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Default Honda Racing: Hunter-Reay Paces Honda Effort as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues

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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay runs fourth overall on warm, windy day of practice

  • Fernando Alonso completes field-high 117 laps

  • Second of five practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying


SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Practice continued Tuesday under warm and gusty conditions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Honda drivers and teams focused on preparations for the May 28 Indianapolis 500.


Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Honda in Tuesday's six-hour practice session, posting the fourth-fastest speed in an incident-free day.  Teammate Takuma Sato ended the day sixth, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' Mikhail Aleshin taking the checkers seventh on the speed chart.


Two-time Formula One World Champion and McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso recorded the most laps of the 33 driver/car combinations in this year's field, running 177 laps, just over half a race distance, today.  Meanwhile, Dale Coyne Racing's Ed Jones was fastest of the four rookies, ending the day 15th overall at 222.251 mph.


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.


Ed Jones (#19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) led the rookie field Tuesday in practice: "The day started off quite difficult. There were a few changes to the car that we had to make to adjust to certain things. It took a bit longer than we expected, but once we got up to speed we did a lot of traffic running. I learned a massive amount today and felt really comfortable towards the end when we were able to start passing a few cars. I think the first two days have been solid, as well as they could have gone, and I'm happy with the progress were making."  


Indianapolis 500 Day 2 Practice
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN
2016 Winner: Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) 166.634 mph average
Weather: Sunny, warm, wind gusts from the south, 85 degrees F


Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:






























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Speed



Notes



  1.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



224.656



 



  2.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



224.287



 



  3.



Gabby Chaves



Harding Racing



Chevrolet



223.991



 



  4.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



223.960



 



  5.



Sage Karam



Dreyer & Reinbold Racing



Chevrolet



223.641



 



  6.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



223.556



 



  7.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



223.471



 



  8.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



223.420



 



  9.



JR Hildebrand



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



223.352



 



10.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



223.156



 



Other Honda-powered Results:





























































































































13.

Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



222.550



 



14.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



222.480



 



15.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



222.251



 



16.



Sebastien Bourdais



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



222.249



 



17.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



221.959



 



18.



Oriol Servia



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



221.921



 



19.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



221.789



 



20.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



221.738



 



23.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



221.229



 



24.



Fernando Alonso-R



McLaren Honda-Andretti



Honda



221.029



 



25.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



221.011



 



29.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



220.131



 



30.



Jay Howard



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



220.123



 



31.



Jack Harvey-R



Michael Shank-Andretti



Honda



218.943



 



32.



Pippa Mann



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



218.589



 



 


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