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Default Honda Racing: Honda Drivers Fast in "Carb Day" at Indianapolis

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  • Takuma Sato heads Honda effort in final practice prior to the Indy 500 

  • Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation concludes

  • Fernando Alonso again paces rookies, runs fifth overall


Veteran Takuma Sato led the way for Honda Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting the second-fastest speed in his Andretti Autosport Honda during the traditional "Carb Day" final practice session prior to Sunday's Indianapolis 500.


Sato led a string of Honda drivers who finished the session in positions two through seven in the hour-long practice.  Tony Kanaan, winner here in 2013, posted the third fastest speed in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, with teammate, pole qualifier – and 2008 "500" winner – Scott Dixon in fourth.


Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso continued his impressive rookie performance at the "Brickyard", ending the day fifth overall and again leading the rookie field.  Graham Rahal looked particularly strong in traffic while posting the sixth-fastest speed of the day, while defending race winner Alexander Rossi ranked seventh.  Another former Indy winner, 2014 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, completed the top 10 for Honda.


Today's final practice concludes on-track activities for the Verizon IndyCar Series until race day.  The green flag for 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 waves just after noon EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on ABC starting at 11 a.m. EDT.


Takuma Sato (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) second fastest in final Indianapolis 500 practice today: "To be honest, this has been a great experience. I really enjoy working with Andretti Autosport. It's working really seamlessly, very smooth. Monday after the qualify, we did a lot of race [simulations] with the various different setups and downforce changes. And come to today, with Carb Day, the car felt really good. So that was a great sign because it's just no surprise. You don't want to have any surprise on Carb Day because all the work you've done in the last week, this is the result. We have a car and we're ready for Sunday."


Indianapolis 500 "Carb Day" Final Practice
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN
2016 Winner: Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) 166.634 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, mild, 75 degrees F


Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 7 Results:






























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Speed



Notes



  1.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



227.377



 



  2.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



226.802



 



  3.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



226.757



 



  4.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



226.685



 



  5.



Fernando Alonso-R



McLaren Honda-Andretti



Honda



226.608



 



  6.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



226.386



 



  7.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



226.355



 



  8.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



226.203



 



  9.



Juan Pablo Montoya



Team Penske



Chevrolet



226.187



 



10.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



225.903



 



Other Honda-powered Results:






























































































12.

Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



225.691



 



14.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



225.082



 



16.



James Davison



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



225.018



 



17.



Oriol Servia



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



224.969



 



19.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



224.793



 



21.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



224.625



 



22.



Jay Howard



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



224.541



 



23.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



224.526



 



24.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



224.372



 



28.



Jack Harvey-R



Michael Shank-Andretti



Honda



223.222



 



29.



Pippa Mann



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



223.062



 


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