Honda Racing Report - Pole Day Qualifying Report - Indianapolis 500

5/19/2012

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 BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara226.484 mph
2.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara226.481
3.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara225.722
 
4.Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara225.456
5.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara225.422
6.Helio Castroneves-WTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara225.172
 
7.Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara224.037
8.Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara224.751*
9.E.J. VisoKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara224.422*
 
10.Rubens Barrichello-RKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara224.264
11.Alex TaglianiBryan Herta AutosportHonda Dallara224.000
12.Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara223.959
 
13.Ana BeatrizAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara223.920
14.Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara223.868
15.Scott Dixon-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara223.684
 
16.Dario Franchitti-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara223.582
17.James Jakes-RDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara223.482
18.JR HildebrandPanther RacingChevrolet Dallara223.422
 
19.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara223.392
20.Townsend BellSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara223.134
21.Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara222.929
 
22.Michel JourdainRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara222.893
23.Simon Pagenaud-RSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara222.891
24.Sebastien SaavedraAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara222.811
 
Honda-Powered Drivers Still to Qualify:
Wade CunninghamA.J. Foyt RacingHonda DallaraBumped from top 24
Mike ConwayA.J. Foyt RacingHonda DallaraBumped from top 24
Bryan Clauson-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda DallaraCrashed 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."



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