Honda Racing Report - Qualifying Report - Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
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:
|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."