Honda Racing Report - Qualifying Report - Honda Indy Toronto
Circuit: Exhibition Place (1.755-mile street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada
2011 Winner:Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 76.805 mph average
Weather:Mostly sunny, morning showers, humid, 84 degrees F
Top 12 Qualifying Results:
|Ps.||Driver||Team||Engine - Chassis||Time||Notes|
|1.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||59.3510||Fast Six Shootout|
|2.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||59.3757||Fast Six Shootout|
|3.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||59.4506||Fast Six Shootout|
|4.||Sebastien Bourdais||Dragon Racing||Chevrolet Dallara||59.4721||Fast Six Shootout|
|5.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||59.5140||Fast Six Shootout|
|6.||Alex Tagliani||Bryan Herta Autosport||Honda Dallara||59.5616||Fast Six Shootout|
|7.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||59.4829||2nd Round Qualifying|
|8.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||59.5476||2nd Round Qualifying|
|9.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||59.5958||2nd Round Qualifying|
|10.||Simon Pagenaud-R||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||Honda Dallara||59.6650||2nd Round Qualifying|
|11.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||59.8197||2nd Round Qualifying|
|12.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||59.8966||2nd Round Qualifying|
Other Honda-powered Results:
|13.||Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||60.0718||1st Round, Group 1|
|15.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||60.1557||1st Round, Group 1|
|19.||James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||60.5440||1st Round, Group 1|
|22.||Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||60.2199||1st Round, Group 2|
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
Franchitti Continues Pole Streak in Toronto
Defending Honda Indy Toronto race victor Dario Franchitti scored his third consecutive pole of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season Saturday on the grounds of Exhibition Place in Toronto, and will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday as he seeks his fourth Toronto win and second victory of the season.
Franchitti edged championship points leader Will Power to record Honda's fifth pole in 10 events this year. Three other Honda-powered drivers also made it through the first two rounds of knockout qualifying to the final "Fast Six" round, led by Texas race winner Justin Wilson, who will start third in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara.
Franchitti's Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and Detroit race winner, Scott Dixon, will be starting fifth. Alex Tagliani rounded out the top six qualifiers for Bryan Herta Autosport.
Sunday's 85-lap race starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.
Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his 3rd consecutive pole of 2012 and 27th career pole; Honda's 5th IndyCar pole of 2012: "It was a great job today from the entire Target team and Honda. We've certainly been on a bit of a roll of late, at least in qualifying. But beating guys of this caliber [in the top six final qualifying] is always satisfying. All the qualifying sessions in this series are just so competitive. Looking at the 'Fast Six', any one of these guys is perfectly capable of qualifying on the pole. It takes a complete team effort to find that last little bit of speed that makes the difference."