James Hinchcliffe and Honda Claim Indy 500 Pole Position
2016 Indy 500 Pole: James Hinchcliffe and Honda Racing
The 100th Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 29, and leading the charge is Honda Racing, the winningest automaker of all-time at the iconic race. After a thrilling final-hour performance on Saturday, James Hinchcliffe again delivered when it mattered the most, claiming the pole Sunday for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500, edging Josef Newgarden and fellow Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay by the narrowest of margins in the final qualifying run of the day. It is Hinchcliffe’s first Indy 500 pole, and the ninth for Honda at the historic Brickyard.
James Hinchcliffe Indy 500 Pole
Hinchcliffe’s run of nearly 231 mph on Saturday secured first-round qualifying honors, and meant he would be the last of five Honda drivers vying for the pole during for Sunday’s “Fast Nine” shootout. As the final driver to qualify, and just over a year after a practice-session crash resulted in life-threatening injuries, “Hinch” produced a four-lap average speed of 230.760 mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis oval to claim the pole for himself, his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team and Honda. It was Hinchcliffe’s first Indianapolis 500 pole, after qualifying second in 2014.
“This is a point of pride today for the team, for Honda and all the incredible work they’ve done. It [qualifying] was a great run, the car was stellar. I have to thank my teammates a huge amount, we communicated well all week long. I hope a week from now we have an even better story to tell.” – James Hinchcliffe, Pole Qualifier for the 100th Indy 500
Honda Racing Success at Indianapolis 500
Honda racing has achieved unprecedented success at the Indianapolis 500, winning it a total of 10 times, which makes them the most successful carmaker of all-time at the iconic annual race. During the Indy 500 competition, Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any automaker, has had more starts at the Indianapolis 500, leading all other automakers (301 starts) and has completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker (50,019 laps). Also, Honda has powered 10 drivers to the Borg Warner trophy, emblematic of the Indianapolis 500 championship, and since 1994, Honda has scored 12 Manufacturers’ Championships and drivers have won 217 races and 15 series championships with Honda Power.
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