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Default Honda Racing: Kanaan, Rahal Hang On To Lead Honda Effort in Texas

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  • Tony Kanaan recovers from contact, penalty to finish second

  • Graham Rahal follows double wins in Detroit with fourth place in Texas

  • Despite crash, Scott Dixon continues to lead drivers' championship


Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal persevered through a crash-strewn Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, with Kanaan finishing second and Rahal fourth for Honda in the Rainguard Water Sealers 600.


Honda drivers and teams dominated qualifying Friday night at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval, sweeping the top eight starting positions.  But crashes in tonight's 248-lap contest eliminated eight of 13 Honda entries – and damaged a ninth.  Fortunately, all drivers escaped injury in the multiple collisions.


Alexander Rossi was the first Honda front-runner to drop out, crashing into the Turn 3 wall, on Lap 37, after making light contact with the Chip Ganassi Racing entries of Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan while all three jockeyed for third place.


The major crash of the night took place on Lap 152, eliminating six cars, including five Honda drivers.  Kanaan, on the inside of three cars heading up the backstretch, made contact with the middle-running James Hinchcliffe, who then collected Mikhail Aleshin to set off a chain-reaction through the field.  Hinchcliffe, Aleshin, Tristan Vautier – who earlier had led for 15 laps – Ed Jones, and Ryan Hunter-Reay were all eliminated from the race, which resulted in a 20-second "stop and hold" penalty for Kanaan in pit lane once racing resumed.


As the race entered its final 20 laps, both Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato appeared poised to contest the win with the Team Penske entries of Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.  However, Sato dropped his left side tires into the grass at the start of Lap 244 and lost control, spinning into first the car of Dixon and then the wall.  The Honda of Max Chilton also was damaged in the crash, falling from sixth place to finish the race in pit lane, classified eighth. 


Power then took the checkers behind the safety car as the race ended under caution.  Kanaan recovered from his penalty and fought his way back onto the lead lap to finish second, while Graham Rahal successfully avoided the multitude of crashes to work his way into the lead pack for the final laps, finishing fourth.


Dixon, credited with a ninth-place finish, continues to lead the drivers' championship after nine of 17 races with 326 points, with Pagenaud second with 313 points, followed by Indy 500 champion Sato, third with 312 points.


Video recaps from this weekend's Honda IndyCar Series racing activities in Texas, as well as Honda Formula 4 and Formula F1600 action from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are available on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV


After a run of five consecutive May-June event weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a week off, then resumes June 25 at the scenic Road America circuit in Wisconsin for the Kohler Grand Prix.


Tony Kanaan (#8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 4th, finished 2nd: "It was a tough night, just very intense from the first to the last lap. I'm going to apologize to Hinch [James Hinchcliffe] for what happened [the crash in Lap 151].  I just got up a little too high. We paid the price for my mistake. We got a penalty, paid the penalty, and we were able to finish second. I'm proud of the team for sticking with me and fighting our way back up front. It was just an intense race. A lot of things happened and you had to avoid a lot of things to finish. I'm not going to lie, I'm glad it's over."


Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) started 11th, finished 4th: ""It was a crazy night, with a lot of guys taking a lot of chances. I'm glad that our car doesn't have a ding on it. We weren't the prettiest thing out here tonight, but the Mi-Jack boys worked very hard and I'm pleased with the end result. I would have liked to have won it, and I actually felt like I had the car to do it, but I struggled with track position all night and I was lucky to not get involved in all those crashes. I'm obviously disappointed in myself to stall on that last [pit] stop, but I'm probably lucky because I cleared the [crash] right after that. I'm looking forward to Road America, which should be a good one for us. Coming off three top fives in a row, hopefully we can go have another good race with a good result."


Steve Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) on tonight's race: "It was a pretty disappointing result, especially after our strong showing in qualifying.  We had several cars that could have contended for the victory, but lost so many due to crashes, almost two-thirds of the Hondas in the field.  We're thankful that no one was injured, and will now take advantage of the off-weekend coming up to regroup and prepare for Road America."


Verizon IndyCar Series RainGuard Water Sealers 600
Circuit: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Fort Worth, Texas
2016 Winner: Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigani Racing Honda) 144.901 mph average
Weather: Clear, windy, warm, 82 degrees F


Top-10 Race Results:








































































































Ps. St.

Driver



Team



Manufacturer



Laps



Notes


1.   9.

Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



248



140.491 mph average speed


2.   4.

Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



248



+0.1978 seconds (caution)


3. 12.

Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



248



 


4. 11.

Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda  



248



 


5. 20.

Gabby Chaves



Harding Group Racing



Chevrolet



248



 


6. 15.

Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



248



 


7. 21.

Conor Daly



A.J. Foyt Racing



Chevrolet



247



Running


8.  6.

Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



245



Running


9.  2.

Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



243



Did not finish – crash


10. 8.

Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



243



Did not finish – crash



Other Honda Results




































































14. 16.

James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Mtspts



Honda  



151



Did not finish – crash


15.  7.

Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Mtspts



Honda  



151



Did not finish – crash


16. 5.

Tristan Vautier



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



151



Did not finish – crash


17. 19.

Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



151



Did not finish – crash


19. 13.

Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda  



151



Did not finish – crash


21. 1. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 41 Did not finish – mechanical
22. 3. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 36 Did not finish – crash
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