Honda IndyCar Sonoma Qualifying Report

8/25/2012

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, August 25, 2012

GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma                                                                                                        Qualifying Report

Circuit:                        Raceway at Sonoma (2.31-mile road course) Sonoma, Calif.

2011 Winner:            Will Power (Penske Racing Honda) 96.408 mph average

Weather:                        Mostly sunny, mild, 77 degrees F

  

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.2709

Fast Six Shootout

2.

Ryan Briscoe

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.4347

Fast Six Shootout

3.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.7497

Fast Six Shootout

4.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.1090

Fast Six Shootout

5.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:18.2126

Fast Six Shootout

6.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:18.3462

Fast Six Shootout

7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.3355

2nd Round Qualifying

8.

Alex Tagliani

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:18.4168

2nd Round Qualifying

9.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.4334

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:18.6258

2nd Round Qualifying

11.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.7885

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

Rubens Barrichello

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.9788

2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda-powered Results:

15.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.8981

1st Round, Group 1

18.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:18.9048

1st Round, Group 2

22.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.0262

1st Round, Group 2

23.

Josef Newgarden-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:19.7468

1st Round, Group 1

24.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:19.2821

1st Round, Group 2

26.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.5152

1st Round, Group 2

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                                       

         Dixon, Franchitti Lead Honda Qualifying at Sonoma

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti led the Honda-powered field in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday in Sonoma, California, and will start fifth and sixth, respectively, in Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Three other Honda drivers made it to the semi-final round of IndyCar roadcourse “knockout” qualifying at Sonoma, led by Alex Tagliani, who will start eighth in his Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Dallara.  Qualifying just behind Tagliani was Simon Pagenaud, who is en route to clinching series Rookie of the Year honors with Schmidt Hamilton Racing, and Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson, 10th.

Sunday’s 85-lap race around a recently-revised 2.31-mile road course starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 5th: “It was definitely tough [qualifying] today.  I nearly got knocked out of the first qualifying round, when I came up on traffic on my last lap and he went off in front of me!  The car has good balance, but we’re missing a little bit somewhere, so we’ve got a bit of work to do tonight.  The wind changed direction between the morning [practice] and qualifying [in the afternoon], and that seemed to affect us more than some of the others.  In such a close field, it’s just the smallest things that can make a difference.”



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