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 Date: May 29, 2006 11:08
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: Honda Racing PR
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Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5 mile oval) Speedway, Ind.
2005 Winner: Dan Wheldon (Honda) 157.603 mph average speed
Weather: Sunny, hot and humid, 87 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 Results:

Ps. St. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Laps Average Speed/Notes
1. 1. Sam Hornish Jr. Marlboro Team Penske Honda Dallara 200 157.085 mph average
2. 9.
Marco Andretti-R Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 200 -0.0635 seconds
3. 13.
Michael Andretti Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 200 -1.0087 seconds
4. 3. Dan Wheldon-W Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 200 -1.2692 seconds
5. 5.
Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 200 -1.4656 seconds
6. 4.
Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 200 -3.0566 seconds
7. 17.
Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 200 -5.6249 seconds
8. 10. Danica Patrick Rahal Letterman Racing Honda Panoz 200 -5.7263 seconds
9. 8.
Scott Sharp Delphi Fernandez Racing Honda Dallara 200 -11.1252 seconds
10. 6. Vitor Meira Panther Racing Honda Dallara 200 -17.9554 seconds
11. 12. Ed Carpenter Vision Racing Honda Dallara 199 Running
12. 25. Buddy Lazier-W Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 199 Running
13. 19. Eddie Cheever-W Cheever Racing Honda Dallara 198 Running
14. 18. Max Papis Cheever Racing Honda Dallara 197 Running
15. 7. Kosuke Matsuura Super Aguri Fernandez Honda Dallara 195 Running
16. 28. Roger Yasukawa
Playa del Racing Honda Panoz 194 Running
17. 24. Jaques Lazier Playa del Racing
Honda Panoz 193 Running
18. 29. Airton Dare Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Panoz 193 Running
19. 32. P.J. Jones
Team Leader Racing Honda Panoz 189 Running
20. 16. Bryan Herta
Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 188 Running
21. 21. Felipe Giaffone A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara
177 Did not finish - contact
22. 15. Townsend Bell-R
Vision Racing Honda Dallara 161 Did not finish - suspension
23. 26. Jeff Simmons Rahal Letterman Racing Honda Panoz 152 Did not finish - contact
24. 27. Al Unser Jr.-W Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 145 Did not finish - contact
25. 2. Helio Castroneves-W Marlboro Team Penske Honda Dallara 109 Did not finish - contact
26. 14. Buddy Rice-W Rahal Letterman Racing Honda Panoz 108 Did not finish - contact
27. 11. Tomas Scheckter Vision Racing Honda Dallara 65 Did not finish - contact
28. 31. Arie Luyendyk Jr.-R Luyendyk Racing Honda Panoz 54 Did not finish - handling
29. 30. Stephan Gregoire Team Leader Racing Honda Panoz 49 Did not finish - handling
30. 23. Larry Foyt A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Panoz 43 Did not finish - handling
31. 33. Thiago Medeiros-R PDM Racing Honda Panoz 24 Did not finish - electrical
32. 22. Jeff Bucknum Hemelgarn Racing Honda Dallara 1 Did not finish - contact
33. 20. P.J. Chesson-R Hemelgarn Racing Honda Dallara 1 Did not finish - contact

Hondas Flawless and Hornish Wins A Thrilling Indy 500

Sam Hornish Jr. won a thrilling 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, passing rookie Marco Andretti in the final run from Turn Four to the checkered flag in an event that saw Honda supply the full 33-car starting field, and all 33 engines run flawlessly.

Sunday's 33 starting drivers completed a total of 5,035 laps (12,587.5 miles) with complete engine reliability. Speedway records are not complete, but it is believed this is the first time in '500' history that the race has run without a single engine problem.

For Hornish and his Marlboro Team Penske team, the key to the race came on Lap 160, when team owner Roger Penske called Hornish under caution to make his final pit stop, in addition to a 'drive through' penalty for a pit lane violation that had taken place in his previous scheduled pit stop.

The move for both fuel and fresh tires - plus the following 'drive through' under green flag conditions - dropped Hornish to the tail end of the lead lap, but positioned him for his charge to the front in the final laps, when he could run with a full-rich fuel mixture and a well-handling chassis.

One final yellow - for Felipe Giaffone's crash on Lap 191 - allowed Hornish to close up on leaders Marco and Michael Andretti, who had pitted for just a final spash of fuel and no new tires. The green flag waved on Lap 196 and with a better handling car, Hornish immediately caught and passed Michael Andretti.

That set up a duel between Hornish and 19-year-old Marco Andretti, making his first '500' race start in his rookie IndyCar Series season. With less than two laps remaining, Hornish made his first passing attempt, but was firmly rebuffed by Andretti. But Hornish refused to concede the victory, and powering off Turn 4 on the final lap, slipstreamed past Andretti to post his first '500' victory in six attempts by just 0.0635 seconds, the second-closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

Prior to the race start, Honda-powered drivers had turned a total of 12,155 laps (20,387.5 miles) in practice and qualifying with just one confirmed mechanical failure all month.

Robert Clarke (President, Honda Performance Development) on Honda powering the entire 33-car field: "We believe this is the first time the Indianapolis 500 has been run without a single engine problem. It's an amazing accomplishment for everyone at Honda Performance Development and our technical partner at Ilmor. I'm both extremely proud of the result and grateful for the incredible effort put forth by all of our associates leading up to today's race. Congratulations to Sam [Hornish] and Roger [Penske] for a great '500'. Their team fought back from adversity and gave us a thrilling finish today."

Sam Hornish Jr. (#6 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Started 1st, finished 1st, second: "Marco [Andretti] did a great job today. And at the end he raced me hard but fair. The first time I wasn't able to get the job done, but the last time I had a good run and he gave me the room I needed. The car was great, and it was the best it was all day in the final laps when it needed to be."

IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 4 of 14 races)

1. Helio Castroneves 156 points (2 wins) 6. Kosuke Matsuura 95
2. Sam Hornish Jr. 144 (1 win) 7. Dario Franchitti 89
3. Dan Wheldon 139 (1 win) 8. Bryan Herta 89
4. Scott Dixon 120 9. Marco Andretti 88
5. Tony Kanaan 119 10. Vitor Meira 84

Rookie of the Year:

1. Marco Andretti 88 points
2. P.J. Chesson 54
3. Jeff Simmons 24

Last edited by JeffX on May 29, 2006 11:10

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