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 FranchittiTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara59.3510Fast Six Shootout
2.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara59.3757Fast Six Shootout
3.Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara59.4506Fast Six Shootout
4.Sebastien BourdaisDragon RacingChevrolet Dallara59.4721Fast Six Shootout
5.Scott DixonTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara59.5140Fast Six Shootout
6.Alex TaglianiBryan Herta AutosportHonda Dallara59.5616Fast Six Shootout
7.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara59.48292nd Round Qualifying
8.Helio CastronevesTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara59.54762nd Round Qualifying
9.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara59.59582nd Round Qualifying
10.Simon Pagenaud-RSam Schmidt MotorsportsHonda Dallara59.66502nd Round Qualifying
11.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara59.81972nd Round Qualifying
12.Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara59.89662nd Round Qualifying
Other Honda-powered Results:
13.Mike ConwayA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara60.07181st Round, Group 1
15.Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara60.15571st Round, Group 1
19.James JakesDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara60.54401st Round, Group 1
22.Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara60.21991st 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."



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