Honda IndyCar St. Petersburg Qualifying Report

Sato Supreme for Honda in St. Petersburg Qualifying

3/29/2014

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, March 29, 2014

 

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Friday Practice

Circuit:                             Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit), St. Petersburg, Fla.

2012 Winner:     James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport), 83.539 mph race average

Weather:           Overcast, frequent showers, 67 degrees F

 

Firestone Fast Six Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

  1.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:01.8686

1.04.738 mph avg.

  2.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.1637

+0.2951 seconds

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:02.2167

 

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.3955

 

  5.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.4454

 

  6.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:02.9595

 

Second Round Qualifiers:

  7.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:03.3955

 

  8.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:03.5738

 

  9.

Ryan Briscoe

NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:03.6206

 

10.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:03.6635

 

11.

Sebastian Saavedra

KVAFS Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:03.8374

 

12.

Mike Conway

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:03.9618

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

14.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1.12.3471

Group 2

 

15.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:15.9111

Group 1

 

16.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:12.5890

Group 2

 

17.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:16.8105

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:17.0155

Contact, Group 1

 

21.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:52.9601

Contact, Group 1

 

22.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:13.1170

Group 2

 

 

 

Sato Supreme in St. Petersburg Qualifying

·       Honda drivers claim five of top eight starting positions

·       First race of 2014 season takes place on Sunday

 

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato claimed the first pole of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, taking command of the final “Fast Six” knockout qualifying session and prevailing in a day filled with rapidly changing weather conditions after a series of mid-day showers soaked the 1.8-mile Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg temporary street circuit.

 

Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti qualified third and sixth, respectively, while yet another Andrettti driver, Carlos Munoz qualified seventh to lead the four rookie drivers in the 22-car starting field.  The opening round in the 18-race 2014 season, and the first featuring the new Honda HI14RTT twin-turbo V6 engine, starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, with live television coverage on ABC.

 

Takuma Sato (#14 ABC Building Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his 4th career IndyCar pole and 1st in St. Petersburg:  "It’s a fantastic day for us, you could not ask for a better start to the season.  A.J. [Foyt, team owner] is very happy and you all know how difficult that is [to achieve]!  We completed an extensive winter test program, for the first time, and I think that is helping us better achieve our true potential.  I think tomorrow is going to be an exciting race, with many possible winners.  But if we do our job as good as possible, hopefully the results will come our way.”



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