Honda optimistic of netting 10th consecutive Indy 500

Alex Tagliani the best of the Honda runners to qualify for the 500

Alex Tagliani the best of the Honda runners to qualify for the 500

Honda remains confident it can win a 10th straight victory in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday despite being overshadowed in the extensive practice and qualifying runs.

Local hero Ed Carpenter produced a giant-killing performance when he steered his Chevrolet-powered machine to the pole.

In fact Chevrolet cars fill the first 10 places on the grid with veteran Alex Tagliani the best of the Honda runners to start from 11th position.

The next best Japanese-powered runners are Justin Wilson (14th) and the two Chip Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti in 16th and 17th.

Honda is unbeaten since Buddy Rice’s 2004 victory although put in perspective it has had precious little competition for the majority of that period.

In 2012 Franchitti and Dixon finished one-two with the Scot claiming his third win at the Brickyard.

“Last year’s win by Dario and 1-2 finish for Honda was a milestone event for Honda Performance Development,” Art St. Cyr, HPD president, said.

“While we take a great deal of pride in the unprecedented record of performance and reliability achieved by HPD during our six-year run as sole supplier, the challenges provided by manufacturer competition validate Honda’s reason for racing.

“Once again, Chevrolet has presented a stern challenge for our engineers and partner teams but that simply encourages us to redouble our efforts.”

Seven teams are using the Honda HI13RT Indy V6 engine that is designed and manufactured by HPD at Torrance in California.

Indy 500 grid

 1 Ed Carpenter Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Dallara 228.762mph Top-nine shootout
 2 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.342 Top-nine shootout
 3 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.261 Top-nine shootout
 4 E.J. Visoi Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.150 Top-nine shootout
 5 A.J. Allmendinger Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 228.099 Top-nine shootout
 6 Will Power Penske Chevrolet Dallara 228.087 Top-nine shootout
 7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 228.091 Top-nine shootout
 8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 227.762 Top-nine shootout
 9 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 227.070 Top-nine shootout
10 JR Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 227.441 First Day
11 Alex Tagliani Barracuda Racing/BHA Honda Dallara 227.386 First Day
12 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 226.949 First Day
13 Oriol Servia RR Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 226.814 First Day
14 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 226.370 First Day
15 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara 226.196 First Day
16 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 226.158 First Day
17 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 226.069 First Day
18 Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 225.892 First Day
19 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 225.880 First Day
20 James Jakes Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 225.809 First Day
21 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda Dallara 225.67 First Day
22 Townsend Bell Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 225.643 First Day
23 Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 225.265 First Day
24 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 225.226 Second Day
25 Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara 225.731 Second Day
26 Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 224.184 Second Day
27 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara 224.929 Second Day
28 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 225.007 Second Day
29 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara 224.873 Second Day
30 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 224.005 Second Day
31 Conor Daly A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 223.582 Second Day
32 Buddy Lazier Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet Dallara 223.442 Second Day
33 Katherine Legge Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara 223.176 Second Day

 

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