrolet Dallara||219.693|
|3.||Bryan Clauson-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||219.632|
|4.||James Jakes-R||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||218.286|
|5.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||217.741|
|6.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||217.699|
|7.||Helio Castroneves-W||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||217.617|
|8.||Simon Pagenaud-R||Schmidt Hamilton Racing||Honda Dallara||217.483|
|9.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||217.429|
|10.||Scott Dixon-W||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||217.244|
Additional Honda-Powered Results:
|12.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||217.180|
|13.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||217.047|
|18.||Dario Franchitti-W||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||215.896|
|19.||Alex Tagliani||Bryan Herta Autosport||Honda Dallara||215.344|
|21.||Michele Jourdain||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||214.871|
|23.||Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||214.152|
|Townsend Bell||Schmidt Hamilton Racing||Honda Dallara||no speed/did not run|
|Wade Cunningham||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||no speed/did not run|
W - Previous 500 Winner
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
Rookie Newgarden Leads Opening Day at Indianapolis
The next generation of IZOD IndyCar Series starts claimed the spotlight Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, led by Honda-powered rookie Josef Newgarden, who claimed overall honors at Opening Day practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Nashville native Newgarden was the 2011 Indy Lights series champion, and moved up to IndyCars this year with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, the team that also led the Indy Opening Day speed charts last year with Ed Carpenter.
Newgarden was followed on the time sheets by second-year IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand; rookie and USAC star Bryan Clauson in the second Sarah Fisher entry; and Honda-powered "500" rookie James Jakes, driving for Dale Coyne Racing. Veteran Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five in today's practice.
In all, Honda-powered drivers and teams claimed three of top four speeds today, and seven of the top 10. Thirteen of the 15 drivers expected to run with Honda power took to the track today. Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues through Friday, with Pole Day qualifying on Saturday, May 19.
Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Racing Honda) fastest in practice: "It's pretty cool. I think today was a good day for the series. The car felt pretty good, too, better than I expected it to be in traffic, and the speeds are only going to get better as practice continues this week. I'm already looking forward to qualifying for my first '500'."