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ABC Supply Co. Inc. Pocono 500 Racing Report

  • 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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