Andretti Paces Honda Field in Opening Day Practice for Indy 500

5/3/2015

Honda Racing Report

Sunday, May 3, 2015

 

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day

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

2014 Winner:     Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) 186.563 mph average

Weather:           Mostly cloudy, mild, 72 degrees F

       
   
 
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Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Speed

Notes

  1.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

226.772

 

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

226.468

 

  3.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

226.268

 

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

225.881

 

  5.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

225.641

 

  6.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

225.571

 

  7.

Simona de Silvestro

Andretti Autosport

Honda

225.317

 

  8.

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

225.257

 

  9.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

225.208

 

10.

Sage Karam

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

224.931

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

224.867

 

12.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

224.718

 

15.

Justin Wilson

Andretti Autosport

Honda

224.285

 

16.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

223.886

 

18.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

223.683

 

19.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

223.578

 

20.

Conor Daly

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

223.288

 

21.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

223.191

 

24.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

222.604

 

25.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

221.714

 

 

 

Andretti Leads Honda Effort as Indianapolis 500 Practice Begins

·       Opening Day for Indy 500 preparation, qualifying set for May 17-18 

·       Oval practice precedes Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis road course event

 

Marco Andretti led the way for Honda and his Andretti Autosport team in Opening Day practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday in preparation for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Andretti posted the third-fastest speed, an average of 226.268 mph, as 27 drivers took to the historic 2.5-mile oval.

 

Speeds increased dramatically during the final 30 minutes of the day-long practice, as drivers took advantage of the large number of cars on track to draft one another for a fast lap.  Gabby Chaves, Honda’s sole first-year Indy car driver in this year’s 500, successfully completed his traditional Rookie Orientation Practice Sunday morning, prior to running the afternoon session and posting the 12th fastest speed.  Making his debut with Andretti Autosport, veteran Justin Wilson led the morning practice session and was 15th for the day.

 

After today’s oval practice at Indianapolis, focus now shifts to the circuit’s 2.45-mile road course and preparations for the second annual Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Saturday, May 9.

 

Marco Andretti (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) 3rd fastest in Indy 500 Opening Day Practice: “It was interesting; there are still some gremlins to work out.  We have an overwhelming laundry list of changes to try.  Fortunately, we still have some time to do that.  I’m pleased with the speed.  The only thing I wasn’t pleased with was the balance of the car, but we’ve still got a lot of things to throw at that, and it’s very, very early.



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