Honda IndyCar Houston Race 2 Report

6/29/2014

Honda Racing Report

Sunday, June 29, 2014

 

Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers

Race 1 Report

Circuit:                             NRG Park (1.63-mile temporary street circuit) Houston, Texas

2013 Winners:   Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 76.856 mph average

                            Race 2 Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) 78.444 mph average

Weather:           Partly cloudy, hot, humid, 92 degrees F

 

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

  1.

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  

Honda Dallara

90

78.981 mph. avg.; Led 43 laps

  2.

  2.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

90

+7.2622 seconds

  3.

23.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

90

 

  4.

19.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

90

 

  5.

11.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV-SH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

90

 

  6.

21.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

90

 

  7.

14.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

90

 

  8.

15.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

90

 

  9.

16.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

90

 

10.

  8.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

90

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

  6.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

89

Running

14.

  7.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

89

Running

15.

12.

Luca Filippi-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

88

Did not finish – crash

16.

  4.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

87

Running

19.

10.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

74

Did not finish – crash

20.

22.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

61

Did not finish – wheel

22.

  9.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

40

Did not finish – crash

23.

13.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

  2

Did not finish – off course

 

Honda Completes Houston Sweep

·       Simon Pagenaud scores his second win of 2014 in Sunday’s 1-2-3 Honda sweep

·       Follows Honda win in Saturday’s opening race by rookie Carlos Huertas

·       Honda drivers claim five of six podium positions on the weekend

 

Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud dominated Sunday’s second race of the Grand Prix of Houston Presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers, “double header” Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend, taking a commanding lead in the second half of the 90-lap contest and maintaining his advantage though several late-race caution flags. 

 

It was Pagenaud’s second victory of 2014, following his earlier triumph at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, and Honda’s fifth Indy car victory of the season.  After stalking pole qualifier and early leader Helio Castroneves for the opening half of the race, Pagenaud made his move for the lead on a Lap 49 restart. Once in front, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver was never headed, maintaining his advantage even through the final round of pit stops.

 

Pagenaud’s rookie teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, made it the first-ever 1-2 IndyCar Series finish for the Schmidt Peterson team while yet another rookie, Jack Hawksworth, completed Sunday’s podium sweep for Honda with a third-place finish for Bryan Herta Autosport.

 

Honda-powered rookies also starred in Saturday’s opening race, won by first-year Indy car driver Carlos Huertas of Dale Coyne Racing, with Rookie of the Year leader Carlos Munoz finishing third in his Andretti Autosport Honda, behind former series champion Juan Pablo Montoya.  

 

Michael Lam, from Houston, Texas, led the field prior to today’s race start in the two-seat Honda Indy car driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk.  For more information on the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes, go to www.shophonda.com. 

 

Video News Releases from this weekend’s action in Houston are being posted on a “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group.  CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside.

 

Today’s double header race weekend in Houston started a run of six races during a four-week period.  The Verizon IndyCar Series now travels to Pennsylvania for the July 6 Pocono INDYCAR 500, the second leg of the oval track “triple crown” of 500-mile races. 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 10 of 18 rounds):

1. Will Power                405 points (2 wins)                    6. Marco Andretti                  281

2. Helio Castroneves     366 (1 win)                      7. Carlos Munoz (R)            270

3. Ryan Hunter-Reay     364 (2 wins)                   8. Sebastien Bourdais         242

4. Simon Pagenaud      346 (2 wins)                  9. Scott Dixon                     237

5. Juan Pablo Montoya289                               10. James Hinchcliffe          230

 

Manufacturers’ Championship:     

1. Chevrolet                              1,300 (5 wins)                     

2. Honda                         1,005 (5 wins)                     

 

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) Houston Race 2 winner:  “It was an awesome race; the car was just beautiful.  We had such a fast car this weekend.  It had grip, it had traction and the Honda engine had plenty of power.  We regrouped after [a disappointing race weekend in] Detroit and the team came up with this package.   Whew, it was really hot out there today, but a great day for the entire team.”

 

Tom Reichenbach (Senior Manager, Chief Engineer, Technical Division) on today’s race win and weekend sweep for Honda:  “This was a great weekend for Honda, with two wins and five out of six possible podium finishes, it just doesn’t get much better. In the two-week break since our last race, at Texas, everyone at HPD has been working very hard to improve the performance and driveability of the Honda Indy V6, and I think you saw the results of those efforts this weekend.  We’re always looking forward at HPD, and it was encouraging to see the strong performances from all of our Honda IndyCar Series rookies this weekend.  They’re the future of our sport, and we had all four full-season rookie drivers on the podium this weekend! Congratulations to Simon Pagenaud, Mikhail Aleshin and the entire Schmidt Peterson team, and to everyone at HPD.  Now let’s go out and get another ‘500’ victory next week at Pocono.”

 

For photos from today’s race, go to:

http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101721

 



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