Franchitti Leads Honda IndyCar Qualifying in Brazil

5/4/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300                                                                                  Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Parque Anhembi (2.54-mile street circuit) Sao Paulo, Brazil

2012 Winer:         Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) 88.945 mph average

Weather:              Sunny, warm, 86 degrees F

 

Firestone Fast Six Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

2.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.4312

113.508 mph

2.

E.J. Viso

HVM/Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.7380

 

3.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:20.8922

 

4.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.9812

 

5.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.9893

 

6.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:21.1183

 

Second Round Qualifiers:

7.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.8210

 

8.

Simona de Silvestro

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.9390

 

9.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:21.0570

 

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:21.1716

 

11.

JR Hildebrand

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:21.2916

 

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:21.3618

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

15.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:21.8636

Group 1

16.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:24.8864

Group 2

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:22.2482

Group 1

19.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:22.2998

Group 1

21.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

3.20.5417

[penalized-crash]

23.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

No time

[mechanical]

24.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

4.:23.1097

[delayed]

25.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

No time

[mechanical]

 

                                                       

                 Franchitti Leads Honda Qualifiers in Brazil

 

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti again led the Honda-powered field in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300, as he followed up his pole run two weeks ago at the Grand Prix of Long Beach with the third-fastest qualifying time around the 2.54-mile Sao Paulo street circuit.

 

Franchitti’s teammate, Scott Dixon, also advanced to the final round of IndyCar “knockout” qualifying and will start sixth, while second-round qualifiers included Justin Wilson, who will start ninth for Dale Coyne Racing, and Long Beach winner Takuma Sato, who will start 12th in his A.J. Foyt Racing Honda-Dallara.  First-round qualifying was marred by several incidents, including a crash by Tristan Vautier at the end of the Group 1 session; and a red flag early in Group 2 that prevented Simon Pagenaud from posting a representative qualifying time.

 

Sunday’s 75-lap race, the fourth round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starts at 11:30 a.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) qualified third, his second top-three qualifying result in four races this season:  "It was a good day for us.  We made consistent progress with the car throughout the day and that’s important here, as the track changes dramatically with every session as the initial dust goes away and more and more rubber gets put down.  The team did a great job of keeping up with all the changes.  But even with a perfect lap, it would have been difficult to beat [pole qualifier] Ryan [Hunter-Reay] today.  We’re in a good position for the start, and it should be another exciting race here tomorrow.”  



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