Honda, Rossi Win Indy

5/29/2016

Honda Racing Report

Sunday, May 29, 2016

 

Indianapolis 500

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

2015 Winner:     Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske) 161.341 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, hot, 88 degrees F

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

 

Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Laps

Notes

  1.

11.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti-Herta Autosport

Honda

200

166.634 mph average

  2.

  5.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

200

+4.4975 seconds

  3.

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

  4.

18.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

  5.

16.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

  6.

15.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

  7.

  1.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Mtspts

Honda

200

Led 27 laps

  8.

13.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

  9.

19.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

10.

  6.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

200

 

11.

  9.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

200

 

12.

10.

Oriol Servia

Schmidt Peterson Mtspts

Honda

200

 

13.

14.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

200

 

14.

26.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

200

 

15.

22.

Max Chilton-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

200

 

16.

31.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

200

 

17.

33.

Alex Tagliani

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

200

 

18.

25.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

199

Running

19.

  8.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

199

Running

20.

21.

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda  

199

Running

21.

  4.

Townsend Bell

Andretti Autosport

Honda

199

Running

22.

27.

Matt Brabham-R

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

199

Running

23.

28.

Bryan Clauson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda  

198

Running

24.

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

198

Running, Led 52 laps

25.

29.

Spencer Pigot-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

195

Running

26.

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

163

Did not finish – contact

27.

  7.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Mtspts

Honda

126

Did not finish – contact

31.

30.

Stefan Wilson-R

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

119

Did not finish – mechanical

27.

24.

Conor Daly

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

115

Did not finish – crash

23.

32.

Buddy Lazier

Lazier-Burns Racing

Chevrolet

100

Did not finish – mechanical

31.

20.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

  98

Did not finish – mechanical

32.

23.

Sage Karam

Dreyr & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

  93

Did not finish – crash

33.

17.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

  63

Did not finish – crash

 

R – Indy 500 R

 

Rookie Rossi, Honda Win 100th Indianapolis 500

·       Alexander Rossi extends final fuel run for 36 laps to claim historic victory

·       Record-extending 11th Indy triumph for Honda

·       Carlos Munoz completes 1-2 finish for Honda, Andretti Autosport

 

Hondas have always been known for their exceptional fuel economy.  Sunday, Indy rookie Alexander Rossi stretched his final tank of fuel for 36 laps to the checkers – four more laps than any other competitor – to win the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.  On a similar strategy, Carlos Munoz ran an impressive 32 laps after his final fill-up to make it a 1-2 finish for Honda and the Andretti Autosport team.

 

But Sunday’s victory for Rossi and Honda wasn’t just about saving fuel.  He also turned the fastest lap of the race, at an average of 225.288 mph, with his Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti producing the second-fastest race lap, at 224.772 mph.

 

Today’s victory was a record-extending 11th for Honda in 16 attempts at the “500”, starting in 1994, the most of any major automobile manufacturer.  Rossi was one of seven Honda drivers to lead portions of today’s race.  Pole qualifier James Hinchclife and outside front-row starter Ryan Hunter-Reay combined to lead all but two of the first 30 laps.  Other Honda leaders included Munoz, Townsend Bell, Bryan Clauson and Alex Tagliani.

 

A series of mid-race incidents led several teams – including those of Rossi, Munoz and Tagliani – to go “off-sequence” on their pit strategy.  That proved to be the correct call when Takuma Sato brushed the wall on Lap 163, bringing out the caution flag just inside the final pit window for both Rossi and Munoz.  Restarting in seventh and eight, respectively, the pair cycled up the order as the leaders made their final stops for a splash of fuel in the closing laps.  It was only on Lap 197 that Rossi assumed the lead, taking the checkers one lap later as the newest American winner of the Indianapolis 500.

 

Video recaps from this month’s Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including today’s 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 three races over the next two weeks, starting with next weekend’s June 4-5 double-header weekend with races both Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Alexander Rossi (#98 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda) started 11th, finished 1st, first rookie 500 winner in 16 years, first IndyCar Series victory:  “I have no idea how we pulled that off!  We struggled a bit in the early pit stops, but then Bryan [Herta, team co-owner] came up with an unbelievable strategy.  Ryan [Hunter-Reay] was incredibly helpful, he gave me a tow at the end to produce an amazing 1-2 result.  It’s phenomenal.  It will change my life, for sure.  I have to thank Michael Andretti and Bryan for giving me such a wonderful race car all month.  I’ll cherish the fact that, at one point, we were last, but we rolled the dice and we came through and made it happen.  The [winner’s] milk tasted better than anything I’ve ever had.”

 

Carlos Munoz (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) started 5th, finished 2nd: “I knew I had the car to win in the first half of the race.  I was just holding my position, the engine was pulling so good.  But the last part of the race, I was pushing really hard. I was sliding everywhere the last two stints.  I was really disappointed to get second, just half a lap short.  But man, it was a close one.  I am happy for the team, 1-2 for Andretti, 1-2 for Honda.  One day, I will win this race.”

 

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race and 11th Honda victory at the Indianapolis 500:  “That 100th running of the Indy 500 had a little bit of everything:  clean, long runs at the beginning, followed by unfortunate incidents in the pits mid-race, to finish up as a strategy and fuel economy nail-biter – all the things that make Indy car racing exciting.  After dominating the first half of the race, it was gratifying to know that we had enough depth to cover both the fuel economy strategy, and the max power strategy.  It makes all the incredibly hard work performed by HPD over the past year worthwhile.  Congratulations to Alexander [Rossi] for an incredible performance in his ‘500’ debut.”



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