Honda Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying Report

4/6/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Honda Grand Prix of Alabama                                                                               Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, AL

2012 Winner:       Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) 102.081 mph average

Weather:              Sunny, mild, 68 degrees F

 

Firestone Fast Six Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

1.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.0871

123.422 mph

2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.3304

 

3.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:07.3616

 

4.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.3642

 

5.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.4987

 

6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.5106

 

Second Round Qualifiers:

7.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.4893

 

8.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:07.4964

 

9.

Sebastian Saavedra

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.6317

 

10.

A.J. Allmendinger

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.6962

 

11.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.8832

 

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:08.9560

Penalized

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:07.2409

Group 1

15.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:07.2886

Group 1

17.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:07.2965

Group 1

21.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:07.4184

Group 1

22.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:07.7830

Group 2

25.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:08.9108

Group 1

                                                       

              Vautier Vaults to Third in Qualifying at Barber  

 

Rookie Tristan Vautier, a last-minute addition to the “Fast Six” qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, led the Honda-powered field in the final round of knockout qualifying and will start third in Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

 

Driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Vautier led his group in the first round of qualifying, but finished seventh in the second round, just missing advancing to the final group of six.  However, fellow Honda driver Takuma Sato, originally listed as sixth fastest in the second round, had his best lap removed as a penalty for blocking another competitor, dropping Sato’s A.J. Foyt Racing Honda to 12th on the starting grid and moving Vautier into the final round in his place. 

 

Vautier’s best lap of 1:07.3616 edged the Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Scott Dixon for third, on a record-setting day when every driver in the 26-car field bettered the existing track record.  Charlie Kimball joined Vautier and Dixon in the “Fast Six” and will start a career-best fifth in his Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.  Sunday’s 90-lap Honda Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Tristan Vautier (Driver, #55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara) will start third in Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama:  "It was cool.  I was very upset with myself after [finishing seventh in] the second round of qualifying.  I was upset and looking at the time board.  Right before the ‘Fast Six’ started, I was looking at it and it changed!  I said, ‘guys, I see my car is in the top six, maybe we should bring it back to pit lane!’  I have to give it to the guys.  They brought the car back at the last minute and got it ready after the session started.  I just tried to push very hard, so it was a lot of fun, honestly.  It was so cool because the cars have so much grip.  You can really push hard and give it all.”



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