Tagliani Leads Honda Qualifiers at Indianapolis

5/18/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, May 18, 2013

 

Indianapolis 500                                                                                    Pole Day Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Speedway, IN

2012 Winner:       Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 167.734 mph average

Weather:              Mostly cloudy, morning showers, mild, 66 degrees F

 

 

Indianapolis 500 Pole Day Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Qualifying Speed

Notes

  1.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

228.762 mph

Top-nine shootout

  2.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

228.342

Top-nine shootout

  3.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

228.261

Top-nine shootout

 

  4.

E.J. Viso

HVM/Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

228.150

Top-nine shootout

  5.

A.J. Allmendinger-R

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

228.099

Top-nine shootout

  6.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

228.087

Top-nine shootout

 

  7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

228.091

Top-nine shootout

  8.

Helio Castroneves-W

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

227.762

Top-nine shootout

  9.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

227.070

 

Top-nine shootout

10.

JR Hildebrand

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

227.441

 

11.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

227.386

 

12.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

226.949

 

 

13.

Oriol Servia

DRR Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

226.814

 

14.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

226.370

 

15.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

226.196

 

 

16.

Scott Dixon-W

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

226.158

 

17.

Dario Franchitti-W

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

226.069

 

18.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

225.892

 

 

19.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

225.880

 

20.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

225.809

 

21.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

225.674

 

 

22.

Townsend Bell

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

225.643

 

23.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

225.265

 

24.

Simona de Silvestro

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

225.226

 

 

Drivers Still to Qualify:

25.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

225.210

Bumped

26.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

225.117

Bumped

27.

Sebastian Saavedra

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

224.656

Bumped

28.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

225.139

Bumped

29.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

223.814

Bumped

30.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

223.153

Bumped

31.

Buddy Lazier-W

Lazier Partners Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

223.073

Bumped

32.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

218.328

 

33.

Conor Daly-R

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

Waved off

 

34.

Katherine Legge

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

No speed

Did not run

 

W – Previous Indianapolis 500 Race Winner                               R – Indianapolis 500 Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

Tagliani Leads Honda Indy Qualifying

 

 

Veteran Canadian Indy car driver Alex Tagliani led the Honda effort in “Pole Day” qualifying Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start 11th in next weekend’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Tagliani’s four-lap average of 227.386 mph was almost a full mile per hour faster than the 2012 pole speed of 226.484 mph, set by Ryan Briscoe, yet still missed the making the final “Top Nine Shootout” by just one-tenth of a mile per hour.

 

Nine Honda-powered drivers made successful qualifying runs today around the historic 2.5-mile oval, with Justin Wilson qualifying 14th to lead the three-car Dale Coyne Racing effort.  Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti will start 16th and 17th, respectively.  In 2012, Franchitti went on to win his third “500” after starting 16th.  

 

IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Takuma Sato will start 18th for Honda and A.J. Foyt Racing, followed by Charlie Kimball in the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 19th.  After being knocked out of the field – the first 24 positions of the 33-driver grid were set in today’s qualifying runs – James Jakes dramatically “bumped” his way back into the field in the final minutes of qualifying, and will start 20th in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

 

Simon Pagenaud, making his second “500” start for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, qualified 21st, while 2012 pole qualifier Briscoe rounded out the first-day qualifiers for Honda, and will start 23rd in his NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

 

Action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues tomorrow with a morning practice session, followed by final “Bump Day” qualifying to set the final nine starting positions for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Television coverage, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT, will be provided by the NBC Sports Network. 

 

 

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development): "Obviously, we came here shooting for the pole, but came up short.  We’re all racers at Honda, and today’s results are very disappointing.  But we’ve got a pretty good record of winning here [at Indianapolis, with nine consecutive race victories], and hopefully we’ll be drinking milk again next weekend.   We have to knuckle down and keep fighting.  That’s what we did in 2012, and that’s what we plan to do again this year.”

 

 

Alex Tagliani (#98 Barracuda Racing/BHA Honda) qualified 11th for the second consecutive year at the Indianapolis 500:  "I'm very pleased with the team. The boys had somewhat of a rough week, but  worked really hard to make sure that we had a strong car.

I'm super confident with the car that we have for the race. I'm also very pleased with how Honda improved during the week of practice. They responded really well to what I was asking from the engine for my qualifying run. Honda worked with us to make sure we had a fair chance to fight the competition, and I'm pleased with the way they responded."

 

 

 


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