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Howard, Dixon Head Honda Attack as Indianapolis 500 Practice Opens

  • Jay Howard, Scott Dixon move to the top of the Honda speed chart in afternoon session
  • Marco Andretti tops Honda effort in opening practice
  • Tuesday the first of four practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying this weekend

Returning veteran Jay Howard led the way for Honda Tuesday in Opening Day practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in preparation for the May 27 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. 

Joining the Honda-powered Schmidt Peterson Motorsports effort again this year in a one-off effort, Howard posted a best lap speed of 224.518 miles per hour in warm and humid conditions during the second of two full-field practice sessions today.  Marco Andretti led the way for Honda in the opening practice, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and finished the day sixth overall.

Scott Dixon, pole qualifier for last year's "500", slotted in between Howard and Andretti on the speed chart, fifth.  In all, 34 of the 35 drivers in the field took to the 2.5-mile oval today in an incident-free day halted for 30 minutes by a passing rain shower just after 4 p.m. 

Practice activities continue through Friday, with qualifying action to set the field of 33 on the historic 2.5-mile oval scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 5th on the Opening Day speed chart: "I think it was a good first day in the PNC Bank car. Opening Day here at Indianapolis is always such a cool deal. The track gets turned over from the road course to the oval, and then you know it's time to go to work for the 500. We spent the majority of the time today making changes, going out, coming in, and working on the balance of the car."

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport Honda) 6th fastest in Tuesday practice: "To be honest, we still have a lot of work to do on the 98 car. The car has an imbalance at the moment. We need to resolve that issue before we can be satisfied, but I have a good crew behind me and I know they'll be able to listen to my feedback and give me a more comfortable car tomorrow. Luckily it's only day one and we have three more days of practice before we qualify."

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Practice Circuit:                             Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN 2017 Winner:     Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport) 156.395 mph average Weather:           Mostly cloudy, humid, 83 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Speed

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

225,787

 

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

224.665

 

  3.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

224.523

 

  4.

Jay Howard

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

224.518

 

  5.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

224.353

 

  6.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

224.217

 

  7.

Sage Karam

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

223.998

 

  8.

Charlie Kimball

Carlin Racing

Chevrolet

223.921

 

  9.

Gabby Chaves

Harding Racing

Chevrolet

223.640

 

10.

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Honda

223.551

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

223.488

 

14.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

223.305

 

16.

Robert Wickens-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

223.133

 

17.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan

Honda

222.960

 

18.

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing             

Honda

222.848

 

21.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

222.701

 

33.

Oriol Servia

Scuderia Corsa/RLLR

Honda

222.697

 

23.

Stefan Wilson

Andretti Autosport

Honda

222.524

 

24.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

222.471

 

26.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

221.900

 

27.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

221.671

 

28.

Jack Harvey

Michael Shank Racing

Honda

221.500

 

31.

Zachary Claman De Melo-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

221.089

 

33.

Conor Daly

Dale Coyne/Thom Burns

Honda

215.926

 

34.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

214.731

 

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