POCONO 500 RACING REPORT

POCONO 500 RACING REPORT
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Aug 21, 2016

  • Honda’s Mikhail Aleshin to start from pole
  • Third consecutive superspeedway pole for Honda
  • Honda drivers claim five of top seven qualifying positions
Circuit: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) Long Pond, PA
2015 Winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) 146.245 mph average
Weather: Steady rain showers, mild, 72 degrees F

Top 10 Starting Field:

Ps. Driver       Team Manufacturer Speed Notes
  1. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 220.445  
  2. Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 220.195  
  3. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing      Honda 220.067  
  4. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 219.781  
  5. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 219.647  
  6. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 219.463  
  7. Alexander Rossi-R Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 219.326  
  8. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 218.617  
  9. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 218.606  
10. Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 218.424  

Other Honda-powered Results

11. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 218.204  
12. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing      Honda 218.051  
13. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 218.012  
20. Conor Daly-R Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 214.247  
21. Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 211.267  
22. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda No speed  

For the second time in 2016, rain has delayed a Verizon IndyCar Series oval race, with Sunday’s ABC Supply Co. Inc. Pocono 500 postponed until Monday after persistent afternoon showers moved into the Pocono Raceway area.

Green flag for the 200-lap event has now been scheduled for 12:09 p.m. Monday, with clearing skies and mild temperatures predicted for eastern Pennsylvania tomorrow.  Honda’s Mikail Aleshin will start from his IndyCar Series career-first pole, with Takuma Sato starting third.  Live television coverage will be on the NBC Sports Network starting at 12 p.m.

In June, the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway was also postponed after 71 of the scheduled 250 laps had been run.  That race is scheduled to be completed next Saturday, August 27, with Honda’s James Hinchcliffe resuming the contest in the lead, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and Aleshin, all in Hondas



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