Pocono INDYCAR 500 Race Report

Circuit: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) Long Pond, PA
2013 Winner: Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 192.864 mph average
Weather: Sunny, mild, windy, 77 degrees F

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

  1.

  1.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

200

202.402 mph (500-mile record)

  2.

  7.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

200

+2.3403 seconds

  3.

  3.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

200

 

  4.

10.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

200

 

  5.

15.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

200

 

  6.

11.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  

Honda Dallara

200

 

  7.

12.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

200

 

  8.

21.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

200

Led 7 laps

  9.

  5.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

200

 

10.

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

200

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

199

Running

14.

16.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

199

Running

18.

  9.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

181

Running

19.

14.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

157

Spin

20.

20.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

  89

Stall

21.

  4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

  25

Stall

22.

22.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

    0

Did not start – crash in practice

 

Munoz Shines for Honda at Pocono

  • Third podium finish of 2014 for Colombian, leads rookie points standings
  • Aleshin runs seventh in another strong rookie performance
  • Pagenaud moves to third in championship with sixth-place finish

In a Verizon IndyCar Series season marked by an impressive Honda-powered rookie contingent, Carlos Munoz continues to shine brightest of all, finishing third Sunday at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono INDYCAR 500, the second round of the 2014 "triple crown" of 500-mile races.

Munoz ran in the lead pack throughout the 200-lap contest at the unique, 2.5-mile Pocono "triangle", scoring his third top-three finish of the season with his Andretti Autosport Honda to move to sixth in the Drivers' Championship and take a 77-point lead in the Rookie of the Year standings.  Fellow Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya won, in an event slowed by only a single caution flag, making it the fastest 500-mile race in IndyCar Series history.

All four Honda-powered 2014 rookies – Munoz; Mikhail Aleshin; Houston Saturday race winner Carlos Huertas and Jack Hawksworth – have finished on the podium at least once this season.

Simon Pagenaud remained in strong championship contention with a sixth-place finish in his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda.  Pagenaud, winner of last Sunday's race in Houston, moves to third in the Drivers' Championship, 42 points out of the lead with seven races remaining. Teammate Aleshin finished seventh as his strong rookie season continues. 

Josef Newgarden finished eighth after leading seven laps late in the race before having to make a late pit stop for a final splash of fuel, while Marco Andretti charged back to finish ninth at his "home" event after receiving an early-race penalty for speeding in pit lane.      

Bob Pritchard, from Payson, Arizona, led the field prior to today's race start in the two-seat Honda Indy car driven by racing legend Mario Andretti.  For more information on the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes, go to www.shophonda.com

Video News Releases from this weekend's action at Pocono are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group.  CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside.

The Verizon IndyCar Series run of consecutive races continues next weekend with the first short-oval event of the 2014 season, the July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300, at Iowa Speedway in Newton. 

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 11 of 18 rounds):
1. Will Power 446 points (2 wins)   6. Carlos Munoz (R) 340
Helio Castroneves 446 (1 win)  7. Marco Andretti 325
3. Simon Pagenaud 402 (2 wins)  8. Scott Dixon  297
4. Juan Pablo Montoya 391 (1 win)  9. Ryan Briscoe 285
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay     388 (2 wins) 10. Sebastien Bourdais         271

 

Manufacturers' Championship: 
1. Chevrolet  1,631 (6 wins)  
2. Honda 1,096 (5 wins)

 

Carlos Munoz (#34 Andretti Autosport Honda) Started 3rd, finished 3rd, his third podium finish of 2014, leads rookie point standings:  "We were so close.  I think we had a car capable of winning today, I was really fast on my own. I think third place is a great result for the championship, especially with the double points [for a 500-mile race]. I'm really happy with a podium. It was a long race, and I think that this time, I raced like a veteran. My crew did such a great job ... great pit stops ... and I'm happy."

Tom Reichenbach (HPD Senior Manager and Chief Engineer, Technical Division) on today's race:  "We're very happy to see another strong performance from Carlos [Munoz].  He continues to impress us with both his talent and work ethic. It also was encouraging to see Josef Newgarden make his late-race charge to the front.  The team's aggressive pit strategy almost paid off today, and Josef has been driving well all season.  Finally, congratulations to Simon Pagenaud for another quick and consistent oval-track run, as he gains one more spot in the championship.  Now we'll head to Iowa, and the challenges presented by the first short-oval race of the season."

For photos from today's race, go to:

http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101722
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