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Pocono INDYCAR 500 Race Report


Todays was the fastest 500 mile race in history with an average speed of 202.402mph. Previous record was Fontana.

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
  • Rolled off the grid sixth and was given a drive thru penalty for a pit lane speed violation on his second stop
  • Finished in the 12th position

“Its two fold. We certainly werent the quickest car out there, but we certainly had a top 10 in it. On that second stop, my dash was configured wrong and I had no speed I had no idea how fast I was coming into pit lane and we got nailed for being over (the pit lane speed limit). That obviously put us on the back foot and we fought hard without any yellows to be on the lead lap, to eventually go a lap down three quarters of the way  through the race and a few laps later the yellow came. I guess everything that could have worked against us sort of did. The United Fiber & Data guys did a good job in the pits, and with that late yellow and some guys taking a risk, we made up a few spots. We never give up – that’s a common theme on this team and it ended up gaining us a few spots… but with double points, it was a bad day to have a bad day.”

Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 
  • Today’s third-place result marks the Colombian’s second podium finish in a 500-mile race (Indy, 2013) and back-to-back event podiums
  • Moves up one place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings and remains the highest ranked rookie

“I’m happy with today’s race… the car was good when I was on my own. This track, it’s really hard to pass, to be behind the cars. I think third place is a great result for the championship, especially with the double points; I’m really happy with a podium. It was a long race, and I think that this time, I raced like a veteran. My Cinsay crew guys did such a great job, great pit stops, and I’m happy with another podium.”


Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda


  • Started from the fifth position and showed promising speed before a pit lane penalty forced the hometown favorite to the back of the field
  • Finished today’s 500-mile race in the ninth position



“The race for us was blown from the beginning and the pit lane penalty (for speeding). I’m not sure where they got me speeding, I’m sure I was on the limiter way before the cones so I’m not sure what happened there. We never really rebounded after the penalty, making for a really frustrating 500 miles.” 

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
  • Started from the ninth position and suffered broken front suspension early in the race, forcing the No. 28 to the garages for repair
  • Returned to the track on Lap 46, 19 laps down, gained two positions and recorded points for an 18th-place finish
“Not really the day we were looking for. With that broken suspension early on, you think to yourself why does this have to happen in a double points race? The DHL guys did a great job getting the car fixed, but unfortunately we lost too many laps to hope for a win today. We salvaged all the points we could, which is what you have to do in a situation like this. There are still a lot of points on the line this season, and we re still in contention for the championship, so we really have to look at making every lap count and getting all the points possible in any given situation.”