Honda IndyCar Mid-Ohio Qualifying Report

8/3/2012

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Honda Indy 200                                                                                                                                            Qualifying Report

Circuit:                        Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course), Lexington, OH

2011 Winner:            Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 105.861 mph average

Weather:                        Mostly sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:05.6474

Fast Six Shootout

2.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:05.8950

Fast Six Shootout

3.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:05.9038

Fast Six Shootout

4.

Alex Tagliani

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:06.0047

Fast Six Shootout

5.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:06.0967

Fast Six Shootout

6.

Ryan Briscoe

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:06.2005

Fast Six Shootout

7.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:05.9405

2nd Round Qualifying

8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:06.0660

2nd Round Qualifying

9.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:06.1142

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

Josef Newgarden-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:06.1721

2nd Round Qualifying

11.

Oriol Servia

DRR Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:06.2053

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:06.6613

2nd Round Qualifying

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

17.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:06.7807

1st Round, Group 1

18.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:06.4404

1st Round, Group 2

21.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.1237

1st Round, Group 1

22.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:06.6251

1st Round, Group 2

24.

Giorgio Pantano

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.0348

1st Round, Group 2

 

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                                       

 

         Franchitti Runs Second in Mid-Ohio Qualifying

 

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti extended his streak of front-row qualifying runs to five consecutive races Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Franchitti was one of four Honda-powered drivers to make the final “Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start second in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.

 

Simon Pagenaud produced his best qualifying effort of 2012, and will start third on Sunday, behind Franchitti and pole qualifier Will Power.  Alex Tagliani continues to impress since his Bryan Herta Autosport team switched to Honda power before the Indianapolis 500, and turned the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the “Fast Six” shootout. 

 

Scott Dixon, a three-time winner at Mid-Ohio in the last five years, rounded out the top five in qualifying today.  Sunday’s 75-lap Honda Indy 200 starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

 

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) second quickest in qualifying, his fifth consecutive front-row start in 2012: “Qualifying was a lot of fun.  I got everything out of the car and thought it was a pretty good lap, but then I saw [pole qualifier Will] Power’s time and knew it hadn’t been quite enough. If it stays dry for tomorrow, we’re in a great position to challenge for the win.  But if it rains, then it’s anyone’s race.” 



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