Honda IndyCar Sonoma Qualifying Report

8/24/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, August 24, 2013

GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma                                                                        Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Raceway at Sonoma (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA

2012 Winner:       Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) 95.740 mph average speed

Weather:             Sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

 

  1.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:17.5271

110.748 mph

 

  2.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:17.7196

Fast Six Shootout

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.9735

Fast Six Shootout

 

  4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.1314

Fast Six Shootout

 

  5.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.1766

Fast Six Shootout

 

  6.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.2009

Fast Six Shootout

 

  7.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:18.2138

2nd Round Qualifying

 

 

 

 

 

 

  8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:18.3051

2nd Round Qualifying

 

  9.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.3135

2nd Round Qualifying

 

10.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.18.3787

2nd Round Qualifying

 

11.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.6230

2nd Round Qualifying

 

12.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.7515

2nd Round Qualifying

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:18.9164

1st Round, Group 1

14.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.18.3141

1st Round, Group 2

17.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.0094

1st Round, Group 1

18.

JR Hildebrand

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:18.7114

1st Round, Group 2

19.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:19.1563

1st Round, Group 1

21.

James Davison-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:19.5285

1st Round, Group 1

25.

Lucas Luhr-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.9805

1st Round, Group 2

                  

                           

               Franchitti, Dixon Top Qualifying at Sonoma

 

Dario Franchitti will head an all-Honda front row for Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Somona after leading his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to a 1-2 result in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at the Raceway at Sonoma.

 

Continuing his late-season charge for the championship, Dixon will be making his second front-row start of 2013, while teammate Charlie Kimball backed up his victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course two weeks ago by making the “Fast Six” final qualifying round for the second consecutive race.  He will start sixth in his Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara.

 

Justin Wilson and Graham Rahal just missed the cut for the Fast Six, but will start seventh and eighth, respectively, with Simon Pagenaud making it six Hondas in the top 10.  Sunday’s 85-lap race, the 15th round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starts at 4:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network. 

 

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) pole qualifier, his 4th pole of 2013 and 33rd career IndyCar pole; 6th pole for Honda in 2013:  "All three Ganassi cars are quick here this weekend.  The key for us was running just one lap in Q1 [the first round of qualifying] on [soft compound] Firestone ‘Reds’.  That allowed us to use the same tires for Q2 and save our final set of new ‘Reds’ for Q3.  The grip of the new ‘Reds’ for one or two laps was just amazing, so having a fresh set for the final qualifying run made a huge difference for us today.  Obviously, its been a very tough week for everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing, with Floyd [Ganassi, father of team owner Chip] and [team consulting engineer] Andy Brown’s wife Christine passing away.  So perhaps this will help a little bit.” 



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