Honda, Hinchcliffe Claim Indy 500 Pole

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Honda Racing Report

Sunday, May 22, 2016

 

Indianapolis 500 Final Qualifying

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

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

Weather:           Sunny, breezy, warm, 81 degrees F

 

 

Indianapolis 500 Starting Field:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed MPH

Notes

  1.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

230.760

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

230.700

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay-W

Andretti Autosport

Honda

230.648

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

 

  4.

Townsend Bell

Andretti Autosport

Honda

230.481

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

  5.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

230.287

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

  6.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

229.669

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

 

  7.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

229.562

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

  8.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

229.139

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

  9.

Helio Castroneves-W

Team Penske

Chevrolet

229.115

Fast Nine Pole Shootout

 

10.

Oriol Servia

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

229.060

 

11.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda

228.473

 

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

228.029

 

 

13.

Scott Dixon-W

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

227.991

 

14.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

227.969

 

15.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

227.876

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

227.822

 

17.

J-Pablo Montoya-W

Team Penske

Chevrolet

227.684

 

18.

Tony Kanaan-W

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

227.430

 

 

19.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

227.428

 

20.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

227.226

 

21.

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

227.192

 

 

22.

Max Chilton-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

226.686

 

23.

Sage Karam

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

226.436

 

24.

Conor Daly

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

226.312

 

 

25.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

226.006

 

26.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

225.847

 

27.

Matt Brabham-R

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

225.727

 

 

28.

Bryan Clauson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

225.266

 

29.

Spencer Pigot-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

224.847

 

30.

Stefan Wilson-R

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

224.602

 

 

31.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

224.596

 

32.

Buddy Lazier-W

Lazier-Burns Racing

Chevrolet

222.154

 

33.

Alex Tagliani

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

No speed

Crashed in qualifying

 

 

W – Previous Indy 500 Champion [6 former winners in the field]

R – Indy 500 Rookie [5 race rookies in the field]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
   
 
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Hinchcliffe, Honda Claim Indy 500 Pole

·       James Hinchcliffe to lead the field to the start of the 100th Indianapolis 500

·       Honda drivers claim four of the top five starting positions

·       Ninth Honda pole in 16 “500s”

 

After a thrilling final-hour performance on Saturday, James Hinchcliffe again delivered when it mattered the most, claiming the pole Sunday for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500, edging Josef Newgarden and fellow Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay by the narrowest of margins in the final qualifying run of the day.  It is Hinchcliffe’s first “500” pole, and the ninth for Honda at the historic Brickyard.

 

Hinchcliffe’s run of nearly 231 mph on Saturday secured first-round qualifying honors, and meant he would be the last of five Honda drivers vying or the pole during today’s “Fast Nine” shootout.  The fourth driver to make a run, Newgarden posted a four-lap average of 230.700 mph that moved him to the top of the speed chart.  After both Helio Castroneves and Will Power came up sort, the next-to-last qualifier, Hunter-Reay came close to toppling him, but ended his four-lap run fractionally slower, at 230.648 mph. 

 

That left Hinchcliffe as the final driver to qualify, and just over a year after a practice-session crash resulted in life-threatening injuries, “Hinch” produced a four-lap average speed of 230.760 mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis oval to claim the pole for himself, his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team, and Honda.  It was Hinchcliffe’s first Indianapolis 500 pole, after qualifying second in 2014.

 

Behind Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport drivers Townsend Bell and Carlos Munoz claimed the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, and Hinchcliffe’s teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, will start seventh.  Honda drivers also dominated today’s second-round qualifying – for starting positions 10-33 – with Oriol Servia, top rookie Alexander Rossi, and Takuma Sato qualifying 10th through 12th; and Marco Andretti, 14th.

 

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) pole qualifier for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, his first “500” pole:  "I mean, I try not to think about [what it means to qualify on the pole] too much. We still have a long race to get through one week from today.  One day, I’ll appreciate it a lot more.  It all starts right here, with Sam [Schmidt] and Ric [Peterson].  They built this incredible team. It starts from the top, but goes to all the crew guys who build and run these cars.  This is a point of pride today for the team, for Honda and all the incredible work they’ve done. It [qualifying] was a great run, the car was stellar.  I have to thank my teammates a huge amount, we communicated well all week long. The car definitely was on the ragged edge, it was getting free-er and free-er every lap and I was moving the weight jacker all the time.  But that’s what it takes to win the pole here.  I kinda feel bad for Josef, but not THAT bad. I’ve been there before (narrowly missing the pole in 2014).  There’s still one big thing to check off the box before we start talking “movie rights”, and that’s next Sunday.  I hope a week from now we have an even better story to tell.”

Art St. Cyr (president, Honda Performance Development) on today’s ninth Indianapolis 500 pole or Honda:  “It’s a great day for Honda. This is culmination of 12 months of incredibly hard work and focus on the Indy 500.  Congratulations to everyone at HPD, who has worked so tirelessly to not just close the gap we experienced last year, but to back put us on top.  Our partners at Schmidt-Peterson, Andretti Autosport, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, and all of our teams have worked equally hard to achieve this common goal.  A special congratulations to “Hinch” and Ryan for putting it all on the line for the pole and front-row starting positions.  But we all know, the true goal arrives next Sunday:  to win the 100th Indianapolis 500.”



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