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IndyCar Series 2014

Round 05: Indy500

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May 18, 2014

Front Row Start for Honda, Hinchcliffe at the Indy 500

One week after being hospitalized for a concussion sustained at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, James Hinchcliffe qualified his Andretti Autosport Honda-Dallara second on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start next weekend’s 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race from the middle of the front row.

Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)zoom
Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)
Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)zoom
Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

After posting the fourth-fastest speed in first-round qualifying on Saturday, Hinchcliffe was one of five Honda-powered drivers to advance to the “Fast Nine Shootout”, a new format for 2014 to set the first three rows of the starting field for next weekend’s Memorial Day weekend classic.

Earlier, Hinchcliffe was forced to rest for three days after suffering a concussion when debris struck his helmet during last weekend’s race. He was cleared to return to driving mid-week, and quickly demonstrated he was fully up to speed, posting the fourth-fastest time in first-round qualifying on Saturday to advance to the pole shootout. His four-lap average of 230.839 mph was bettered only by Ed Carpenter, who scored his second consecutive “500” pole with an average of 231.067 mph. Carpenter’s pole speed is the fastest qualifying run at Indianapolis since 2003, when Helio Castroneves established a mark of 231.725 mph.

Other Honda drivers to take part in the pole shootout included Simon Pagenaud, who will start fifth for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports; Marco Andretti, sixth for Andretti Autosport; Carlos Munoz - last year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year - who will start seventh; and Josef Newgarden, who qualified eighth for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

A trio of Indy rookies starred in second-round qualifying run earlier today at the Speedway. NASCAR star Kurt Busch led the way for Honda, posting the 12th-fastest speed in his Andretti Autosport entry, while Jack Hawksworth will start his first “500” from the inside of the fifth row, 13th. Mikhail Aleshin was another Honda rookie to better 230 mph in qualifying, and will start 15th. Veteran Oriol Servia also had an impressive day, making the largest gain in the field from first- to second-round qualifying, improving 11 positions to qualify 18th.

Verizon IndyCar Series activities resume on Monday with a practice session to aid teams in making race preparations, followed by the traditional “Carb Day” final practice on Friday, May 23. The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 25, with live television coverage on ABC.

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)zoom
Simon Pagenaud
(Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)zoom
Simon Pagenaud
(Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
James Hinchcliffe (#27 UFD Andretti Autosport Honda) qualified 2nd for the Indianapolis 500:
"It’s tough to be upset. We knew Ed [Carpenter] was going to be tough to beat, and it wasn’t until the first three laps [were complete] that I thought, ‘Well, maybe we do have a shot at this!’ The car was a huge handful, but it needed to be - it was fast. That’s not a criticism of the car at all. Going into Turn 3 on that last lap, I was working the tools like crazy and the car stepped out a bit. I had to take some wheel out of it, create understeer on exit and crack [briefly lift off] the throttle. I don’t think anybody’s ever been on pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway cracking the throttle over four laps, so I kind of knew right then and there. I was screaming in my helmet. At the same time, if the worst we’re going to start is second, then that’s awesome. Huge credit to the team and Honda, I’m so happy to be on the front row again, just so disappointed we missed it [pole] again, but it is what it is. Congrats again to Ed.”
Mark Crawford (IndyCar Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) on Indianapolis 500 qualifying:
"I believe today demonstrated that, this year, both engine manufacturers are very evenly matched. It should make for a very competitive and entertaining race next weekend. I want to thank everyone involved in the Indy car program at HPD, the trackside team, the build shop and all of our support personnel, for a ‘job well done’ after many, many long hours both at the track and back in Santa Clarita. Congratulations to James Hinchcliffe for an outstanding qualifying performance this weekend, and to all of our drivers and teams who made the ‘final nine’ today. We’re looking forward to next Sunday and another exciting Indianapolis 500.”

Marco Andretti(Andretti Autosport)zoom
Marco Andretti(Andretti Autosport)
IndyCar Series
Round 05: Indy500
Rank Driver (Team)
1Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)
2James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)
3Will Power (Team Penske)
4Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
5Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
6Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)
7Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)
8Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)
9JR Hildebrand (Ed Carpenter Racing)
10Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)
12Kurt Busch (Andretti Autosport)
13Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)
14Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
15Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
18Oriol Servia (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
19Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
20Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
21Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)
22Pippa Mann (Dale Coyne Racing)
23Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)
24Alex Tagliani (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)
27Jacques Villeneuve (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
29Martin Plowman (A.J. Foyt Racing)

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