Honda IndyCar Toronto Qualifying Report

7/12/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, July 12, 2013

Honda Indy Toronto – Race 1                                                                          Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Exhibition Place (1.755-mile street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada

2012 Winner:       Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) 95.787 mph average

Weather:             Mostly sunny, mild, 82 degrees F

 

Firestone Fast Six Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

  1.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

   59.6756

105.872 mph

  2.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

   59.7701

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.0612

 

  4.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.1179

 

  5.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:00.1430

 

  6.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:00.3228

 

Second Round Qualifiers:

  7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.1954

 

 

  8.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.2866

 

 

  9.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:00.2954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

Ryan Briscoe

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.3843

 

 

11.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.6027

 

 

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:02.3831

Crash Q2

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.00.4303

Group 1

16.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:00.6569

Group 2

17.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:00.4586

Group 1

18.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:00.6868

Group 2

19.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:00.5822

Group 1

20.

Mike Conway

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:00.9526

Group 2

21.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.00.9053

Group 1

                                                       

 

                      Franchitti Claims Race 1 Pole in Toronto

 

Continuing his strong form on the streets of Exhibition Place, where he has scored five previous poles and two victories, Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti captured the pole Friday during IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for the first of two Honda Indy Toronto races this weekend around the 1.755-mile street circuit in central Toronto.

 

As in Detroit last month, the most recent street-circuit event prior to Toronto, Franchitti rebounded from a crash in morning practice, which damaged the suspension of his Dallara chassis, to claim his sixth pole at Toronto and fourth in the last five years, all with Honda power.  Another Honda driver who starred in Detroit, James Jakes, qualified fifth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; while Franchitti’s teammate Scott Dixon, the winner last weekend at Pocono Raceway, also advanced to the final round of qualifying and will start Saturday’s race from sixth. 

 

Activities continue tomorrow with qualifying for Sunday’s race at 10:35 a.m. EDT.  Saturday’s 85-lap race, the 12th round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, is the first of the double-header race weekend in Toronto. A second 85-lap contest, the 13th round in the championship, is set for Sunday.  Both races start at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network. 

 

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) pole qualifier, his 3rd pole of the season and 32nd career IndyCar pole; Honda’s 4th pole of 2103:  "Luckily enough, the car feels equally good on both [the primary] blacks [tires] and [softer] reds [option tires].  I have to thank the boys for fixing it after my little incident this morning [when Franchitti brushed the barriers in practice].  We put ourselves in a pretty big hole at the start of the season, but you just keep fighting every week, looking for that first win of the season.”



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