Rahal Finishes Fifth for Honda at Indianapolis 500

5/24/2015

Honda Racing Report

Sunday, May 24, 2015

 

Indianapolis 500

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

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

Weather:           Mostly sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Laps

Notes

  1.

15.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

200

161.341 mph average

  2.

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

200

+0.1046 seconds

  3.

14.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

  4.

  1.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

200

Led 84 laps

  5.

17.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

200

 

  6.

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

200

 

  7.

  5.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

200

 

  8.

10.

JR Hildebrand

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

200

 

  9.

  9.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Honda

200

 

10.

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

200

 

11.

  7.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

12.

31.

Ryan Briscoe

Schmidt Peterson

Honda

200

 

13.

24.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

200

 

14.

23.

Townsend Bell

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

15.

16.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

200

 

16.

26.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

200

Top rookie finisher

17.

20.

Alex Tagliani

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

200

 

18.

19.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson

Honda

200

 

19.

18.

Simona de Silvestro

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

200

 

20.

11.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

200

Late fuel stop

21.

  6.

Justin Wilson

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

199

Running, late fuel stop

22.

25.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

197

Running

23.

27.

Sebastian Saavedra

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

175

Did not finish – crash

24.

28.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

175

Did not finish – crash 

25.

29.

Stefano Coletti-R

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

175

Did not finish – crash

26.

  4.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

151

Did not finish – crash

27.

33.

James Davison

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

116

Did not finish – crash

28.

32.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

116

Did not finish – crash

29.

13.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

112

Did not finish – crash

30.

12.

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

112

Did not finish – crash

31.

30.

Bryan Clauson

KV Racing Technoloty

Chevrolet

  61

Did not finish – crash

32.

21.

Sage Karam

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

    0

Did not finish – crash

33.

22.

Conor Daly

Schmidt Peterson

Honda

    0

Did not start – mechanical

 

R – Indy 500 Rookie

 

Rahal Finishes Fifth for Honda at Indianapolis 500

·       Sixth-place finish for Marco Andretti

·       Fuel gambles by Justin Wilson, Carlos Munoz come up short

·       Gabby Chaves leads rookie field

 

Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti led the way for Honda Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

 

Starting 17th, Rahal gained ground steadily throughout the first third of the 200-lap contest, reaching the top 10 on Lap 68.  The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver continued to battle his way forward, finally moving to fifth in the closing laps as the top Honda finisher.  Starting on the third row of the grid, eighth, Andretti struggled early with handling issues, but was able to improve the car through changes at successive pit stops, then gained positions with aggressive re-starts after cautions late in the race to finish sixth.

After featuring in the first 60 laps, Justin Wilson was forced to make on unscheduled pit stop due to a vibration, going a lap down to the leaders.  A strong recovery drive and a pit strategy gamble got Wilson back on the lead lap, and briefly in the lead, but he was forced to pit for fuel with just two laps remaining and finished 21st.  His Andretti Autosport teammate, Carlos Munoz, also ran in the top 10, but received a drive-through penalty for speeding in pit lane mid-race.  Afterwards, his team also went “off-sequence” in it’s pit strategy, but like Wilson needed a final splash of fuel to make the finish, dropping him to 20th at the checkers.

 

Gabby Chaves skidded into one of his Bryan Herta Autosport crew during the first round of pit stops, but both he and the team recovered to finish 16th, the top rookie in the field.

 

Ryan Briscoe, substituting for the injured James Hinchcliffe in the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, made the largest start-to-finish position gain in today’s 200-lap event, finishing 12th after starting 31st.  Hinchcliffe, who sustained leg and pelvis injuries when suspension failure resulted in a 125-G Turn 3 crash on Monday, continues to be treated at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, but is expected to make a full recovery.

 

Video recaps from this month’s Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including the Grand Prix of Indianapolis road race and today’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, 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

 

IndyCar Series teams and drivers now prepare for a hectic schedule of four races over the next three weeks, starting with next weekend’s “Dual at Detroit” May 30-31, a double-header event with races both Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit in Michigan.

 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 6 of 16 rounds):

1. Juan Pablo Montoya272 points (2 wins)                    6. Joseph Newgarden                        173 (1 win)

2. Will Power                 247 (1 win)                     7. Sebastien Bourdais         171

3. Scott Dixon               212 (1 win)                    8. Charlie Kimball                           160

4. Helio Castroneves     206                                9. Marco Andretti               151

5. Graham Rahal          204                                10. Tony Kanaan                  147

 

Manufacturers’ Championship:     

1. Chevrolet                            586 (5 wins)                           

2. Honda                       573 (1 win)                  

 

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) started 17th, finished 5th at the Indianapolis 500: “I’m proud of this team. We pushed as hard as we could. I keep saying to the guys that the biggest thing is to keep coming home in the points. If we can be the top finishing Honda and gain some points, then we’ve had a successful day. Obviously the three guys we are trying to keep up with in the championship all finished ahead of us, but still I feel very good about it.  I’m very proud this organization for turning our results around. Coming off the last two years here, I can’t tell you how good this feels.  With 15 laps to go, to have to charge up from ninth was pretty tricky. Overall, I thought the racing was pretty good.”

 

Art St. Cyr (president, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Indianapolis 500:  “Today’s race clearly demonstrated the job we have ahead of us.  But we gained a lot of information during the month here, and now have definitive goals we need to achieve in order to return Honda to the front of the field.   Congratulations to Graham [Rahal] and Marco [Andretti], who once again did a great job for us, fighting hard and running competitively throughout the 200 laps.”   

 



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