Honda Racing Report - Qualifying Report - Honda Grand Prix of Alabama

3/31/2012

Circuit: Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, AL
2011 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske Honda) 92.194 mph average
Weather: Partly sunny, humid, 77 degrees F

Firestone "Fast Six" Qualifying Results:

Ps. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Best Time Notes
1. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 1:10.4768
2. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 1:10.5222
3. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 1:10.5291
4. Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 1:10.8791
5. JR Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara 1:11.0759
6. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 1:11.3740
 
Second Round Qualifiers:
7. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 1:11.5257
8. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 1:11.0098
9. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 1:12.0098
10. Simon Pagenaud-R Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 1:14.2839
11. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara [no time - red flag penalty]
12. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara [no time - yellow flag penalty]
 
Other Honda-Powered Qualifiers:
15. Josef Newgarden-R Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda Dallara 1:10.6851 Group 1
16. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 1:10.6111 Group 2
18. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 1:10.6749 Group 2
19. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 1:11.5524 Group 1
20. James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 1:10.7526 Group 2
22. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 1:10.3594 Group 2

R - IndyCar Series Rookie

Dixon, Conway Lead Honda Qualifying at Barber

Fresh off a second-place finish at last weekend�s season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Target Chip Ganassi Racing�s Scott Dixon places third Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park to lead the Honda effort in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday�s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

Mike Conway made the second row of the starting field an all-Honda affair, as he hustled his A.J. Foyt Racing machine around the challenging 2.3-mile Barber circuit to post the fourth-quickest time in the final round of IndyCar "knockout" qualifying. Conway�s achievement marked the first "Fast Six" IndyCar qualifying appearance for the Foyt team since 2007.

Reigning Indy Lights champion Josef Newgarden led the rookie contingent with the fourth-quickest time of the day for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Other Honda-powered drivers in the top ten today included fellow rookie Simon Pagenaud, three-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Graham Rahal.

A late red flag during the second qualifying round, due to a spin by Ryan Hunter-Reay, prevented Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud from advancing to the final round, and they will start eighth and tenth, respectively. Sunday�s 90-lap Honda Grand Prix of Alabama is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 3rd, equals his best previous IndyCar qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park; finished 2nd last week at the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: "Qualifying today was a bit of an unknown for us. Due to the weather, we had very little running yesterday; and did not run very quickly when we were on track. Plus, last week there was a big difference between the [standard] black tires and the [option] reds, and we didn�t know if that would hold true again today. All-in-all, this was a great performance from the team, especially considering where we started here on Friday. I�m looking forward to Sunday�s race."



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