Honda Racing Report - Qualifying Report - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Circuit: Bayrfront Park (1.8-mile street circuit) St. Petersburg, FL
2011 Winner:Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 84.975 mph
Weather:Sunny humid, 79 degrees F
Firestone "Fast Six" Qualifying Results:
|1.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||61.3721 sec.|
|2.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||61.5357|
|3.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||61.9321|
|4.||James Hinchcliffe-R||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||61.9701|
|5.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||61.9987|
|6.||Simon Pagenaud-R||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||Honda Dallara||62.1095||engine change penalty; will start 16th|
Second Round Qualifiers:
|7.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||61.7636|
|8.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||61.78945|
|9.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||61.8699|
|10.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||61.9570|
|11.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||62.0233|
|12.||Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||62.5084|
Other Honda-Powered Qualifiers:
|15.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||62.6915||Group 1|
|16.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||62.2538||Group 2|
|19.||Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||62.7155||Group 1|
|20.||James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||62.5271||Group 2|
|22.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||63.0437||Group 2|
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
Pagenaud Leads Honda Qualifying Runs at St. Petersburg
Schmidt Hamilton Racing's Simon Pagenaud was the quickest of the 10 Honda-powered entries in qualifying action Saturday for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the opening round in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
Pagenaud posted the sixth-fastest time around the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street circuit during the three-round IndyCar knockout qualifying. But a precautionary engine change made after Friday's practice sessions, and prior to the normal schedule of engine rotations, will result in a 10-place starting position penalty for Pagenaud.
Scott Dixon, defending race winner Dario Franchitti, 2008 race winner Graham Rahal and Mike Conway also posted top-12 qualifying results for Honda. The 100-lap Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, first in the 16-race 2012 season, starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.
Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) qualified 6th, but will start 16th due to a 10-position penalty for an unscheduled engine change: "We took a gamble [in Fast 6 final qualifying] and went out on [the harder compound] 'black' tires instead of the [softer] 'reds'. We had to try something different, because we knew we would be penalized for yesterday's engine change. It did not work for us, but it was worth the risk. The car is very good, and Honda did a great job with the engine. It should be an exciting race tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it."