Notes: Honda Feeling The Power At Indianapolis
Simon Pagenaud showed that Honda engines are closing the gap at Indy. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from Simon Pagenaud is that Honda Performance Development apparently has closed the horsepower gap on rival Chevrolet heading into Sunday’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud, who will start from the outside of the seventh row, topped the Coors Light Carb Day speed chart with a hot lap in 39.8536-seconds/225.827 mph during Friday’s one-hour practice session. It was the final opportunity for teams to fine-tune their cars around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Race Day.
Running a refreshed version of Honda’s 2.2-liter turbocharged V6, Pagenaud was joined in the Fast Five by Andretti Autosport’s E.J Viso (39.9461-seconds/225.304 mph); Andretti teammate and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay (39.9906-seconds/225.053 mph), 2008 Indy 500 champion Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing (40.0232-seconds/224.870 mph) and Sebastien Bourdais of Dragon Racing (40.2070-seconds/224.848 mph).
“The car is really good in race trim,” said Pagenaud, driver of the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara/Honda. “We’re really happy with the way it used up the (Firestone) tires, the way it goes through its stints.
“Honda has done a lot of work before qualifying and after qualifying, and Honda’s racing mentality is to go Read the full story »