Every year on the weekend of the US holiday Memorial Day, some of the best racecar drivers in the world gather in a little town called Speedway, Indiana at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of the biggest annual races in the world. Last weekend saw the 100th-annual Indianapolis 500, and we’re very proud of all the Honda drivers that participated in the huge event. With half of the vehicles being Honda and the other half being Chevrolet, Honda drivers had to fight pretty hard to place well, and they did. If you’re wondering who won the race, the answer is Alexander Rossi, a rookie Honda driver, and he was followed within 5 seconds by another Honda driver in Carlos Munoz.
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“I have no idea how we pulled that off! We struggled a bit in the early pit stops, but then Bryan [Herta, team co-owner] came up with an unbelievable strategy. Ryan [Hunter-Reay] was incredibly helpful, he gave me a tow at the end to produce an amazing 1-2 result. It’s phenomenal. It will change my life, for sure. I have to thank Michael Andretti and Bryan for giving me such a wonderful race car all month. I’ll cherish the fact that, at one point, we were last, but we rolled the dice and we came through and made it happen. The [winner’s] milk taste better than anything I’ve ever had.”
– Alexander Rossi, #91 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda, Rookie Indy 500 Champion
What happened at the Indy 500?
The race is 500 miles long, which means 200 laps. Rossi started in the 11th slot, but managed to pull through and finish in first place out of 33 drivers. Carlos Munoz, who was also an Andretti Autosport Honda driver, finished in second just 4.5 seconds behind Rossi after having started in the 5th slot. The race was filled with excitement and we’re very proud to say that a Honda-engineered vehicle won this prestigious race.
“That 100th running of the Indy 500 had a little bit of everything: clean, long runs at the beginning, followed by unfortunate incidents in the pits mid-race, to finish up as a strategy and fuel economy nail-biter – all the things that make IndyCar racing exciting. After dominating the first half of the race, it was gratifying to know that we had enough depth to cover both the fuel economy strategy, and the max power strategy. It makes all the incredibly hard work performed by HPD over the past year worthwhile. Congratulations to Alexander [Rossi] for an incredible performance in his ‘500’ debut.’
– Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development