Andretti Leads Honda 1-2-3-4 in Opening Day at Indianapolis

5/16/2016

Honda Racing Report

Monday, May 16, 2016

 

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day

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

2015 Winner:     Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske) 161.343 mph average

Weather:           Mostly cloudy, mild, 64 degrees F

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Speed

Notes

  1.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

228.978

 

  2.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

228.945

 

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

228.033

 

  4.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

224.865

 

  5.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

226.835

 

  6.

Townsend Bell

Andretti Autosport

Honda

226.724

 

  7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

225.858

 

  8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

225.326

 

  9.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

224.981

 

10.

Bryan Clauson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

224.767

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

15.

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

224.387

 

19.

Oriol Servia

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

224.042

 

20.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

223.826

 

21.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

223.522

 

24.

Spencer Pigot-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

222.816

 

26.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

222.486

 

29.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

221.319

 

30.

Alex Tagliani

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

220.715

 

31.

Conor Daly

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

217.627

 

32.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

213.586

 

 

 

Andretti Leads Honda 1-2-3-4 as Indianapolis 500 Practice Begins

·       Marco Andretti and teammates sweep Opening Day for Indy 500 preparation

·       Alexander Rossi runs fourth, leads rookie field

·       Seven Honda drivers, three Honda teams in top 10

 

Marco Andretti led the way for Honda and his Andretti Autosport team in Opening Day practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday in preparation for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.  In a day of fast speeds at the “Brickyard”, Andretti led a 1-2-3-4 sweep for Honda on the day, with his Andretti Autosport teammates Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi rounding out the top four positions on the speed chart.

 

Townsend Bell, in a fifth Andretti Autosport entry, Graham Rahal of Rahal Lanigan Racing and Dale Coyne Racing’s Bryan Clauson also posted top 10 efforts on the day.  Speeds increased dramatically under nearly ideal conditions during the final hour 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.  All 33 driver/team combinations took to the famed 2.5-mile oval for at least a portion of the day’s activities, and Rossi led the five-driver rookie contingent.

 

Marco Andretti (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) fastest in Indy 500 Opening Day Practice: “Definitely a good start for the entire team. With the weather [forecast] we moved some of our [practice] plans up a few days.  I definitely know how this month goes, it’s a roller coaster, but this was a good first day.  These were picture-perfect conditions today. Next week will likely be warmer, so it’s too early to read much into things today.  I think we’ll see more of the way things will play out in the next several days.  As always in Indy car, ther10-15, or more, potential winners in the field here.”



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