Honda IndyCar Milwaukee Qualifying Report

6/14/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 14, 2013

Milwaukee IndyFest                                                                                                       Qualifying Report

Circuit:                The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.

2012 Winner:       Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Chevrolet) 122.020 mph average

Weather:              Sunny, warm, 75 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

170.515 mph

 

  2.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

170.418

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

170.212

 

  4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

170.100

 

  5.

E.J. Viso

Andretti Autosport/HVM

Chevrolet Dallara

169.828

 

  6.

Sebastian Saavedra

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

169.732

 

  7.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

169.482

 

  8.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

169.462

 

  9.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

169.311

 

10.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

169.215

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

168.820

 

12.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

168.470

 

13.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

168.141

 

15.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

168.023

 

16.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA                

Honda Dallara

167.512

 

17.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing                

Honda Dallara

167.263

 

20.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing     

Honda Dallara

165.364

22.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

164.124

23.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

163.230

                  

                       Newgarden Leads Honda Qualifying in Milwaukee

 

Despite a slight gearing problem that cost him speed on the second of his two timed laps, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing's Josef Newgarden led the Honda IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying effort Friday at The Milwaukee Mile and will start from the eighth position in Saturday's Milwaukee IndyFest.

 

Other Honda-powered drivers had various issues that hindered their qualifying efforts. Takuma Sato's first lap was quick enough to contend for the pole, but he slid wide in Turn Three on his second lap and was fortunate not to brush the wall, dropping him down the order. He will start the ABC Building Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara from 15th. James Jakes was another driver to have a "moment" early in his qualifying run, but recovered to qualify 12th.  

 

Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammates Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier also had gearing issues that saw them hitting the rev limiter during their runs, but qualified 9th and 10th, respectively. Several drivers battled poor handling during their runs, including Dario Franchitti and Graham Rahal.

 

Saturday's 250-lap race, the third oval race of 2013, starts at 3:30 p.m. with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara) qualified 8th, his second consecutive top-eight qualifying result of 2013:  ”I think we could've run a little bit better. We hit the 'hard limiter' [limiting maximum engine rpms] in Turn One and that really drags you down. But we've got a really good handling car for tomorrow, and that's when it counts. We tuned it and made it better from our starting package, which was already good. So we should be really strong for the race.”  

 



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