Honda Indianapolis 500 Final Qualifying Report

5/17/2014

Honda Racing Report

Sunday, May 18, 2014

 

Indianapolis 500 Final Qualifying Report

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

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

Weather:           Mostly sunny, mild, 64 degrees F

 

 

Indianapolis 500 Starting Field:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

 

  1.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

231.067

Fast Nine Shootout

 

  2.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.839

 

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

230.697

 

 

 

  4.

Helio Castroneves-W

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

230.649

 

 

  5.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

230.614

 

 

  6.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.544

 

 

 

  7.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.146

 

 

  8.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

229.893

 

 

  9.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

228.726

 

 

 

10.

Juan P. Montoya-W

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

231.007

Second-round qualifiers

 

11.

Scott Dixon-W

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

230.661

 

 

12.

Kurt Busch-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.782

 

 

 

13.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

230.506

 

 

14.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

230.256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

230.049

 

 

 

16.

Tony Kanaan-W

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

229.922

 

 

17.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

229.847

 

 

18.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

229.753

 

 

 

19.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

229.719

 

 

20.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

229.628

 

 

21.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

229.251

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

22.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

229.223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

229.201

 

 

24.

Alex Tagliani

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

229.148

 

 

 

25.

Townsend Bell

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

229.009

 

 

26.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

228.953

 

 

27.

Jacques Villeneuve-W

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

228.949

 

 

 

28.

James Davison

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

228.865

 

 

29.

Martin Plowman

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

228.814

 

 

30.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

228.713

 

 

 

31.

Sage Karam-R

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

228.436

 

 

32.

Sebastian Saavedra

KVAFS Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

228.088

 

 

33.

Buddy Lazier-W

Lazier Partners Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

227.920

 

 

 

 

W – Previous Indianapolis 500 Winner

R – 2014 Indianapolis 500 Rookie

 

 

 

       
   
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Row Start for Honda, Hinchcliffe at the Indy 500

·       Five Honda drivers contend for pole

·       Fastest pole speed since 2003

·       98th running of Indianapolis 500 on May 25

 

One week after being hospitalized for a concussion sustained at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, James Hinchcliffe qualified his Andretti Autosport Honda-Dallara second on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start next weekend’s 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race from the middle of the front row.

 

After posting the fourth-fastest speed in first-round qualifying on Saturday, Hinchcliffe was one of five Honda-powered drivers to advance to the “Fast Nine Shootout”, a new format for 2014 to set the first three rows of the starting field for next weekend’s Memorial Day weekend classic. 

 

Earlier, Hinchcliffe was forced to rest for three days after suffering a concussion when debris struck his helmet during last weekend’s race.  He was cleared to return to driving mid-week, and quickly demonstrated he was fully up to speed, posting the fourth-fastest time in first-round qualifying on Saturday to advance to the pole shootout.  His four-lap average of 230.839 mph was bettered only by Ed Carpenter, who scored his second consecutive “500” pole with an average of 231.067 mph.  Carpenter’s pole speed is the fastest qualifying run at Indianapolis since 2003, when Helio Castroneves established a mark of 231.725 mph.

 

Other Honda drivers to take part in the pole shootout included Simon Pagenaud, who will start fifth for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports; Marco Andretti, sixth for Andretti Autosport; Carlos Munoz - last year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year - who will start seventh; and Josef Newgarden, who qualified eighth for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

 

A trio of Indy rookies starred in second-round qualifying run earlier today at the Speedway. NASCAR star Kurt Busch led the way for Honda, posting the 12th-fastest speed in his Andretti Autosport entry, while Jack Hawksworth will start his first “500” from the inside of the fifth row, 13th.  Mikhail Aleshin was another Honda rookie to better 230 mph in qualifying, and will start 15th.  Veteran Oriol Servia also had an impressive day, making the largest gain in the field from first- to second-round qualifying, improving 11 positions to qualify 18th.

 

Verizon IndyCar Series activities resume on Monday with a practice session to aid teams in making race preparations, followed by the traditional “Carb Day” final practice on Friday, May 23.  The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 25, with live television coverage on ABC.

 

James Hinchcliffe (#27 UFD Andretti Autosport Honda) qualified 2nd for the Indianapolis 500:  "It’s tough to be upset. We knew Ed [Carpenter] was going to be tough to beat, and it wasn’t until the first three laps [were complete] that I thought, ‘Well, maybe we do have a shot at this!’ The car was a huge handful, but it needed to be - it was fast. That’s not a criticism of the car at all. Going into Turn 3 on that last lap, I was working the tools like crazy and the car stepped out a bit. I had to take some wheel out of it, create understeer on exit and crack [briefly lift off] the throttle. I don’t think anybody’s ever been on pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway cracking the throttle over four laps, so I kind of knew right then and there. I was screaming in my helmet. At the same time, if the worst we’re going to start is second, then that’s awesome. Huge credit to the team and Honda, I’m so happy to be on the front row again, just so disappointed we missed it [pole] again, but it is what it is. Congrats again to Ed.”

 

Mark Crawford (IndyCar Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) on Indianapolis 500 qualifying:  "I believe today demonstrated that, this year, both engine manufacturers are very evenly matched.  It should make for a very competitive and entertaining race next weekend.  I want to thank everyone involved in the Indy car program at HPD, the trackside team, the build shop and all of our support personnel, for a ‘job well done’ after many, many long hours both at the track and back in Santa Clarita.  Congratulations to James Hinchcliffe for an outstanding qualifying performance this weekend, and to all of our drivers and teams who made the ‘final nine’ today.  We’re looking forward to next Sunday and another exciting Indianapolis 500.”

 



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