Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Qualifying Report

3/23/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg                                                                       Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit) St. Petersburg, FL

2012 Winner:       Helio Castroneves (Team Penske Chevrolet) 90.113 mph average speed

Weather:              Partly sunny, mild, 71 degrees F

 

Firestone “Fast Six” Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.2070

New qualifying record

2.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:01.5776

 

3.

Simona de Silvestro

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.7670

 

4.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.8229

 

5.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.8991

 

6.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.0645

 

 

Second Round Qualifiers:

7.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.6882

 

8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.7329

 

9.

Sebastian Saavedra

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.7944

 

10.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:01.8150

 

11.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.9139

 

12.

Oriol Servia

DRR Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.1482

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:02.1777

Group 1

14.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.1198

Group 2

15.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:02.2709

Group 1

16.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:02.1592

Group 2

17.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:02.3228

Group 1

18.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.1658

Group 2

19.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.4726

Group 1

20.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:02.1715

Group 2

25.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:02.2551

Group 2

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                       

              Front Row Start For Sato at St. Petersburg

 

Takuma Sato led the Honda-powered field in qualifying Saturday for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and will start on the outside of the front row, second, in Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series season opener on the downtown street circuit.

 

After leading the final practice session prior to qualifying, Sato advanced through the first two rounds of “knockout” qualifying to the final “Fast Six” session, but was edged in the final round with a new lap record run by last year’s pole qualifier, Will Power.

 

Making his IndyCar debut for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, 2012 Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier also made it through to final qualifying, and will start sixth; while former series champion and St. Petersburg race winner Dario Franchitti rounded out the top-10 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Sunday’s 110-lap Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, will start at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Takuma Sato (Driver, #14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara) qualified 2nd for Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:  "This is a great result for us.  I’m really proud of the whole team, not just for the work we’ve done this weekend, but for the preparations we made all winter long.  I tried everything I could, and so did the team.  We have good balance on both types of tires [primary “blacks” and the softer “reds”] and a good Honda engine, so I think we’re ready for the race.”



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