Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Racing Report

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – May 17, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Circuit:

2015 Winner:

Weather:

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

Juan Pablo Mantoya (Team Penske) 161.343 mph average

Mostly cloudy, mild, 64 degrees

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:

Ps.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

Driver

Marco Andretti

Carlos Munoz

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Alexander Rossi-R

Scott Dixon

Townsend Bell

Charlie Kimball

Graham Rahal

Will Power

Bryan Clauson

Team

Andretti Autosport

Andretti Autosport

Andretti Autosport

Andretti Herta Autosport

Chip Ganassi Racing

Andretti Autosport

Chip Ganassi Racing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Team Penske

Dale Coyne Racing

Manufacturer

Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Chevrolet

Honda

Chevrolet

Honda

Chevrolet

Honda

Best Speed

228.978

228.945

228.033

224.865

226.835

226.724

225.858

225.326

224.981

224.767

Other Honda-powered Results:

Ps.

15.

19.

20.

21.

24.

26.

29.

30.

31.

32.

Driver

Gabby Chaves

Oriol Servia

Takuma Sato

Pippa Mann

Spencer Pigot-R

Mikhail Aleshin

James Hinchsliffe

Alex Tagliani

Conor Daly

Jack Hawksworth

Team

Dale Coyne Racing

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

A.J. Foyt Racing

Dale Coyne Racing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

A.J. Foyt Racing

Dale Coyne Racing

A.J. Foyt Racing

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Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Honda

Best Time

224.387

224.042

223.826

223.522

222.816

222.486

221.319

220.715

217.627

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.

Marco Andretti (left) led the way for his father Michael’s (ri

Marco Andretti (left) led the way for his father Michael’s (right) team and Honda in
Opening Day practice for the Indianapolis 500

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, there are 10-15, or more, potential winners in the field here.”

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