Honda IndyCar Long Beach Qualifying Report

4/12/2014

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, April 12, 2014

 

Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying Report

Circuit:                             Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.

2013 Winner:     Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing Honda), 83.763 mph race average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 67 degrees F

       
   
 
 

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

 

  1.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:77.8219

104.462 mph avg.

 

  2.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:07.9403

+0.1184 sec.

 

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.9580

Fast Six Shootout

 

  4.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:08.0097

Fast Six Shootout

 

  5.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:08.0525

Fast Six Shootout

 

  6.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1:08.0732

Fast Six Shootout

 

  7.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.9981

2nd Round Qualifying

 

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:08.0179

2nd Round Qualifying

 

  9.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:08.1119

2nd Round Qualifying

 

10.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:08.1218

2nd Round Qualifying

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

11.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:08.1506

2nd Round Qualifying

 

12.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:08.3532

2nd Round Qualifying

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

15.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:08.5660

1st Round, Group 1

 

19.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:08.4321

1st Round, Group 2

 

20.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:08.7051

1st Round, Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:09.0562

1st Round, Group 2

 

 

 

Hunter-Reay Claims Long Beach Pole as Honda Dominates Qualifying

·       All Honda, Andretti Autosport front row

·       Honda drivers take five of top six starting positions

·       Second-consecutive Honda-powered pole of 2014

 

Honda-powered drivers and teams dominated Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, with the manufacturer posting its best street-circuit qualifying performance since the return of multi-manufacturer competition to Indy car racing at the start of the 2012 season.

 

At the end of a frenetic three rounds of knockout qualifying, it was the Honda-powered Andretti Autosports duo of Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe claiming the front row and top two qualifying positions, with 2012 series champion Hunter-Reay posting a final-lap time that secured his first Long Beach pole, and the sixth pole of his career.

 

A total of nine Honda drivers made it through the first round of knockout qualifying to advance to the second round, with six of seven Honda teams all advancing at least one driver to Q2.  The Honda-powered effort was equally strong in the second round, as Honda drivers claimed five of the final Q3 “Fast Six” positions.  Both were road/street circuit qualifying records for Honda since manufacturer competition returned to Indy car racing in 2012.

 

With Honda-powered Takuma Sato – the defending winner at Long Beach – taking the pole two weeks ago at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the manufacturer is now two-for-two in pole qualifying in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series.

 

Video News Releases from this weekend’s action at Long Beach, featuring both the Verizon IndyCar Series and the supporting TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, are being posted on a new, specially created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group. 

 

Headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin, CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside.

 

The 40th running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, second round of the 18-race 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, starts at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier, first pole of 2014, second Honda pole in 2014; Hunter-Reay’s sixth career Indy car pole:  "What a qualifying session!  We’ve qualified on the front row so many times here, but this is the first time to come out on top [the pole].  It just comes down to this team giving me what I needed, when I needed it, and then finding a gap in traffic to get the lap in.  It’s a good start for us, but tomorrow has its own challenges.  We have a standing start [the first at Long Beach for IndyCars since 2008] and a long day at ‘The Beach’.”

 



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