Newgarden Leads Honda Qualifiers at Fontana

9/14/2012

Honda Racing Report

Friday, September 14, 2012

MAVTV 500                                                                                                                                                        Qualifying Report

Circuit:                        Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) Fontana, Calif.

2011 Winner:              N/A (first IndyCar race here since 2005)

Weather:                     Clear, very hot, 102 degrees F

 

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Qualifying Speed

Notes

1.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

216.069 mph

 

2.

Ryan Briscoe

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

216.058

 

3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

215.940

 

4.

Josef Newgarden-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

215.919

 

5.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

215.391

 

6.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing

Honda Dallara

215.226

 

7.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

214.877

 

8.

JR Hildebrand

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

214.749

 

9.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

214.684

 

10.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

214.409

 

11.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

214.015

 

12.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

213.726

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

15.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

213.282

 

16.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

213.222

 

19.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

211.999

 

20.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

211.531

 

23.

Wade Cunningham-R

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

209.526

 

24.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

208.056

 

25.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

No speed

Crash in practice

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                                       

 

         Rookie Newgarden Stars in Qualifying at Fontana

 

After missing one race due to injury, IZOD IndyCar Series rookie Josef Newgarden led the Honda-powered field Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, posting the fourth-fastest speed in qualifying for Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV 500.

 

Newgarden’s qualifying run was his best of 2012, and comes after breaking a finger in a crash with Sebastien Bourdais at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma, California, last month.  As a result of the injury, Newgarden missed the Grand Prix of Baltimore two weeks ago, but was cleared to drive his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara earlier this week. 

 

Scott Dixon and Alex Tagliani qualified just behind Newgarden, in fifth and sixth, respectively; while Graham Rahal qualified 11th in his Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara.  Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV 500 starts at 5:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) 4th quickest in qualifying, best qualifying performance of 2012: “We were pretty flat out [during the qualifying run], and maybe we could have trimmed out the car a little bit more.  We weren’t sure about the temperature, and didn’t want to risk too much.  Coming into the race, we talked a lot about how I want a car that’s going to be comfortable, reliable and consistent for the entire race.  That’s what we’re working on, we want to have a good race car that can run a lot of laps.  If we have that, then we can run and compete up front.”



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