Front row start for Rahal, Honda in Toronto

7/15/2017

Front Row Start for Rahal in Toronto

·       Graham Rahal qualifies second for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto

·       Scott Dixon slots in fifth in final qualifying round

·       Hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe to start sixth

 

TORONTO, Ont. (July 15, 2017) – Graham Rahal’s outstanding run in the final minutes of qualifying today netted the Honda driver a front-row staring spot for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.  Rahal‘s time of 59.2245 seconds around the bumpy, 1.786-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit was second fastest on the day, just three-tenths of a second off the pace set by pole qualifier and defending series champion Simon Pagenaud. 

 

The front-row start is the second of the year for Rahal – his first was a pole at Detroit in June – and a career best for him in Toronto.  Both championship points leader Scott Dixon and hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe advanced through the first two rounds of qualifying to also advance to the “Fast Six” final session, with Dixon qualifying fifth and Hinchcliffe, sixth.

 

Honda’s Alexander Rossi, Max Chilton, Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti all advanced out of the first qualifying round, and will start eighth through 11th, respectively.  Sunday’s 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “That was awesome!  I couldn’t be more proud of the Rousseau team.  These boys have worked so hard and we put it together in the final round [of qualifying].  We can definitely race them hard from here.  I think we have a pretty good race car,  it’s going to be a great race tomorrow. Trust me, we’re going to give them everything we’ve got.  We want to get a win. When you have a car like this, and a team like this, it makes it a lot more confidence inspiring.  When you go out there you know that you have what it takes to get the job done. They have made my life a lot easier. A result like this is great for all of our partners.”

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto

Circuit:              Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada

2016 Winner:     Will Power (Team Penske) 88.739 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, warn, 77 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

58.9124

First pole of 2017

  2.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

59.2245

+0.3121 seconds

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

59.4345

Fast Six final Qualifying

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

59.5430

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  5.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

59.7970

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

60.1415

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

59.5892

2nd Round Qualifying

  8.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

60.0114

2nd Round Qualifying

  9.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

60.1202

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

60.1970

2nd Round Qualifying

11.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

60.3384

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

62.3040

Crash, red flag penalty

Other Honda Results

14.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

60.0607

1st Round, Group 2

15.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

59.8686

1st Round, Group 1

16.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

60.0926

1st Round, Group 2

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

59.9820

1st Round, Group 1

20.

Sebastian Saavedra

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

60.6272

1st Round, Group 1

21.

Esteban Gutierriez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

60.7441

Crash, red flag penalty

 

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