Andretti Finishes Eighth for Honda at Long Beach

4/19/2015

Honda Racing Report

Sunday, April 19, 2015

 

Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

Circuit:                             Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, CA

2014 winner:     Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing] 82.362 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 72 degrees F 

 

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

  1.

  3.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

80

96.800 mph average speed

  2.

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

80

+2.221 seconds

  3.

  2.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

80

 

  4.

  5.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

80

 

  5.

  7.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

80

 

  6.

  9.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

80

 

  7.

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

80

 

  8.

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

80

 

  9.

12.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

80

 

10.

11.

Sebastian Saavedra

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

80

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

  8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

80

 

12.

13.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsport

Honda  

80

 

13.

  4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

80

 

14.

16.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

80

 

16.

17.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

80

 

17.

18.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

80

 

18.

20.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

80

 

19.

19.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsport

Honda

80

 

21.

22.

Francesco Dracone

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

78

Running

             

 

Andretti Leads Honda Field at Long Beach

·       Steady run nets eighth-place finish

·       Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Munoz finishes ninth

·       Handling problems hamper several Honda drivers

 

Andretti Autosport teammates Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz were among the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday for Honda and its Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and teams.

 

Starting 10th and 12th, respectively, Andretti and Munoz had trouble-free runs on the 1.968-mile Southern California street circuit, with Andretti proving to be the quickest Honda at Long Beach, moving ahead of fellow Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal to finish eighth.  Munoz had an equally uneventful run to take the checkers in ninth.

 

Hunter-Reay, in the third Andretti Autosport entry, started fourth, but lost two positions in the run to the first turn, and later struggled on the harder compound “primary” tires to finish a disappointed 13th.  Rahal likewise suffered from handling issues and finished 11th. 

 

After early-race contact resulted in a pit stop for repairs and a slightly off-sequence pit strategy, Jack Hawksworth led four laps during the first scheduled round of pit stops, but the lack of any late-race cautions dropped the A.J. Foyt Racing driver to 14th at the finish.

 

 

The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads back east for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for the fourth round of the 16-race 2015 season at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, starting 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 26, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda racing activities in Long Beach, including Verizon IndyCar, TUDOR sports car and Acura Pirelli World Challenge efforts, are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV

 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 3 of 16 rounds):

1. Juan Pablo Montoya119 points (1 win)                     6. Will Power                         80

2. Helio Castroneves     116                                7. Simon Pagenaud            73

3. Tony Kanaan              93                                 8. Sebastien Bourdais         66

4. Scott Dixon                 87 (1 win)                      9. Josef Newgarden             66

5. James Hinchcliffe      83 (1 win)                 10. Graham Rahal                62

 

Manufacturers’ Championship:     

2. Honda                       252 (1 win)                  

1. Chevrolet                            136 (2 wins) (penalized for early engine changes)                              

 

 

Marco Andretti (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) started 10th, finished 8th:  “It’s always nice to be in the top 10, but it’s a bit frustrating because we are sort of maximizing what we are dealt. I can see if we made mistakes and ended up eighth, then fine, but I’m not sure that we could have done better today. It will take a bit more development on everything and we’ll work for more in Barber next week.”

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) started 8th, finished 11th:  “We had an issue with the rear end of the car this morning in warm-up, but thought it would go away in the race.  Unfortunately, it didn’t and we struggled with keeping the rear of the car underneath us.  It was a major struggle to balance and maintain.  It’s unfortunate, because I was hoping today would be a day where we could make up some points, and we squandered the opportunity.”

 

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race in Long Beach:  “Obviously, this was a very disappointing day for all of us at Honda Performance Development.  We need to perform better.  We do believe we have identified the areas where we need to improve, and will spare nothing in our efforts to return Honda to victory circle in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

 

 



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