Honda IndyCar Iowa Qualifying Report

6/22/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Iowa Corn Indy 250                                                                                               Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Iowa Speedway (0.89-mile oval) Newton, IA

2012 Winner:       Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Chevrolet) 129.371 mph average

Weather:              Sunny, warm, 88 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Heat Race Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Heat Result

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1st in Heat 3

 

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

2nd in Heat 3

 

  3.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

3rd in Heat 3

 

  4.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

4th in Heat 3

 

  5.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

5th in Heat 3

  1st in Heat 1

 

  6.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

6th in Heat 3

2nd in Heat 2

  7.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

7th in Heat 3

  2nd in Heat 1

 

  8.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

8th in Heat 3

 

  9.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

9th in Heat 3

  1st in Heat 2

 

10.

Oriol Servia

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

10th in Heat 3

 

               

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

3rd in Heat 2

 

 

12.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

3rd in Heat 1

 

 

13.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

4th in Heat 2

 

 

15.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

5th in Heat 2

 

 

16.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

5th in Heat 1

 

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

6th in Heat 2

 

18.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

6th in Heat 1

 

 

21.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

8th in Heat 2

DNF-contact

24.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

9th in Heat 1

 

               

                  

       Heat Race Winner Dixon Leads Honda Field at Iowa

 

In true short-oval racing fashion, Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon fought his way into the final qualifying heat race Saturday evening at Iowa Speedway, then finished fifth to lead the Honda-powered field in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250.

 

A unique combination of single-car qualifying and heat-race action was used to set the field for Sunday’s final short oval race of 2013.  Dixon posted the eighth-fastest speed in qualifying, which put him on the pole for the first of two semi-final heat races.  Dixon and fellow Honda driver Takuma Sato finished 1-2 in the first heat, qualifying both drivers for the final.

 

In the second semi, Simon Pagenaud applied pressure on early leader Ed Carpenter, but it was Graham Rahal who stormed up from seventh to take the lead with just two laps remaining.  Rahal and the second-finishing Carpenter advanced to the final, while Pagenaud finished third and just missed the cut. 

 

In the 50-lap final, Dixon was boxed in by traffic at the start, falling to 10th during the hectic opening lap.  Once the field sorted itself out, Dixon began reel in the competition, reaching fifth at the checkers, with Sato seventh and Rahal ninth for Honda.  Sunday’s 250-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on ABC.

 

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) qualified 5th, his fourth top-10 qualifying of 2013:  "We made a chassis change between Heat 1 and Heat 3, and it definitely made the car better.  I kinda got stuck behind a couple of cars at the start and had to lift, and dropped back.  But the car was working well and I could pass on both the high side and down low, so we were able to move back up.  The car was much more consistent [in the final], so I’m pretty optimistic about our chances tomorrow.”



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