Honda Drivers Fast in “Carb Day” at Indianapolis

SPEEDWAY, IN – May 26, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

  • Takuma Sato heads Honda effort in final practice prior to the Indy 500 
  • Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation concludes
  • Fernando Alonso again paces rookies, runs fifth overall

Veteran Takuma Sato led the way for Honda Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting the second-fastest speed in his Andretti Autosport Honda during the traditional “Carb Day” final practice session prior to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Sato led a string of Honda drivers who finished the session in positions two through seven in the hour-long practice.  Tony Kanaan, winner here in 2013, posted the third fastest speed in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, with teammate, pole qualifier – and 2008 “500” winner – Scott Dixon in fourth.

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso continued his impressive rookie performance at the “Brickyard”, ending the day fifth overall and again leading the rookie field.  Graham Rahal looked particularly strong in traffic while posting the sixth-fastest speed of the day, while defending race winner Alexander Rossi ranked seventh.  Another former Indy winner, 2014 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, completed the top 10 for Honda.

Today’s final practice concludes on-track activities for the Verizon IndyCar Series until race day.  The green flag for 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 waves just after noon EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on ABC starting at 11 a.m. EDT.

Takuma Sato (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) second fastest in final Indianapolis 500 practice today: “To be honest, this has been a great experience. I really enjoy working with Andretti Autosport. It’s working really seamlessly, very smooth. Monday after the qualify, we did a lot of race [simulations] with the various different setups and downforce changes. And come to today, with Carb Day, the car felt really good. So that was a great sign because it’s just no surprise. You don’t want to have any surprise on Carb Day because all the work you’ve done in the last week, this is the result. We have a car and we’re ready for Sunday.”

Indianapolis 500 “Carb Day” Final 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, 75 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 7 Results:

Ps. Driver       Team Manufacturer Best Speed Notes
  1. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 227.377  
  2. Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Honda 226.802  
  3. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 226.757  
  4. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 226.685
  5. Fernando Alonso-R McLaren Honda-Andretti Honda 226.608  
  6. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 226.386
  7. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 226.355  
  8. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 226.203
  9. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 226.187  
10. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 225.903  

Other Honda-powered Results:

12. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 225.691  
14. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 225.082  
16. James Davison Dale Coyne Racing Honda 225.018  
17. Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 224.969  
19. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 224.793  
21. Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 224.625  
22. Jay Howard Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 224.541  
23. Ed Jones-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 224.526  
24. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 224.372  
28. Jack Harvey-R Michael Shank-Andretti Honda 223.222  
29. Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 223.062  

Source: Honda North America