Honda Racing Report - Qualifying Report - Iowa Speedway
Circuit: Iowa Speedway (0.89-mile oval) Newton, IA
2011 Winner: Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport Honda) 118.671 mph average
Weather: Clear, warm, 84 degrees F
Top 10 Qualifying Results:
|Ps.||Driver||Team||Engine/Chassis||Qualifying Heat Results|
|1.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||1st in Heat 3|
|2.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||2nd in Heat 3|
|3.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||3rd in Heat 3|
|4.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||4th in Heat 3|
|5.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||5th in Heat 3|
|6.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||6th in Heat 3|
|7.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara 7th in Heat 3|
|8.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||8th in Heat 3|
|9.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||1st in Heat 2|
|10.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||1st in Heat 1|
Other Honda-powered Results:
|11.||Alex Tagliani||Bryan Herta Autosport||Honda Dallara||2nd in Heat 2|
|12.||Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||2nd in Heat 1|
|15.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||4th in Heat 2|
|17.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||5th in Heat 2|
|20.||Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||6th in Heat 1|
|21.||James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||7th in Heat 2|
|24.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||8th in Heat 1|
|25.||Simon Pagenaud-R||Schmidt Hamilton Racing||Honda Dallara||9th in Heat 2|
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Franchitti Takes Iowa Pole
Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti gave Honda his second consecutive pole of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season Friday night at Iowa Speedway, and his second short-oval pole in as many weeks, by winning the third of three heat races used to set the grid for Saturday night's Iowa Corn Indy 250.
Franchitti started on the outside of the front row, based on practice times, and moved around early-race leader Marco Andretti with an outside pass exiting Turn 4 on the eighth lap. He led the remaining 22 laps of the 30-lap heat to win by 1.6 seconds over Helio Castroneves. Franchitti has won two of the five IndyCar races previously run in Iowa, including the 2007 debut race and again in 2009.
Honda-powered drivers won two of the three heat races tonight, with Graham Rahal winning the first heat in his Service Central Honda Dallara. Rahal started from the pole and led for the entire distance, with fellow Honda-powered driver Josef Newgarden taking second for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
In the second heat, Alex Tagliani worked his way into an early lead, but was caught and passed by Tony Kanaan on Lap 20. Tagliani held on to finish second in the heat, with Justin Wilson fourth and Charlie Kimball fifth. Television coverage for Saturday night's final short-oval race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series will air on the NBC Sports Network, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his 2nd pole in as many weeks, 2nd short-oval pole and 2nd pole of 2012; his 28th career pole and Honda's 4th pole of 2012: "Yeah, that was good, a nice surprise because our car wasn't perfect in the heat of the day, but was much better this evening. I was able to make an outside pass work on Marco [Andretti] and our car was good on the high line. Tomorrow night is going to be very interesting, I think it's going to be a physical race."