INDIANAPOLIS – We all knew that Honda had the preferred aerokit to win on the superspeedways this year. Last season, they led all but 110 of their overall laps on the three superspeedway tracks (Indianapolis, Pocono, Texas). Combine that with an aerokit freeze, and there wasn’t a whole lot Chevrolet could do to close the gap.
With that being said, they’re showing that they’re going to be the ones to beat for the pole for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
Entering today’s practice session, Honda had the top four drivers on the overall speed chart and nine of the top 12.
In the all important Fast Friday session where boost levels were upped to mirror what they will have in qualifying, Honda had the top four overall speeds and 11 of the top 12 as well as 13 of the top 15.
On the no tow list, Honda had the top six speeds and 10 of the top 11. They also had 14 of the top 17.
So, it shows that Honda could dominate the front half of this year’s starting lineup again. Last year, they had five of the top nine, with only three Penske’s and Josef Newgarden with ECR making their way into the top three rows.
Overall, they had eight of the top 12 in 2016.
The only thing that could stop them are the Penske’s. They’ve won all five poles this year, and six in-a-row if you date back to the season finale at Sonoma last season. Today, they had 5-13-16-23-24 overall and 7-13-20-21-22 on the no tow list.
It appears Honda will win this year’s pole again.