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Default Honda Racing: Dixon, Kanaan Head Honda Effort in Phoenix

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  • Scott Dixon finishes fifth, Tony Kanaan sixth in first short-oval race of 2017

  • Opening lap crash eliminates five Honda drivers

  • Separate incidents end the race for Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato


AVONDALE, Ariz. – Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan led the way for Honda Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in a Verizon IndyCar Series race that saw five Honda drivers eliminated in an opening-lap crash, and three more fall by the wayside prior to the checkers.


A spin by Mikhail Aleshin as the field funneled into the first turn triggered a series of collisions that also ended the night for Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal and Max Chilton.  Dixon and Kanaan both avoided the melee and remained in the top six the rest of the night, but were unable to move up any further during the 250-lap contest.


In a third Ganassi Honda, Charlie Kimball enjoyed a trouble-free run to move from 14th at the start to finish eighth, while Dale Coyne Racing's Ed Jones continued his run of impressive rookie efforts to end the night 11th.


James Hinchcliffe avoided the Lap 1 crash, and ran as high as fifth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, but was forced to make a late-race stop for fuel and dropped to 12th at the checkers. 


Ryan Hunter-Reay fell to the back of the field after he cut a tire driving over debris in the first-lap crash, recovered to run as high as 10th, but later dropped out with suspension damage after contacting the wall on Lap 212.  Separate wall contacts also ended the race for Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport teammates, Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi.


Video recaps from this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. In addition to Honda Racing's Indy car activities, video highlights of the Acura Motorsports NSX GT3s of RealTime Racing at Virginia International Raceway in the first "Sprint-X" event of the Pirelli World Championship will also be posted on the site.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.


The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads "home" to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for "Month of May" activities, including the May 13 Grand Prix of Indianapolis road race and the May 28 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.  Both races will be broadcast live on ABC.


Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 8th, finished 5th: "Obviously, it was a tough night for the NTT DATA car, and all the Honda entries, I think. The other guys had a leg up on us here and they showed that tonight. We tried to keep our nose clean, but just didn't have anything for them tonight. Hopefully, we can get some momentum back at the Grand Prix of Indy next month."


Tony Kanaan (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 6th, finished 6th: "We knew coming into this weekend that it was going to be a difficult one for us. Eric [Cowdin, race team engineer] gave me a stellar car, but we just couldn't get it done. We have good cars heading into next month, so we'll just refocus on the Month of May and hopefully, get the results we've been wanting all year."


James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) Started 11th, finished 12th: "Certainly not the end result we were hoping for. For us, the race started pretty decent. But we ended up having to stop a whole lot earlier than the other cars, and we just weren't getting the [fuel] mileage. Even though it gained us positions early on, ultimately, we had to come in for a splash [of fuel]-and-go, which cost a couple spots. It's too bad; I think we could have had a solid top-10 finish. The Arrow Electronics car was the strongest that we've had here between last year, the test and now; it was a really good car. Unfortunately, the mileage situation really deterred us today. We'll head into the Month of May [in Indianapolis] and see what we can do!"


Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on tonight's race: "It seems like we just couldn't get a break tonight, starting with the opening-lap crash that took out five of our cars, and right on through to the late-race yellow that put three of our best cars one lap down.  Thanks to Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan for hanging tough throughout the race, and never giving up.  This is one to put behind us as we look forward to the Month of May and the Indianapolis 500."


 


Verizon IndyCar Series Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix
Circuit:              Phoenix International Raceway (1.0-mile oval) Avondale, Ariz.
2016 Winner:    Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 139.822 mph average
Weather:           Clear, mild, 74 degrees F


Top-10 Race Results:









































































































Fn.

St.



Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Laps



Notes



  1.



  5.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



250



144.058  mph average speed



  2.



  2.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



250



+9.1028 seconds



  3.



  3.



JR Hildebrand



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



250



 



  4.



  1.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



250



 



  5.



  8.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



249



Running



  6.



  6.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



249



Running



  7.



21.



Ed Carpenter



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



248



Running



  8.



14.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



248



Running



  9.



  3.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



248



Running



10.



19.



Carlos Munoz



A.J. Foyt Racing



Chevrolet



247



Running



Other Honda Results
































































































11.

16.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



247



Running



12.



11.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Mtspts



Honda



247



Running



13.



12.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda  



220



Did not finish – suspension



15.



15.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda  



141



Did not finish – suspension  



16.



18.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda  



135



Did not finish – crash



17.



  7.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Mtspts



Honda



    0



Did not finish – crash



18.



  9.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda  



    0



Did not finish – crash



19.



10.



Sebastien Bourdais



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda  



    0



Did not finish – crash



20.



13.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



    0



Did not finish – crash



21.



17.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



    0



Did not finish – crash



 


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