Honda IndyCar Texas Qualifying Report

6/6/2014

Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 6, 2014

 

Firestone 600 Qualifying Report

Circuit:                             Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Fort Worth, TX

2013 Winner:     Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) 177.257 mph average

Weather:           Partly cloudy, hot, humid, 88 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

218.896

 

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

217.835

 

  3.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

217.826

 

  4.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

217.724

 

  5.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

217.677

 

  6.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

217.222

 

  7.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

217.128

 

  8.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

217.007

 

  9.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

216.967

 

10.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

216.960

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

216.880

 

12.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

216.823

 

16.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

216.064

 

17.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

215.697

 

20.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

214.145

 

21.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

213.292

 

22.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

212.191

 

 

       
   
 
 

 

Front row start for Newgarden in Texas

·       Honda-powered driver qualifies second at 1.5-mile high bank oval

·       First Saturday night race of 2014

 

In the best qualifying performance of his Verizon IndyCar Series career, Josef Newgarden led the Honda-powered field Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, and will start on the outside of the front row, second, in Saturday night’s Firestone 600. 

 

In his third year with the small, single-car team, Newgarden has five top-10 qualifying performances in eight races this season, and his two-lap average of 217.835 miles per hour was bested only by pole qualifier Will Power. Other top-10 Honda qualifiers today included Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner Simon Pagenaud, sixth; 2012 Texas race winner Justin Wilson, eighth; and Andretti Autosport teammates James Hinchcliffe and Carlos Munoz ninth and tenth, respectively.

 

Saturday’s 248-lap run, the first Saturday night race of 2014, starts at 7 p.m. with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports network.

 

Josef Newgarden (#78 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) 2nd fastest in qualifying:  I was happily surprised [to qualify second], to be honest with you.  We mainly worked on race [setups] in the morning practice; we did not trim out [for a simulated qualifying run] at all.  Tire degradation [rapid wear] is so important here, we focused on that.  So for qualifying, we just ‘threw a setup’ on the car and it was really, really fast.  Our car was fast and easy to drive.  If anything, it was a little too easy.  Sometimes that’s the case. You get a little ‘mojo’ on your side and it’s great.  Normally, that bodes well for us, so I’m optimistic for the race.  The race, with five pit stops, is a whole different ballgame [from qualifying].  But this is our third year together [with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing], and I think we have just as good a chance of winning tomorrow night as anyone else out there.”



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