Honda IndyCar Texas Qualifying Report

6/7/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 7, 2013

Firestone 550K                                                                                                       Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Fort Worth, TX

2012 Winner:       Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing Honda) 157.217 mph average

Weather:              Clear, warm, 83 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

219.182 mph

 

  2.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

217.553

 

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

217.524

 

  4.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

217.504

 

  5.

E.J. Viso

Andretti Autosport/HVM

Chevrolet Dallara

217.244

 

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

217.100

 

  7.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

216.693

 

  8.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

216.570

 

  9.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

215.552

 

10.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

216.487

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

216.447

 

14.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

215.727

 

16.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

215.406

 

19.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

213.888

 

21.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

212.785

 

22.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

207.807

 

23.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

No speed

Gearbox change

24.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

No speed

Engine change

[scheduled, mileage]

                  

                       Franchitti Qualifies Fourth in Texas

 

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti posted the fourth-fastest speed on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, leading the 12-driver Honda field in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for Saturday night’s Firestone 550K.

 

Second-year IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden qualified seventh for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, his best qualifying effort of the season, with Charlie Kimball recording his third top-10 qualifying effort of 2013.  He will start eighth for Chip Ganassi Novo Nordisk Racing.  James Jakes also continued his recent run of strong qualifying performances this year for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and will start 10th

 

Justin Wilson, the 2012 winner at Texas, will start 22nd after handling problems prevented the Dale Coyne Racing driver from posting a representative qualifying run, while Tristan Vautier (a scheduled engine change after completing 2,000 miles on his current engine) and Takuma Sato (transmission failure) elected to skip qualifying and will start at the rear of the 24-car field.

 

Saturday’s 228-lap race, the second oval and first Saturday night race of 2013, starts at 7:30 p.m. with live network television coverage on ABC.

 

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) qualified 4th, his third top-four qualifying result of 2013:  "There’s good speed in the car for a couple of laps [in qualifying], but I’m more interested in how the car performs over a long run. We’re running a little less downforce than last year, and some of that will go away [in the race] as night falls and temperatures cool tomorrow night.     That will be the key to the race, and where we focus our efforts [in final practice].”  

 



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