Honda, Hinchcliffe Lead First-Round Qualifying at Indianapolis

5/21/2016

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, May 21, 2016

 

Indianapolis 500 First Round Qualifying Report

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

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

Weather:           Mostly sunny after overnight and morning showers, 74 degrees F

 

Indianapolis 500 First Round Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

230.946

 

  2.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

230.805

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

230.736

 

  4.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

230.500

 

  5.

Townsend Bell

Andretti Autosport

Honda

230.452

 

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

230.229

 

  7.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

230.209

 

  8.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

230.173

 

  9.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

230.102

 

Other Honda-powered Results

10.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

230.048

Top Rookie

11.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

230.037

 

16.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

228.096

 

17.

Conor Daly

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

227.862

 

21.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

227.437

 

22.

Bryan Clauson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

227.110

 

23.

Spencer Pigot-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

227.100

 

24.

Oriol Servia

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

226.893

 

28.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

225.388

 

29.

Alex Tagliani

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

224.507

 

 

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

No speed

Wave off

 

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

No speed

Crash

Nil:

Hinchcliffe, Honda Lead First-Round Qualifying at Indianapolis

·       Second run for Hinchcliffe secures top speed and Sunday pole effort

·       Five Honda drivers qualify for “Fast Nine” pole shootout

·       Sunday final qualifying to set 33-car starting field

 

A thrilling late-afternoon qualifying run by James Hinchcliffe of nearly 231 mph secured first-round qualifying honors Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Honda drivers claimed the top two preliminary qualifying positions and five of the “Fast Nine” who will contend for the pole in Sunday’s final qualifying.

 

Just over a year after a practice-session crash resulted in life-threatening injuries for Hinchcliffe, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver produced a four-lap average speed of 230.946 mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis oval to claim fastest speed of the day, with fellow Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay second at 230.805 mph. 

 

Andretti Autosport drivers Townsend Bell and Carlos Munoz, fifth and eighth, respectively; and Hinchcliffe’s teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, who posted the seventh-fastest qualifying run just as time expired, also advanced to Sunday’s “Fast Nine” pole shootout.

 

In the third year of the current qualifying format, the nine fastest drivers from today’s first-round qualifying will contend for the pole on Sunday, with each driver making a single attempt for the coveted pole position.  The remaining drivers are assured of making the “field of 33”, but will qualify again tomorrow to determine their starting positions.  

 

Live television coverage for Sunday’s final qualifying will again be on ABC, starting at 4 p.m. EDT.  The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 29, with live coverage on ABC starting at 11 a.m. EDT.

 

James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) fastest in first-round qualifying:  "The car was pretty good.  What am I talking about? It was really good.  In our first [qualifying] run, I made some mistakes. So we went back and made a couple of changes to the car, and the car was extremely consistent throughout the second run.  That made the difference.  Being fastest today doesn’t really mean much more than bragging rights, but it gets us in the “Fast Nine” and a shot at the pole tomorrow.  That’s what we really wanted.  This race track means a lot to me, to everyone in the sport.  After the deal [his accident and severe injuries] a year ago, it seems like everyone in this city has supported us. I think [all the drivers] sitting up here will tell you that the competitive spirit fighting to get into the Fast Nine made for a very exciting format today.”

 



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