Honda IndyCar Baltimore Qualifying Report

9/1/2012

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Grand Prix of Baltimore                                                                                                                    Qualifying Report

Circuit:                    Oriole Park at Camden Yards (2.04-temporary street circuit), Baltimore, Md.

2011 Winner:           Will Power (Penske Racing Honda), 75.046 mph average

Weather:                  Morning showers, warm, 89 degrees F

  

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.9750

Fast Six Shootout

2.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:18.5509

Fast Six Shootout

3.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:18.6017

Fast Six Shootout

4.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.8500

Fast Six Shootout

5.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:18.9398

Fast Six Shootout

6.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.3101

Fast Six Shootout

7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.3347

2nd Round Qualifying

8.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.6788

2nd Round Qualifying

9.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:20.3559

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

Bruno Junqueira

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:20.3826

2nd Round Qualifying

11.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.4968

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

No time

Contact at the end of Q1

Other Honda-powered Results:

15.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing

Honda Dallara

1:22.2757

1st Round, Qualifying 1

19.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:24.5395

1st Round, Qualifying 1

22.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.5496

2nd Round, Qualifying 1

16.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

No time

Contact in Qualifying 1

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                                        

                  Conway, Dixon Shine in Baltimore Qualifying

Mike Conway and Scott Dixon led the Honda-powered field Saturday in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, posting the second- and third-quickest times in the final-round Firestone “Fast Six” shootout.

Conway’s qualifying effort was his best of 2012, and equaled his IndyCar Series career-best qualifying at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama in 2010.  But the A.J. Foyt Racing driver will have a 10-spot grid penalty assessed for an unapproved engine change between the Sonoma and Baltimore races, which will result in a 12th-place race start. 

That will move Dixon, the third-fastest qualifier and one of the few remaining championship challengers to pole winner Will Power, to second on the starting grid.  Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dario Franchitti, made it three Hondas in the top five qualifying positions; followed by Charlie Kimball, seventh, Justin Wilson in ninth and Bruno Junqueira, substituting for the injured Josef Newgarden, rounding out the top 10. IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Simon Pagenaud starts 12th. 

Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Mike Conway (#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) 2nd quickest in qualifying, best qualifying performance of 2012: “We went out this morning and the car’s balance was really good, so we didn’t really change anything for qualifying.  We were just trying to find a little bit more on the last lap [going for the pole time] and went too much [hitting the wall on the chicane exit].  We’re happy to qualify second, but with the engine change, we will start 12th.  It’s going to make our [race] day tomorrow a bit more challenging, so we will see where we stack up during the first few laps and then determine our strategy.”



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