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Honda performance sweeps Indy 500 opening day practice

Marco Andretti led a Honda powered 4 car sweep under perfect weather conditions on the opening practice day of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
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Monday was a monumental day for Andretti Autosport and HPD (Honda Performance Development) as Marco Andretti led a 1-2-3-4 position sweep as to fastest lap times, with 7 out of the top 10 fastest lap times posted by Honda powered IndyCars. This driver is intent on an Indy 500 win.

While a bit too early to predict the outcome of the 110th running of the “Brickyard” classic, it’s reassuring for Honda Fans to see Chevrolet powered teams dropping back a bit.

Indianapolis is home for Andretti Autosport

In the words of Marco Andretti: "Definitely a good start for the entire team. With the weather [forecast] we moved some of our [practice] plans up a few days. I definitely know how this month goes, it's a roller coaster, but this was a good first day. These were picture-perfect conditions today. Next week will likely be warmer, so it's too early to read much into things today. I think we'll see more of the way things will play out in the next several days. As always in Indy car, there are 10-15, or more, potential winners in the field here."

Monday's opening practice "Top 10" was dominated by Honda power, something thats happened rarely in 2016.

Here’s your top 10 lap speed results

*Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Top-10 Results:

Ps.
Driver
Team
Manufacturer
Best Speed
1.
Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport
Honda
228.978
2.
Carlos Munoz
Andretti Autosport
Honda
228.945
3.
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport
Honda
228.033
4.
Alexander Rossi-R
Andretti Herta Autosport
Honda
224.865
5.
Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chevrolet
226.835
6.
Townsend Bell
Andretti Autosport
Honda
226.724
7.
Charlie Kimball
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chevrolet
225.858
8.
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Honda
225.326
9.
Will Power
Team Penske
Chevrolet
224.981
10.
Bryan Clauson
Dale Coyne Racing
Honda
224.767

*Honda News 2016

As Marco stated, it’s anybody’s race as the month unfolds. Stay posted to Honda-Torque News for Indy 500 updates as they develop.


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