Andretti Again Paces Honda Field in Practice for Indy 500

5/11/2015

Honda Racing Report

Monday, May 11, 2015

 

Indianapolis 500 Practice

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, mid-day shower, mild, 72 degrees F

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Indianapolis 500 Monday, May 11, Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Speed

Notes

  1.

Sage Karam

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

225.802

 

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

225.293

 

  3.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

225.217

 

  4.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

225.184

 

  5.

JR Hildebrand

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

224.760

 

  6.

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

224.738

 

  7.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

224.693

 

  8.

Justin Wilson

Andretti Autosport

Honda

224.242

 

  9.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

224.239

 

10.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

224.193

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

224.174

 

12.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

224.173

 

13.

Simona de Silvestro

Andretti Autosport

Honda

223.684

 

15.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

223.582

 

16.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

223.499

 

18.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

223.301

 

21.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

222.034

 

22.

Conor Daly

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

221.742

 

25.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

219.267

 

27.

Carlos Huertas

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

216.993

 

 

Andretti Leads Honda Effort in Monday’s Indianapolis 500 Practice

·       Four Honda drivers in top-10 positions

·       Qualifying set for May 17-18, 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24

 

As he did in the May 3 “Opening Day” test session, Marco Andretti led the way for Honda and his Andretti Autosport team in practice Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. 

 

Andretti posted the fourth-fastest speed, after leading most of the session with an average of 225.184 mph, until a series of “Happy Hour” speeds from the Chip Ganassi Racing trio of Sage Karam, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan shuffled him down the speed chart.

 

Two more Andretti Autosport drivers, Carlos Munoz and Justin Wilson, posted the sixth and seventh-fastest speeds today, with Takuma Sato, eighth.  Gabby Chaves posted the fastest speed by an Indy rookie, 12th overall.  In all, 30 drivers took to the historic 2.5-mile oval on an overcast and windy day.

 

Practice continues through the week at Indianapolis, with qualifying to set the field of 33 starting Saturday, May 16 and concluding on Sunday, May 17.  Television coverage on ABC begins at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday and 1 p.m. EDT Sunday.

 

Marco Andretti (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) 4th fastest: “We got through a lot of test items on our list today. We needed to mileage out the engine and for only having one set of tires, I’m pretty pleased with where things progressed. But I think there’s still a lot of speed coming for the 27 Honda.  I’ve never wanted something as badly as I want an Indy 500 win. I love this place and there is so much history and meaning here at IMS for my family. Winning at Indy would be such a huge weight off my shoulders. We’ve been close and it feels like we are knocking on the door every year. I think we are capable.”



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