Honda IndyCar Fontana Qualifying Report

10/18/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, October 18, 2013

 

MAVTV American Real 500                                                                                    Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval). Fontana, CA

2012 Winner:       Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara Chevrolet) 168.939 mph average

Weather:              Sunny, warm, 84 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

220.775

 

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

219.677

 

  3.

A.J. Allmendinger

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

218.894

 

  4.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

218.513

 

  5.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

217.986

 

  6.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

217.979

Tiebreaker

  7.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

217.979

 

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

217.958

 

  9.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

217.932

 

10.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

217.871

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Alex Tagliani

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

217.419

 

 

16.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

217.447

 

 

18.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

216.106

 

 

19.

JR Hildebrand

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

215.967

 

 

20.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

215.207

 

 

23.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

No speed

Mechanical

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

No speed

Crash in practice

 

25.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

No speed

Crash in practice

 

 

                  

              Kimball Leads Honda Qualifiers in California

 

Charlie Kimball led the Honda field Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, qualifying fifth for Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV American Real 500.  Kimball’s two-lap average of 217.986 mph will place him on the second row of the three-wide starting grid being used for the 500-mile IZOD IndyCar Series event. 

 

James Jakes and IndyCar championship points leader Scott Dixon posted identical qualifying speeds of 217.979 mph, but Jakes was placed ahead of Dixon on the provisional starting grid based on the tie-breaker of posting his speed first.  Honda-powered Dixon comes to Auto Club Speedway with a 25-point lead over rival Helio Castroneves in the drivers’ championship standings, and can secure his third Indy car championship with a finish of fifth or better, regardless of where Castroneves finishes. 

 

Josef Newgarden continued his streak of strong oval qualifying performances in 2013 and will start 10th for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.  Newgarden also posted top-10 qualifying runs on the Texas and Milwaukee ovals earlier this season. 

 

Saturday night’s 250-lap race, the 19th and final round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series to decide both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships, starts at 8:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network. 

 

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) championship points leader, qualified 7th"I didn’t know we did the exact same time [as James Jakes].  A three-wide start should be pretty interesting around here, but it’s fun to come back to Fontana for the championship finale.  It’s fun to be in this position and fight for the championship.”



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