Honda Wins Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roadcourse (2.439-mile road course), Indianapolis, IN
2013 Winner: N/A [inaugural event]
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 77 degrees F

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver   

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

1.

4.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

84

96.462 mph avg., led 6 laps

2.

3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

84

+0.8906 seconds, led 18 laps

3.

10.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

84

 

4.

7.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

84

 

5.

23.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

84

 

6.

14.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

84

 

7.

2.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

84

Led race-high 31 laps

8.

5.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

84

 

9.

16.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

84

 

10.

9.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

84

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

19.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

84

Led 4 laps

12.

22.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

84

Led 7 laps

13.

17.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

84

 

14.

13.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

84

 

17.

15.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

80

Running

18.

20.

Martin Plowman

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

80

Running

20.

11.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

56

Did not finish - injury

21.

12.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

50

Did not finish – crash

22.

21.

Franck Montagny

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

47

Did not finish – crash

24.

19.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

0

Did not finish – crash

25.

25.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

0

Did not finish – crash

Pagenaud, Honda Win Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis

  • 1-2 finish for Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Superior fuel mileage paves Honda's "Brickyard" victory

Simon Pagenaud became the fourth different Verizon IndyCar Series winner in as many races Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Honda-powered driver combined both speed and fuel mileage to claim his first victory of 2014 at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Starting fourth, Pagenaud successfully avoided a multi-car crash at the standing start that eliminated his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikail Aleshin, and fellow Honda driver Carlos Munoz, when pole-qualifier Sebastian Saavedra stalled at the line, resulting in a eight-lap caution period to begin the race.

Once the green flag flew on Lap 8, another impressive performance from rookie Jack Hawksworth saw the Honda-powered Bryan Herta Autosport driver pass early race leader Ryan Hunter-Reay in Turn One, with Pagenaud following through into second. The trio continued to lead the way for much of the 82-lap event, losing the advantage only when multiple cautions led the field to split into two separate pit-stop strategies.

Hawksworth's chance for victory faded on Lap 61, however, when a communication miscue resulted in him staying on track when others on the same strategy pitted. That moved Pagenaud and Hunter-Reay to the front of "their" group, while Helio Castroneves led a group of four Chevrolet-powered cars on the alternative pit strategy. One by one, the Castroneves-led group was forced to pit, starting on Lap 69, as Pagenaud and Hunter-Reay moved to the front, and then held off their challengers to the Lap 84 checkers.

Video News Releases from this month's action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are being posted on a newly created "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights following Honda races during 2014. The videos can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside.

With the completion of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the focus of Indy car drivers and teams now turns to the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, with activities on the famed 2.5-mile oval beginning Sunday with Opening Day of practice for the May 25th event.

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 4 of 18 rounds):

1. Will Power

149 points (1 win)

6. Scott Dixon

102

5. Ryan Hunter-Reay

148 (1 win)

7. Mike Conway

93 (1 win)

3. Simon Pagenaud

143 (1 win)

8. Marco Andretti

89

4. Sebastien Bourdais

125

9. Justin Wilson

87

5. Helio Castroneves

102

10. Tony Kanaan

82

 

 

 

 

Manufacturers' Championship:

1. Chevrolet

366 (2 wins)

 

 

2. Honda

326 (2 wins)

 

 

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) started 4th, finished 1st, 1st win of 2014 and 3rd career Indy car victory: "I don't like having to save fuel, but I did exactly as my team told me to do. I just kept working my [fuel] mileage and working my lap times and, thanks to Honda, I think we may have been 'making' fuel at the end! Definitely, I think we are now in the hunt for the championship. But at this moment, all I can think about is being at the Pagoda, in Victory Circle. It truly is something special that I will never forget."

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's race win: "What a great win for Simon Pagenaud, the Sam Schmidt organization and Honda. We all like to say 'racing improves the breed' but today, I think, a little of Honda's well-earned reputation for efficiency and great fuel mileage helped us achieve a 1-2 finish. Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport their well-judged second place run today, and also to Bryan Herta Autosport and Jack Hawksworth, who demonstrated tremendous speed, until a communication miscue cost him a chance at victory. Our best wishes to James Hinchcliffe, who was injured by debris from a collision in front of him. We hope he recovers quickly. Now it's on to the biggest prize of the year: the Indianapolis 500."

 

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