Honda Racing Report - Final Qualifying 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: Mostly sunny, warm, 84 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid:

Ps. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Average Speed/Qualifying Day
1.Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara226.484 mph[Pole qualifying]
2.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara226.481[Pole qualifying]
3.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara225.722[Pole qualifying]
4.Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara225.456[Pole qualifying]
5.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara225.422[Pole qualifying]
6.Helio Castroneves-WTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara225.172[Pole qualifying]
7.Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara224.037[Pole qualifying]
8.Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara224.751[First Day]
9.E.J. VisoKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara224.422[First Day]
10.Rubens Barrichello-RKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara224.264[First Day]
11.Alex TaglianiBryan Herta AutosportHonda Dallara224.000[First Day]
12.Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara223.959[First Day]
13.Ana BeatrizAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara223.920[First Day]
14.Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara223.868[First Day]
15.Scott Dixon-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara223.684[First Day]
16.Dario Franchitti-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara223.582[First Day]
17.James Jakes-RDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara223.482[First Day]
18.JR HildebrandPanther RacingChevrolet Dallara223.422[First Day]
19.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara223.392[First Day]
20.Townsend BellSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara223.134[First Day]
21.Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara222.929[First Day]
22.Michel Jourdain Jr.Rahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara222.893[First Day]
23.Simon Pagenaud-RSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara222.891[First Day]
24.Sebastien SaavedraAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara222.811[First Day]
25.Sebastian BourdaisDragon RacingChevrolet Dallara223.760[Second Day]
26.Wade Cunningham-RA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara223.258[Second Day]
27.Oriol ServiaPanther DRR RacingChevrolet Dallara222.393[Second Day]
28.Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet Dallara222.324[Second Day]
29.Mike ConwayA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara222.319[Second Day]
30.Katherine Legge-RDragon RacingChevrolet Dallara221.624[Second Day]
31.Bryan Clauson-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara214.455[Second Day]
32.Simona de SilvestroHVM RacingLotus Dallara214.393[Second Day]
33.Jean Alesi-RFan Force UnitedLotus Dallara210.094[Second Day]

W - Previous 500 Winner

R - IndyCar Series Rookie

Cunningham Leads Final Honda Indy 500 Qualifiers

Wade Cunningham led the final three Honda-powered drivers Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as qualifying concluded for next weekend's 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. Cunningham posted a four-lap average of 223.258 miles per hour in his A.J. Foyt Honda-Dallara to qualify 26th, the second-fastest run in Sunday's final qualifying.

Cunningham's teammate, Mike Conway, completed his own four-lap run of 222.319 mph to qualify 29th. Rookie Bryan Clauson, who crashed during his first qualifying attempt on Saturday, climbed aboard his repaired Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara today to qualify 31st, with a four-lap average of 214.455 mph.

Four Chevrolet-powered entries and two Lotus Dallaras made successful qualifying runs on Sunday to complete the 33-car starting field. The 2012 Indianapolis 500, the first with engine manufacturer competition since 2005, includes 15 Honda-powered drivers, 16 from Chevrolet and the remaining two using Lotus engines.

Activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway resume on Friday with the traditional final practice session, known as "Carb Day". The 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 27, with live television coverage on ABC.

Wade Cunningham (#41 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) qualified 26th for his first Indianapolis 500: "It's been a long road for me to Indianapolis. I got to the States in 2004, so eight years of hard work and commitment, but this is a very proud day for me. I know my parents are proud, as are all my sponsors and supporters who have helped me through the years. We ran quicker [in qualifying] than we did this morning in practice, so we found a little bit of speed. If we had run that speed yesterday, we would have been comfortably in the first-day qualifiers. I guess we underestimated Indianapolis a little bit and we got ourselves caught out with circumstances [during Saturday's qualifying]. But we did it in the end, which is the most important thing. Qualifying is not a reflection of our performance, we've been strong in the draft at times and strong by ourselves. So, as long as we make good decisions, now through race day, there's no reason we can't be fighting for a top-10 in the race."

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development): "Congratulations to Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, who have 'punched above their weight' throughout this month. The team demonstrated excellent speed in practice and backed it up with Joseph Newgarden delivering our best qualifying performance on Saturday. The team also demonstrated its determination with its rapid recovery after Bryan Clauson's accident yesterday, to qualify their second car today. While overall, our qualifying results were disappointing, our focus is now directed 100 per cent towards winning next Sunday's Indianapolis 500."



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