Honda IndyCar Pocono Qualifying Report

7/6/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pocono INDYCAR 400                                                                                           Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Pocono Raceway (2.0-mile oval) Long Pond, PA

2012 Winner:       N/A (first Indy car race at Pocono since 1989

Weather:              Mostly sunny, warm, windy, 84 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

221.273 mph

 

  2.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

220.892

 

  3.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

220.431

 

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

220.286

 

  5.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

219.625

 

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

219.581

 

  7.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

219.500

 

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

219.124

 

 

  9.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

218.859

 

 

10.

Simona de Silvestro

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

218.590

 

               

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

218.575

 

 

13.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

218.345

 

14.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

218.240

 

16.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

217.832

 

17.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

217.457

 

 

18.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

217.047

 

19.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

216.980

 

 

20.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

216.872

 

 

24.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

No Speed

Crash

 

               

 

              Dixon Leads Honda Field in Pocono Qualifying

 

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon led the Honda-powered field Saturday at Pocono Raceway in northeastern Pennsylvania in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying in preparation for Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 400. 

 

Dixon’s two-lap average of 219.5 mph saw him qualify seventh, as local favorite Marco Andretti claimed the pole with a qualifying speed of 221.273 mph. All 21 cars posting qualifying speeds bettered the existing track record of 211.715 mph, set by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1989, the last previous visit of Indy cars to Pocono Raceway.

 

Continuing his strong form on ovals, Takuma Sato posted the eighth-fastest qualifying run for A.J. Foyt Racing.  Simon Pagenaud was fourth quickest in practice, then qualified ninth in his Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda.  Charlie Kimball was an encouraging third fastest in morning practice, but a brief slide during his first qualifying lap spoiled his run, leaving him 13th overall.  Alex Tagliani crashed, without injury, during his qualifying run. 

 

Sunday’s 160-lap race, the second round in the 2013 IndyCar “Triple Crown” of long-distance oval events, starts at 12 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on ABC.

 

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) qualified 7th, his sixth top-10 qualifying of 2013:  "I think the qualifying run was about what we thought it would be [after practice], which was a few miles per hour off.  We have a good car, and I love the balance of it.  We’re trimmed as much as we can be, but it’s not enough to be where we need to be right now.  This is such a cool place here in Pocono.  I really love driving this track.  The fans are amazing, and I’m looking forward to a competitive event tomorrow.  We hope to put on a great show for all these people.”



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