Honda Indianapolis 500 First-Round Qualifying Report

5/17/2014

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, May 17, 2014

 

Indianapolis 500 First Round Qualifying Report

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

2013 Winner:     Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology) 187.433 mph average

Weather:           Partly cloudy, cool, 54 degrees F

 

Indianapolis 500 First Round Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

230.661

 

  2.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.460

 

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

230.432

 

  4.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.407

 

  5.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

230.323

 

  6.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.134

 

  7.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

230.070

 

  8.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

230.033

 

  9.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

230.027

 

Other Honda-powered Results

10.

Kurt Busch-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

229.960

 

 

11.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

229.899

 

 

12.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

229.816

 

 

14.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

229.618

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

229.091

 

 

18.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

228.786

 

 

20.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

228.664

 

 

25.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

228.358

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.

Jacques Villeneuve

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

228.171

 

 

29.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

228.034

 

 

30.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

227.991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31.

Alex Tagliani

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

227.813

Yet to qualify

 

32.

Martin Plowman

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

227.043

Yet to qualify

 

 

       
   
 
 

 

Munoz Leads Honda Effort in First Round Indy 500 Qualifying

·       Five Honda drivers qualify for “Fast Nine” Sunday pole shootout

·       30 drivers qualify for 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, including 16 Hondas

·       Final three grid positions also to be determined on Sunday

 

Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz, last year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, posted the second-fastest speed Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in first-round qualifying for next week’s 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, as five Honda-powered drivers from three different teams advanced to Sunday’s “Fast Nine” final qualifying shootout for the pole. 

 

In this year’s new qualifying format, the nine fastest drivers from today’s first-round qualifying will contend for the pole on Sunday.  Drivers who qualified 10th through 30th today are assured of making the “field of 33”, but will qualify again tomorrow to determine their starting positions.  The final three starting positions, 31 through 33, also will be set in Sunday’s final qualifying runs.

 

With the 2014 rules also allowing an unlimited number of qualifying attempts, action at the 2.5-mile oval was frantic throughout most of the day, interrupted only by a brief mid-afternoon rain shower.  In addition to Munoz, top nine qualifiers today included James Hinchcliffe, rebounding from a head injury sustained in last weekend’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis to record the fourth-fastest qualifying run today; and his Andretti Autosport teammate, Marco Andretti, who was sixth.

 

At one point, last week’s Indianapolis Grand Prix race winner, Simon Pagenaud, appeared headed for a top-three provisional qualifying result, but improving track conditions in the afternoon session saw the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports driver pushed back to seventh, and time in the session expired before he could attempt another run. 

 

Meanwhile, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s Josef Newgarden successfully “bumped” his way back into the top-nine with a strong qualifying run in the final five minutes.

 

Eleven other Honda-powered drivers, led by NASCAR star Kurt Busch in 10th and 2012 IndyCar champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay in 11th, successfully qualified today, guaranteeing them a spot in the 33-car starting field.  But all will re-qualify tomorrow to determine their starting positions for next weekend’s “500”. 

 

Final-round qualifying on Sunday will complete the 33-car starting field and determine the coveted pole, with ABC again covering the action starting at 1 p.m. EDT.

 

Carlos Munoz (#34 Cinsay Andretti Autosport Honda) 2nd fastest in first-round qualifying:  "After the second [qualifying] run, I was really disappointed.  During our first run, the car was really good, but during the second run, we just completely lost the balance of the car. My team, my engineer [Garrett Mothersead] – they did exactly what I asked, and we had a great third run. I was questioning myself, the team, everything before, but as soon as I hit the track I forgot everything [about the second run]. The car was really fast, and it’s a shame we wasted that second outing. I think we’re looking strong, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

 

 

 



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