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Default Honda Racing: Howard, Dixon Head Honda Attack as Indianapolis 500 Practice Opens

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  • Jay Howard, Scott Dixon move to the top of the Honda speed chart in afternoon session

  • Marco Andretti tops Honda effort in opening practice

  • Tuesday the first of four practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying this weekend


Returning veteran Jay Howard led the way for Honda Tuesday in Opening Day practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in preparation for the May 27 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. 


Joining the Honda-powered Schmidt Peterson Motorsports effort again this year in a one-off effort, Howard posted a best lap speed of 224.518 miles per hour in warm and humid conditions during the second of two full-field practice sessions today.  Marco Andretti led the way for Honda in the opening practice, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and finished the day sixth overall.


Scott Dixon, pole qualifier for last year's "500", slotted in between Howard and Andretti on the speed chart, fifth.  In all, 34 of the 35 drivers in the field took to the 2.5-mile oval today in an incident-free day halted for 30 minutes by a passing rain shower just after 4 p.m. 


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.


Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 5th on the Opening Day speed chart: "I think it was a good first day in the PNC Bank car. Opening Day here at Indianapolis is always such a cool deal. The track gets turned over from the road course to the oval, and then you know it's time to go to work for the 500. We spent the majority of the time today making changes, going out, coming in, and working on the balance of the car."


Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport Honda) 6th fastest in Tuesday practice: "To be honest, we still have a lot of work to do on the 98 car. The car has an imbalance at the moment. We need to resolve that issue before we can be satisfied, but I have a good crew behind me and I know they'll be able to listen to my feedback and give me a more comfortable car tomorrow. Luckily it's only day one and we have three more days of practice before we qualify."


Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Practice
Circuit:                             Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN
2017 Winner:     Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport) 156.395 mph average
Weather:           Mostly cloudy, humid, 83 degrees F


Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:





























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Speed



Notes



  1.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



225,787



 



  2.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



224.665



 



  3.



Ed Carpenter



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



224.523



 



  4.



Jay Howard



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



224.518



 



  5.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



224.353



 



  6.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



224.217



 



  7.



Sage Karam



Dreyer & Reinbold Racing



Chevrolet



223.998



 



  8.



Charlie Kimball



Carlin Racing



Chevrolet



223.921



 



  9.



Gabby Chaves



Harding Racing



Chevrolet



223.640



 



10.



Zach Veach



Andretti Autosport



Honda



223.551



 



Other Honda-powered Results:






























































































































11.

Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



223.488



 



14.



Takuma Sato



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



223.305



 



16.



Robert Wickens-R



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



223.133



 



17.



Sebastien Bourdais



DCR with Vasser-Sullivan



Honda



222.960



 



18.



Ed Jones



Chip Ganassi Racing             



Honda



222.848



 



21.



Carlos Munoz



Andretti Autosport



Honda



222.701



 



33.



Oriol Servia



Scuderia Corsa/RLLR



Honda



222.697



 



23.



Stefan Wilson



Andretti Autosport



Honda



222.524



 



24.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



222.471



 



26.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



221.900



 



27.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



221.671



 



28.



Jack Harvey



Michael Shank Racing



Honda



221.500



 



31.



Zachary Claman De Melo-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



221.089



 



33.



Conor Daly



Dale Coyne/Thom Burns



Honda



215.926



 



34.



Pippa Mann



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



214.731



 






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