The 100th Indy-Qualifying

The 100th Indy-Qualifying

Postby meteorite » Sun May 22, 2016 7:12 pm

And we have a Canadian on pole! On Friday (Armed Forces Day) the Fast Nine shootout was held, with the winners to advance to Qualifying 1 Sunday - everyone else would be vying for tenth place or lower. It was a wild scramble but when he dust cleared it was Oakville's own James Hinchcliffe carrying the Maple Leaf to the pole.

This being the first day of qualifying all would-be starters in the race set their preliminary times, but only those from the fast nine could take the pole. The results at the end of teh day were:

NDIANAPOLIS - Results of qualifying Saturday for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Rank, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 02:35.8803 (230.946)
2. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 02:35.9755 (230.805)
3. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 02:36.0225 (230.736)
4. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 02:36.1822 (230.500)
5. (29) Townsend Bell, Honda, 02:36.2147 (230.452)
6. (21) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 02:36.3658 (230.229)
7. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 02:36.3798 (230.209)
8. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 02:36.4042 (230.173)
9. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 02:36.4522 (230.102)
10. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 02:36.4893 (230.048)
11. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 02:36.4966 (230.037)
12. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 02:36.6956 (229.745)
13. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 02:36.8651 (229.497)
14. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 02:36.9111 (229.429)
15. (6) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 02:37.1538 (229.075)
16. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 02:37.8281 (228.096)
17. (18) Conor Daly, Honda, 02:37.9902 (227.862)
18. (24) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 02:38.0191 (227.821)
19. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 02:38.1171 (227.679)
20. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 02:38.2819 (227.442)
21. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 02:38.2853 (227.437)
22. (88) Bryan Clauson, Honda, 02:38.5136 (227.110)
23. (16) Spencer Pigot, Honda, 02:38.5202 (227.100)
24. (77) Oriol Servia, Honda, 02:38.6649 (226.893)
25. (42) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 02:38.9057 (226.549)
26. (61) Matt Brabham, Chevrolet, 02:39.0178 (226.390)
27. (25) Stefan Wilson, Chevrolet, 02:39.6031 (225.560)
28. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 02:39.7248 (225.388)
29. (35) Alex Tagliani, Honda, 02:40.3515 (224.507)
30. (4) Buddy Lazier, Chevrolet, 02:40.4702 (224.341)
31. (8) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, no time (no speed)
32. (19) Gabby Chaves, Honda, no time (no speed)
33. (63) Pippa Mann, Honda, no time (no speed)

The race allows for 33 starters, so those already qualified can try to improve their times, and additional challengers can try on the following qualifying days and if they are faster bump the slowest cars from the field. The only other Canadian entrant is veteran Alex TAgliani, who provisionally qualified in 29th starting position.
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Re: The 100th Indy - Race

Postby meteorite » Sun May 29, 2016 7:11 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Alexander Rossi wrote his name in the history books in the most amazing of ways, winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil

Running dangerously close to running out of fuel after streching his 18.5 gallons of ethanol for 36 laps, Rossi all but coasted the final lap but still crossed the finish line 4.4975 seconds ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz to win the historic running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." It was the first Verizon IndyCar Series victory for the rookie in his sixth race and he is the first rookie to win the Indianapolis 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001.

Rossi, in the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, inherited the lead on the 197th of 200 laps on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval when Munoz stopped for a splash of fuel. The Californian slowed his pace dramatically his final four laps. His last lap averaged 179.784 mph, nearly 40 mph slowed than Munoz's final circuit, but he still had enough momentum to take the checkered flag.

“Unbelievable, unbelievable,” team owner Michael Andretti said. “They did a great job with strategy."

All the race leaders stopped for fuel and tires on Lap 164. One by one, they were forced to make late stops for splashes of fuel, including Munoz in the No. 26 United Fiber & Data Honda on Lap 196. Everyone waited for Rossi to follow suit, but the 25-year-old never did. He ran out of fuel on the cool-down lap and coasted to a stop in Turn 4.

“To get a 1-2 finish is great,” Andretti said. “We’re just so happy. It’s so awesome.”

Josef Newgarden finished third, followed by Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, JR Hildebrand, pole sitter James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Sebastian Bourdais and Will Power.

Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud saw his three-race winning streak come to an end, finishing 19th.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the 2014 race, led the most laps (52), but finished a disappointing 24th after a number of problems, including a Lap 115 pit road incident when Townsend Bell bumped Helio Castroneves, spinning Bell into Hunter-Reay in the process.

Pagenaud’s teammate, defending Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya’s day ended early when he lost control of his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and hit the wall exiting Turn 2 on Lap 64 in a single-car incident.

“The car felt good and then it just stepped out of nowhere,” Montoya said.

Montoya becomes the third defending champion to finish last the following year. The others were Jimmy Bryan in 1959 and Johnny Rutherford in 1977.

A number of drivers were involved in pit road incidents, including Will Power, Castroneves, Bell and Hunter-Reay.

Sage Karam, in a one-off deal for the 500, tried to get around Bell, only to hit the Turn 1 wall hard on Lap 94, ending Karam’s day.

“I’m more bummed than hurt,” Karam said. “It just seemed like I could run through anyone. I’m so disappointed. Just wrong place at wrong time. Just wish I hadn’t of gone into Turn 1 like that.”

The surprise ending was a major upset, as effectively the group of cars that had led most of the race - Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanann, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Townsend Bell, Josef Newgarden and others had their tire and fuel stop calculations completely upset by events on the track and ended up after the last restart without quite enough fuel left in their tanks to complete the last few laps at racing speeds. They counted on a caution that never came.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Results Sunday of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (11) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 200, Running
2. (5) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 200, Running
3. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
4. (18) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 200, Running
5. (16) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 200, Running
6. (15) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 200, Running
7. (1) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 200, Running
8. (13) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 200, Running
9. (19) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 200, Running
10. (6) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running
11. (9) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 200, Running
12. (10) Oriol Servia, Honda, 200, Running
13. (14) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running
14. (26) Graham Rahal, Honda, 200, Running
15. (22) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 200, Running
16. (31) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 200, Running
17. (33) Alex Tagliani, Honda, 200, Running
18. (25) Pippa Mann, Honda, 199, Running
19. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 199, Running
20. (21) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 199, Running
21. (4) Townsend Bell, Honda, 199, Running
22. (27) Matt Brabham, Chevrolet, 199, Running
23. (28) Bryan Clauson, Honda, 198, Running
24. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 198, Running
25. (29) Spencer Pigot, Honda, 195, Running
26. (12) Takuma Sato, Honda, 163, Contact
27. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 126, Contact
28. (30) Stefan Wilson, Chevrolet, 119, Electrical
29. (24) Conor Daly, Honda, 115, Contact
30. (32) Buddy Lazier, Chevrolet, 100, Mechanical
31. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 98, Mechanical
32. (23) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 93, Contact
33. (17) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 63, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 166.634
Time of Race: 3:00:02.0872
Margin of victory: 4.4975 seconds
Cautions: 6 for 46 laps
Lead changes: 54 among 13 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Hunter-Reay 1 - 2
Hinchcliffe 3
Hunter-Reay 4
Hinchcliffe 5
Hunter-Reay 6 - 8
Hinchcliffe 9
Hunter-Reay 10
Hinchcliffe 11
Hunter-Reay 12 - 13
Hinchcliffe 14 - 16
Hunter-Reay 17
Hinchcliffe 18 - 23
Hunter-Reay 24 - 27
Newgarden 28 - 29
Munoz 30
Karam 31 - 32
Hunter-Reay 33 - 41
Bell 42 - 48
Hunter-Reay 49 - 56
Bell 57
Hunter-Reay 58
Hinchcliffe 59 - 60
Hunter-Reay 61 - 66
Power 67 - 74
Hinchcliffe 75 - 77
Hunter-Reay 78 - 80
Hinchcliffe 81 - 84
Hunter-Reay 85 - 87
Hinchcliffe 88 - 91
Castroneves 92 - 96
Clauson 97 - 99
Castroneves 100 - 103
Hunter-Reay 104 - 108
Kanaan 109
Hunter-Reay 110 - 112
Bell 113 - 116
Tagliani 117 - 121
Rossi 122
Tagliani 123 - 128
Rossi 129 - 137
Castroneves 138 -148
Munoz 149 - 153
Castroneves 154 -157
Kanaan 158 - 160
Hinchcliffe 161
Kanaan 162 - 163
Hildebrand 164 - 167
Kanaan 168 - 178
Newgarden 179 - 181
Kanaan 182 - 183
Newgarden 184 - 190
Munoz 191
Newgarden 192 - 193
Munoz 194 - 196
Rossi 197 - 200

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: 1. Pagenaud 292, Dixon 235, Castroneves 224, Newgarden 211, Hinchcliffe 205, Rossi 203, Munoz 199, Kanaan 192, Kimball 189, Montoya 187.
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