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Hawksworth 17 18 20th

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Race Report: Indianapolis 500

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 100 lived up to its tremendous hype. The temperature was hot and so was the action on the track. The overflow crowd saw close racing, 54 lead changes among 13 drivers including Alex Tagliani in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda, and Alexander Rossi, a 24-year-old rookie from California, win the Indy 500.

The race began with A.J. Foyt standing on track, giving the signal to the 33-car field to roll out, and receiving a “thumbs up” from honorary pace car driver Roger Penske. Foyt saluted the drivers as they drove past.

Takuma Sato, who started 12thin the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, spent the first half of the race dialing in his car. He dropped to 20th by lap 12 and by lap 80 he found himself battling with his teammates Tagliani and Jack Hawksworth, who started 31st in his ABC Supply Honda.

After the fourth pit stop, Sato began to move to the front as the car was balanced to his liking. He moved into 16th by lap 114. After the fifth stop and a gain of two spots due to his team’s quick service, he moved his way up to sixth by making passes on track. An untimely caution on lap 150 came a lap too early for Sato who was due to pit that lap. When he did pit, he dropped to 10th because others in the field pitted the lap before. On the restart, he lost four more spots and then he brushed the wall coming out of Turn 4. The hit was hard enough to damage his suspension and he was done for the day.

“Tough race,” a dejected Sato said afterwards. “In the beginning we needed to work on the car quite a lot because it was getting very difficult in traffic. We added downforce and then tried to compensate on the balance but it didn’t work. So I just wanted to go to the opposite and it picked up some pace in the end finally so that was good. The ABC Supply boys did a great job in the pits—very fast pit stops and we made up a couple places. At the one stage we looked really strong but unfortunately the yellow caught us and then I got behind in the shuffling around. Then there was a big washout and I ran wide in turn 4. Very tough one. I’m very thankful to be given the opportunity to run the 100th Indy 500, it was a very special one. It’s just a shame we couldn’t produce a good result. I’m sorry.”

Meanwhile, his teammate Tagliani had made it to the top spot through pit strategy, which after starting 33rd, was significant. He took the lead under caution on lap 117 and kept it under green, leading for 11 laps as he battled eventual winner Rossi before pitting on lap 135.

He made it back to the top 10 again just past the three-quarter mark but he had to pit for fuel with 12 laps to go. He went from eighth to 17th which is where he finished.

“After Carb Day, our car was quite good. I had a really solid car that my A.J. Foyt Racing team gave me today,” Tagliani said. “Thanks to all of the guys for their hard work the whole month. I think it was a really fun car to drive today, and we got some awesome restarts. Somehow, we ran out of luck in some places; we really needed track position when we trimmed. We went back to P20 when we trimmed and that was a bit difficult, but nevertheless I was really happy I had a car I could fight with for the whole race. There were a few things we missed on pit stops when changing wing that weren’t correct, but with the group of guys we had for the short time we worked together, we had a solid race. We just never had track position with a bit of luck on fuel that we could’ve showcased. When we were up front, we needed to save fuel so we could push, and when we were in the back, we were pushing but we were too trim. Again, I’m still really happy with the car. Thanks to Alfe. I’m really honored to represent the Ft. Wayne company here [in Indianapolis]. Given the right circumstances, we could’ve fought for a win today.”

Hawksworth was in the same situation as Sato had been; Hawksworth had to adjust his car throughout the 200-lap race. He made his way into the top half of the field by lap 135. He continued to pass cars and by lap 160, he was 11th at the time his teammate hit the wall.

Then a slight miscue on a pit stop—Hawksworth slid past his marks—cost him seven spots. He slipped to 18th but he did manage to climb back to 14th. Unfortunately, a vibration in his right rear tire forced him to slow down. He crossed the finish line in 16th for his best finish in the 500 in three tries.

“I thought the no. 41 ABC Supply Honda was pretty good considering that we missed a lot of practice early on in the month,” Hawksworth said. “Throughout the race we kept making it better, chipping away, chipping away after starting at the back. I had a moment coming into the pits in the last stop--so sorry to the guys for that. It cost us some track position. In the end the left rear tire was delaminating (degrading). It was down to the cords so I was hanging on and the car was sliding all over. Not a bad day overall considering the circumstances. Hopefully we can come back in the future and prepare to not have the same issues. Being able to start up front and staying up there is key.”

Rossi became to the 10th rookie to win the 500. Stretching his final fuel stint to 36 laps and running on fumes, he crossed the yard of bricks over 4 seconds ahead of his teammate Carlos Munoz who had to pit for fuel with three laps to go. Rounding out the top five were: Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.

The teams head to Detroit next week for a doubleheader, racing on both Saturday and Sunday. Both races will be broadcast by ABC-TV starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on both days.

Carb Day Report

INDIANAPOLIS May 27, 2016-Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is when the 33-car starting field has the chance to sort out their cars in race trim. With temperatures closer to what they will be on race day it was a good opportunity for teams to check the cars’ balance and how they perform in traffic during the one hour session.

Alex Tagliani was the happiest in the AJ Foyt Racing stable as it appeared he could put his No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda anywhere he wanted on the track. Tagliani, who had a tough qualifying session, will start 33rd in the 500 but he is confident after today’s session.

“I’m super happy and super thankful for all of the guys, and their hard work,” said the ebullient Frenc-Canadian driver, who was 19th quick with a top speed of 223.133mph. “They kept pounding at it and we had a mission. We wanted to be in the Top 10, we felt we had a car to be there. No one threw in the towel and they built a really good, solid car for the race. The timing is perfect. Everybody is pumped; everybody saw how competitive we were. We were aggressive out there [in final practice], so it’s going to be good to sleep, but at the same time I’m really excited for the race. The car was solid, predictable, and on the safe side. For the way we ran, it’s really positive.”

Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth? Not so much. However both drivers liked their cars last Monday and will be looking at the differences to find the sweet spots that were missing in today’s practice.

“The conditions were a bit different, the wind direction was different and it was a warmer temperature which is good because we expect to have a warmer race on Sunday,” Sato said after turning a fast lap of 223.433mph. “We need to work on the car a little bit—it washes out and was a bit unstable in traffic – I’m a little nervous about that. We need to understand where that came from but I’m confident we can go back to where we were. I think that’s the way to go. We got some good data to confirm a few things but still we need to check with the other two cars.”

Hawksworth too was more comfortable in his No. 41 ABC Supply Honda on Monday but believes the team will be able to find the combination for race day. He was 24th quick with a speed of 222.444mph. “It was an interesting session,” said the 25-year-old Brit who will starts 31st Sunday. “The car was not as strong as it was on Monday. I was very happy with it on Monday in terms of balance. I think we need to take a step back to look at why it changed and go back to that happy place. I wasn’t able to follow closely to cars as I was able to on Monday. We’ll need to go back and look at that and go onto Sunday.”

Tony Kanaan set the pace with a lap of 226.280 mph. Carlos Munoz (224.77), Scott Dixon (224.60), Will Power (224.38) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (224.32) rounded out the top five.

The next time the cars will fire up will be the start of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on ABC-TV with the hour-long pre-race show starting at 11 a.m.

Track Report: May 23

INDIANAPOLIS May 23, 2016 --The last practice prior to Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway proved eventful yet productive at times for the 14, 35, and 41 teams of A.J. Foyt Racing. After a satisfactory qualification day for the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, Takuma Sato reported he was able to test out his car in traffic for the first time today, and feels confident looking ahead to this weekend’s race. “I think it was a productive day. I was able to learn about the car in traffic finally for the first time because we never had the opportunity to run in traffic on practice days because we had so much going on. We tried a few test items, some worked pretty good, some didn’t so I think we found a good baseline for the race. We’ll go through the data over the next couple days because we still need to try a few things on Carb Day, but I think we are in a good position now.”

The No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating crew worked extremely hard to ready Alex Tagliani’s backup car for Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 after yesterday’s qualification incident, and was able to get the car back on track prior to the end of today’s practice. With Friday’s Carb Day, Tagliani hopes to really test the car and make necessary adjustments in preparation for this weekend’s race. “We made a few runs today, with big thanks to the crew for working hard to put the car back on track today. I’m sure it was a lot of work for them. I guess our Carb Day will become very important to us, and hopefully we have a good race.”

Unfortunately for Jack Hawksworth, driver of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, his woes for this year’s race continued during practice, losing the engine to failure late in today’s session. “We’ve had our fair share of setbacks these past two weeks. This is the cherry on top of the cake. We’ll obviously have to change the engine. I was pretty happy with the car today. Now we need to get miles on the new engine on Carb Day. That’s important to break it in before Sunday. Then we reset and go to the Indy 500.”

The cars of A.J. Foyt Racing return to the Brickyard Friday, May 27 for Carb Day, with final IndyCar practice from 11:00am to 12:00pm ET. Additionally, 12 teams, including the No. 14 ABC Supply team, will participate in the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition beginning at 1:30pm ET. Action from the track can be seen on NBCSN from 11:00am to 3:30pm ET.

Qualifying Report – Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS May 22, 2016—In the final qualifying round for the Indianapolis 500, the AJ Foyt Racing team experienced the highs and lows of Indy.

Takuma Sato put it on “the front row” of the 24 qualifiers outside of the Fast Nine to start 12th on the outside of row four in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda. He posted a four-lap average speed of 228.029mph under tricky weather conditions which caught out his teammate Alex Tagliani.

“The 14 ABC Supply crew did a fantastic job after having had difficult days this week, and difficult qualifying runs for the sister cars,” said an exuberant Sato. “We were all nervous about it especially with the gusty winds. We performed very similar to what we had this morning in practice which was fantastic so the engineers and crew did a perfect job and gave me a fast car, a very fast car, so I was very happy.”

Sato remarked to his crew that it was the best car he had in qualifying here at the Speedway, and it was certainly his best qualifying performance at the Brickyard since he joined the Foyt team in 2013.

Tagliani was the first driver in the Foyt stable to make a qualifying run in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda. Warm and windy conditions made for a challenging session for all of the drivers. Tagliani lost control going through Turn 4 coming for the green to start his first qualifying lap. The car did a quarter spin missing the outside wall but then it shot across the track and hit the attenuator structure at Pit In which sheared off the nose of the car. The car twirled like a top down the main straightaway before coming to rest against the pit wall. Tagliani emerged from the car uninjured.

“It’s probably the worst situation to be in because I really don’t like to see the guys work,” said “Tag” afterwards. “It’s such a long two weeks of work without any troubles so one problem takes a lot of energy to bring you back. The team thinks we’re going to have a stellar car, and we’ll surprise people. The race is what counts, we just have to forget about it [the accident]. Looking at the data and the video, I think we were on the edge and obviously the wind caught us off guard really late in the corner. That was lucky because the damage could have been a lot worse. Nevertheless, completing those four laps, I think we would have had two cars up there. We were going for it.”

The team is pulling out a backup car and is working to have it ready for a shakedown run in tomorrow afternoon’s practice. He will start in the final spot of the 33-car field.

Jack Hawksworth, who was the next driver to make a qualifying run after Tagliani, was not comfortable in his car in either the practice session or the qualifying session.

“The conditions were hotter than expected so the tires fell off,” said Hawksworth, who will start 31st in his No. 41 ABC Supply Honda. Hawksworth posted a four lap average speed of 224.596mph. “Like yesterday, we had consistent 225 mph speeds, but the rear tires fell off. I kept getting more loose throughout the run. The speed is still not there. We’re still struggling for outright speed. The tire degradation was the biggest problem and what made the cookie crumble."

As thrilled as he was for Sato, Team President Larry Foyt noted, “We had a tough day right out of the box with Tagliani having an accident, we’re just glad he’s okay. Jack wasn’t real happy with his run but it was really tough conditions. It was great to have those guys go out early and help us make some changes to the 14 car. Takuma did a super job, in fact the whole crew did to have a great run, and it’s a great place to start. We can definitely win the race from there [12th].

“It did hurt the tub so we’ll go to a backup car for Tag,” Foyt added. “It’s a lot of work for the guys but the plan is to be out for race practice tomorrow to get a good shakedown run in.”

James Hinchcliffe won the Verizon P1 pole in the No. 5 Arrow Honda fielded by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. It was his first career pole in the Verizon IndyCar Series and comes with a hefty check of $100,000. Hinchcliffe’s 230.760mph four lap average came at the track where he nearly lost his life a year ago after a crash in practice. The emotions ran high not only for “Hinch” and his team but for everyone in the paddock who knows the personable driver.

Josef Newgarden and 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay join Hinchcliffe on the front row starting in second and third places respectively.

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast live on ABC-TV this Sunday starting at 11 a.m. ET with the pre-race show followed by the race telecast.

First Day Qualifying Report – Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS May 21, 2016—The first day of qualifying for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 normally would set the field of 33 cars but with just 33 entries in this year’s race, the focus shifted to determining who would be in in the Fast Nine shootout tomorrow afternoon.

Although the AJ Foyt Racing team will not be among the contenders for the Fast Nine session based on today’s results,  the team will use tomorrow’s 30-minute  practice sessions to determine if the setup on Takuma Sato’s No. 14 ABC Supply Honda will suit both Jack Hawksworth and Alex Tagliani.

In today’s provisional qualifying session, Sato ran a four-lap average speed of 228.096mph which put him 16th on the provisional grid of 33.

“I’m so pleased to be back here and have an opportunity to be in the 100th Running,” said Sato after his run. “Having said that, as my teammate Alex [Tagliani] probably explained to you, we’ve been struggling. To be honest, we had back and forth and difficult days, particularly this morning as we weren’t even able to run properly. There was a bit of discussion as to what we were going to do [in qualifying]. Obviously the weather change is really challenging for everyone but for us in particular, we found it really difficult. I was just so happy we put everything together for my qualifying laps. It wasn’t necessarily the happiest [run] but we put together a decent speed under the circumstance. Hopefully if there is an opportunity, we can go back out again in the afternoon.”

Sato did not get back out to make another run but the team will have a chance to practice before tomorrow’s final qualifying session.

Jack Hawksworth and Alex Tagliani struggled during their qualifying runs as they were not happy with their cars.

“The car wasn’t very fast,” said Hawksworth, who posted a four-lap average of 225.388mph in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda which was the 28th quickest. “The car can definitely get faster. I think the 14 car had the right idea on set up. I think we could put what they had on theirs onto mine and see where it gets us. We’ve been on the back foot so far this week. We’ve struggled a little bit the past few days, but it seems Takuma found something, so we’ll sit down with him and figure out what he’s doing.”

Tagliani also had trouble during his run in which he posted a four-lap average speed of 224.507mph. The team made changes to his car with the thought that they would be able to get another run in.

“It’s disappointing to be where we are,” said Tagliani. “We’re going to try something now before the end of the day to give us a direction and hopefully tomorrow we’ll be able to salvage a better performance.”

Although Tagliani never did get back on track in the final and frenetic hour of qualifying, he will be able to evaluate the changes in tomorrow’s 30-minute practice session which precedes final qualifying. The practice sessions will be divided into three groups beginning with cars in positions 22-33, then 10-21 and finally the Fast Nine.

Qualifications begin at 2:45 in reverse order of where they qualified, so the 33rd car will go out first. Drivers in Group 1 (positions 10-33) will make one attempt, and the best they can shoot for is 10th.

Drivers in the Fast Nine are: James Hinchcliffe, who posted the fastest four-lap average speed today of 230.946mph. Second through ninth were: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Townsend Bell, Josef Newgarden, Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Munoz, and Simon Pagenaud. The Fast Nine will each get one qualifying attempt in their run for the Verizon Pole Award from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

ESPN 3 will broadcast the first part of qualifying from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Then ABC-TV will air the final two hours starting at 4 p.m.

Track Report: May 20

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. May 20, 2016: Fast Friday proved challenging for the teams of A.J. Foyt Racing. Takuma Sato, in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, was able to find some gains in speed with the help of boost, in addition to valuable feedback, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Today with the higher boost, it bumped up the speed significantly so it was a different dynamic of the car balance. We tried a few things and got very valuable information today but we weren’t able to put everything together for the speed. We’ll analyze the data tonight and hopefully we’ll go faster tomorrow.”

Jack Hawksworth, in his No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, feels he is not quite where he would like to be with his entry into the Indianapolis 500, however is getting a feel for the direction he’d like to go. “We’ve got a bit of work to do still on the car. The car we have right now is doing a few different things in the corners. I think we found something in the right direction there at the end of the session. We certainly have some ideas for tomorrow so hopefully we can just calm the car down and get it to do just one thing in the corners.”

Alex Tagliani, in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda, spent much of the day feeling out changes to the car ahead of tomorrow’s qualifications. Working with the crew in the garage to find a preferred setup, Tagliani feels the team is in a tough spot. “Obviously it was not a good day today for us. We really struggled to find the setup with car trim. We had a couple of tough moments on the track. Not something you really want to see, so we are in a really rough situation right now because we have to change the car and hit it right on the money for our first run tomorrow. It’s going to be difficult, but we’re going to put our heads down and figure something out."

The teams look ahead to tomorrow morning’s group and full field practice beginning at 8:00am ET. Qualifying will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 5:50 p.m., and it will lock in the Firestone Fast 9 which will compete for the Pole position on Sunday afternoon. Each car in the field will have to make another four-lap qualifying run on Sunday to establish their grid position for the race.

Tomorrow’s broadcast of qualifications runs from 11:00am to 3:00pm ET on ESPN3, switching to ABC from 4:00pm to 6:00pm ET.

Indy 500 Practice Report: May 19

INDIANAPOLIS May, 19, 2016- Alex Tagliani, in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda, led the way for AJ Foyt Racing in the fourth day of free practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500. Tagliani posted a speed of 226.272 mph, with the assist of a tow, good for 13th position on the speed charts. Tagliani ran a total of 44 laps in today’s session. After posting a 224.830 mph speed in yesterday’s practice and being two miles per hour faster today, Tagliani is happy with the progress of the team.

“Again, we made some progress today,” the Canadian veteran said. “Changes that we made continue to improve the car quite a bit. In traffic, the car seemed to be racier. We did an evaluation of the car at various points on our own, with heavy fuel tanks, running with massive packs of cars in front of us, then less. I think we’re in the ballpark; the car has really good potential. There are a few things I’d really like to see from the car for race conditions. It’s the best day we've had so far even though we didn’t run many laps. I’m really happy the guys kept working at it, and avoided some issues and missteps we had this morning. Everybody kept their head down to salvage a good day.”

Takuma Sato posted a speed with tow assistance of 225.044 mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, which put him 26th on the speed charts. Sato was slightly faster in yesterday’s session, but understands the need to be patient and to learn from all three team cars during the week.

“We had to be patient but I think I was relieved in the end,” Sato said. “We were able to learn – all three cars were trying different philosophies, and it was a good day in that each car was headed in its own direction. Now we need to gather all the data together and settle on one direction. It was a productive day; it was short on track time –spent a lot of time in the garage--but it was productive.”

Jack Hawksworth, in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, saw a big improvement from where he was yesterday. Hawksworth posted a 224.729 mph tow-assisted speed today, which put him 28th on the speed charts. Yesterday, Hawksworth posted a 217.789 mph speed with a failing engine. Today, the 41 car received a new engine, and that seemed to provide progress for the team as well as some great changes to the car towards the end of the day.

“We went out this morning in the No. 41 ABC Supply car and it was our first time running in the new engine, the Brit said. “We worked on the car. Worked on getting the balance right for race traffic. By the end of the day, found a pretty decent set up to run in. Now we need to plan for tomorrow. Obviously tomorrow is qualifying prep for Saturday. We will put this map [race trim] in our pocket and we will work on it Monday.”

Gabby Chaves posted the fastest tow-assisted speed of 227.961 mph in today’s practice. Will Power posted the fastest non-tow speed of 225.381 mph. Tomorrow’s practice session is the last before qualifying for the 100th Indianapolis 500 begins on Saturday at 11:50am EST. The 100th Indianapolis 500 will be run May 29 on ABC at 12pm EST.

Track Report: May 16

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. May 16, 2016 – Turning few laps during Opening Day practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the No. 14, 41, and 35 teams worked to establish a baseline for the upcoming week both on and off track.

Takuma Sato led the three teams in first practice, turning 24 laps with a top speed of 223.826mph to finish in 20th position in his No. 14 ABC Supply Honda. “It was a short day but at least we were able to do a proper shakedown and went through very basic study. We ran in very light traffic. Primarily today I ran just by myself to get into rhythm,” noted Sato.

Turning the shortest amount of laps of the team in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda, Alex Tagliani finished the day in 30th place, turning 13 laps at a top speed of 220.715mph. In regard to first practice of the month on the oval track, Tagliani said, “Opening Day was okay. It was interesting to feel the car with some new things on it. We have work to do obviously, but it was good to get the car on track and run it. I think we were quite conservative with downforce for the few laps we did.”

Jack Hawksworth completed his 14 laps on track with a top speed of 213.586mph, but noted that much of the focus of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda crew was engine, not speed. “Today we were trying to work in the engine. We didn’t get many laps in so we don’t have a clear vision of where we are. The car was a little pushy so we made a few wing adjustments. It was nice to go over 200mph again on an oval like this. We’ll see where we are tomorrow with more laps under our belt.”

A.J. Foyt Racing returns to the track tomorrow at 12:00pm for the second practice session of the week ahead of next week’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.