Honda Racing Report - Pole Day Qualifying Report - Indianapolis 500
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Speedway, IN
2011 Winner: Dan Wheldon (Bryan Herta Autosport Honda) 170.265 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 81 degrees F
Indianapolis 500 Pole Day Qualifying Results:
|Ps.||Driver||Team||Engine/Chassis||Four-Lap Average Speed|
|1.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||226.484 mph|
|2.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||226.481|
|3.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||225.722|
|4.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||225.456|
|5.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||225.422|
|6.||Helio Castroneves-W||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||225.172|
|7.||Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||224.037|
|8.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||224.751*|
|9.||E.J. Viso||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||224.422*|
|10.||Rubens Barrichello-R||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||224.264|
|11.||Alex Tagliani||Bryan Herta Autosport||Honda Dallara||224.000|
|12.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||223.959|
|13.||Ana Beatriz||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||223.920|
|14.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||223.868|
|15.||Scott Dixon-W||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||223.684|
|16.||Dario Franchitti-W||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||223.582|
|17.||James Jakes-R||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||223.482|
|18.||JR Hildebrand||Panther Racing||Chevrolet Dallara||223.422|
|19.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||223.392|
|20.||Townsend Bell||Schmidt Hamilton Racing||Honda Dallara||223.134|
|21.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||222.929|
|22.||Michel Jourdain||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||222.893|
|23.||Simon Pagenaud-R||Schmidt Hamilton Racing||Honda Dallara||222.891|
|24.||Sebastien Saavedra||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||222.811|
|Honda-Powered Drivers Still to Qualify:|
|Wade Cunningham||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||Bumped from top 24|
|Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||Bumped from top 24|
|Bryan Clauson-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||Crashed during qualifying|
W - Previous 500 Winner
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
|*Did not post a qualifying speed during "Fast Nine" final qualifying|
Rookie Newgarden Leads Honda Indy 500 Qualifying
Josef Newgarden continued his impressive rookie run Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, qualifying seventh for Honda-powered Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in his first Indianapolis 500. After heading the time sheets during three of the seven practice days leading up to today's Pole Day qualifying, Newgarden was the fastest of 12 Honda-powered qualifiers for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Sharing the third row with Newgarden will be the KV Racing Technology entries of veterans Tony Kanaan and E.J. Viso. Both Kanaan and Viso made the "Fast Nine" with their opening segment qualifying runs, but elected not to take part in the final pole shootout. As a result, they were placed eighth and ninth, respectively, based on their first segment qualifying speeds.
Alex Tagliani, pole qualifier for last year's "500," was the second-fastest Honda qualifier today and will start 11th for Bryan Herta Autosport, just ahead of the Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Graham Rahal, who will start on the outside of the fourth row, 12th. The fifth row of the starting grid will include Charlie Kimball, in the middle of the row, 14th, with Scott Dixon on the outside in 15th.
Qualifying concludes Sunday with the traditional "Bump Day" qualifying to complete the 33-car field. Only three Honda-powered entries have yet to qualify: the A.J. Foyt Racing entries of Mike Conway and Wade Cunningham, who were both bumped from the top-24 qualifiers today; and the Sarah Fisher Hartman entry of rookie Bryan Clauson, who crashed without injury during his first qualifying attempt.
Continuous television coverage of final qualifying, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT, will be provided by the NBC Sports Network.
Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) qualified 7th for his first Indianapolis 500: "Yeah, I'm happy. Our goal today was to make the 'Fast Nine' and that's exactly what we achieved. Once we did that, there was no reason to risk the car any futher [with additional qualifying runs] especially in light of what happened to [teammate] Bryan [Clauson] in the other car. We have a great starting position for the race, and I've got to thank the team, who've done a fabulous job this whole week."