Honda Wins Grand Prix of Indianapolis


Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roadcourse (2.439-mile road course), Indianapolis, IN 2013 Winner: N/A [inaugural event] Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 77 degrees F


Top 10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver    Team Engine – Chassis Laps Average Speed/Notes
1. 4. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Honda Dallara 84 96.462 mph avg., led 6 laps
2. 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 84 +0.8906 seconds, led 18 laps
3. 10. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 84
4. 7. Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Chevrolet Dallara 84
5. 23. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Dallara 84
6. 14. Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Dallara 84
7. 2. Jack Hawksworth-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Dallara 84 Led race-high 31 laps
8. 5. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 84
9. 16. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 84  
10. 9. Tony Kanaan Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Dallara 84

Other Honda-powered Results:

11. 19. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 84 Led 4 laps
12. 22. Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 84 Led 7 laps
13. 17. Carlos Huertas-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 84  
14. 13. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 84  
17. 15. Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda Dallara 80 Running
18. 20. Martin Plowman A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 80 Running
20. 11. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 56 Did not finish – injury
21. 12. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 50 Did not finish – crash
22. 21. Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 47 Did not finish – crash
24. 19. Carlos Munoz-R Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 0 Did not finish – crash
25. 25. Mikhail Aleshin-R Schmidt Peterson Honda Dallara 0 Did not finish – crash

  • Pagenaud, Honda Win Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis
  • 1-2 finish for Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Superior fuel mileage paves Honda’s “Brickyard” victory

Simon Pagenaud became the fourth different Verizon IndyCar Series winner in as many races Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Honda-powered driver combined both speed and fuel mileage to claim his first victory of 2014 at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Starting fourth, Pagenaud successfully avoided a multi-car crash at the standing start that eliminated his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikail Aleshin, and fellow Honda driver Carlos Munoz, when pole-qualifier Sebastian Saavedra stalled at the line, resulting in a eight-lap caution period to begin the race. Once the green flag flew on Lap 8, another impressive performance from rookie Jack Hawksworth saw the Honda-powered Bryan Herta Autosport driver pass early race leader Ryan Hunter-Reay in Turn One, with Pagenaud following through into second.


The trio continued to lead the way for much of the 82-lap event, losing the advantage only when multiple cautions led the field to split into two separate pit-stop strategies. Hawksworth’s chance for victory faded on Lap 61, however, when a communication miscue resulted in him staying on track when others on the same strategy pitted. That moved Pagenaud and Hunter-Reay to the front of “their” group, while Helio Castroneves led a group of four Chevrolet-powered cars on the alternative pit strategy. One by one, the Castroneves-led group was forced to pit, starting on Lap 69, as Pagenaud and Hunter-Reay moved to the front, and then held off their challengers to the Lap 84 checkers. Video News Releases from this month’s action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are being posted on a newly created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights following Honda races during 2014. With the completion of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the focus of Indy car drivers and teams now turns to the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, with activities on the famed 2.5-mile oval beginning Sunday with Opening Day of practice for the May 25th event.  

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 4 of 18 rounds):
1. Will Power 149 points (1 win) 6. Scott Dixon 102
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay 148 (1 win) 7. Mike Conway 93 (1 win)
3. Simon Pagenaud 143 (1 win) 8. Marco Andretti 89
4. Sebastien Bourdais 125 9. Justin Wilson 87
5. Helio Castroneves 102 10. Tony Kanaan 82
Manufacturers’ Championship:
1. Chevrolet 366 (2 wins)
2. Honda 326 (2 wins)

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) started 4th, finished 1st, 1st win of 2014 and 3rd career Indy car victory:“I don’t like having to save fuel, but I did exactly as my team told me to do. I just kept working my [fuel] mileage and working my lap times and, thanks to Honda, I think we may have been ‘making’ fuel at the end! Definitely, I think we are now in the hunt for the championship. But at this moment, all I can think about is being at the Pagoda, in Victory Circle. It truly is something special that I will never forget.” Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race win: “What a great win for Simon Pagenaud, the Sam Schmidt organization and Honda. We all like to say ‘racing improves the breed’ but today, I think, a little of Honda’s well-earned reputation for efficiency and great fuel mileage helped us achieve a 1-2 finish. Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport their well-judged second place run today, and also to Bryan Herta Autosport and Jack Hawksworth, who demonstrated tremendous speed, until a communication miscue cost him a chance at victory. Our best wishes to James Hinchcliffe, who was injured by debris from a collision in front of him. We hope he recovers quickly. Now it’s on to the biggest prize of the year: the Indianapolis 500.”