Race Day: Takuma Sato’s Foyt Racing Honda sits in grid, ready to tackle the track that made its owner famous.
Ryan Hunter Reay won the IndyCar Championship in 2012 and the Indy 500 in 2014. The last two years have been difficult for both him and his Andretti Autosport team. He was only able to muster a qualifying spot of 15th, beaten by his own rookie teammate.
That rookie teammate is none other than Alexander Rossi. The ex-F1 driver lost his seat at Manor F1 and landed with Andretti Autosport for 2016. He has been learning how to man handle the heavier cars of IndyCar, but at Indy’s road course he was finally beginning to shine, out qualifying all three of his race winning teammates and starting 8th. Of note is the fact he is wearing a jacket over his racing suit. The weather on race day never broke 50 and there was a constant wind all day long. It was one COLD race.
Will Power knows his work will be cut out for him with that 10th place starting position.
IndyCar steering wheels are refreshingly simple compared to F1. They even have enough room to stick a track map in place.
Chevrolet brought a new spec of front wing to Indy. The new wings add the outer air end plate to help funnel air over the mainplane of the wing. Only about half of the Chevys were actually running this wing. Honda also brought an update: an updated engine that they were installing in all of their cars that had met the mileage requirements for engine 1.