Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

5/22/2017 9:41:00 PM

  • Max Chilton heads Honda 1-2-3 in penultimate practice prior to the Indy 500 
  • Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation continues
  • Ed Jones paces rookies, runs second overall

Chip Ganassi Racing's Max Chilton led a Honda 1-2-3 Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as – with qualifying competed – drivers and teams began their final preparations for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Rookie Ed Jones continued his impressive run at Indianapolis this month, leading the four-driver rookie contingent and finishing second-fastest overall in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda on a sunny, near-perfect day at the historic "Brickyard".  Scott Dixon, star of this weekend's qualifying runs with a blistering run of 232.164 mph to secure the pole for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing, rounded out the top three today.

Andretti Autosport's Takuma Sato ended Monday's practice in fifth.  Sato has been fast throughout practice and will start Sunday's race from the inside of the second row, fourth.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of the 2014 Indianapolis 500, had his Honda seventh on the speed chart today and will start the "500" from the inside of the fourth row, 10th.

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso was one of the busiest drivers on track today, completing more than 100 laps and ending the day ranked 12th.  He will start Sunday's race from the middle of the second row, fifth.

After eight days of practice and qualifying, action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway comes to a brief halt for the next three days as teams complete race preparations, followed by the traditional "Carb Day" final practice session on Friday and the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28.

Max Chilton (#8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) fastest in Indianapolis 500 practice today: "I was in the car today for the whole (three and a half-hour) session, outside of a short 10-minute window. We just wanted to get the laps in today. I don't think anyone is particularly happy with their car.  That's why I just wanted to get the laps in, because the more laps you do, the more you learn. We ended up being at the top of the timesheet, which doesn't really mean anything because I got a pretty nice tow. There was one run, where I was in completely clean air, and Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing just gave me a great car where I was pretty decent. It all bodes well for the race."

Indianapolis 500 Practice
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN
2016 Winner: Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) 166.634 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, mild, 68 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 6 Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Speed

Notes

  1.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

228.592

 

  2.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

228.118

 

  3.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

227.165

 

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

226.998

 

  5.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

226.806

 

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

226.705

 

  7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

226.542

 

  8.

Sage Karam

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

226.381

 

  9.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

226.376

 

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

226.224

 

Other Honda-powered Results:


12.

Fernando Alonso-R

McLaren Honda-Andretti

Honda

226.147

 

13.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

225.967

 

14.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

225.955

 

15.

Jay Howard

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

225.946

 

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

225.729

 

18.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

225.504

 

19.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

225.389

 

20.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

225.234

 

21.

Jack Harvey-R

Michael Shank-Andretti

Honda

224.823

 

28.

James Davison

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

223.670

 

29.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

223.520