Honda IndyCar Pocono Qualifying Report

7/5/2014

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, July 5, 2014

 

Pocono INDYCAR 500 Qualifying Report

Circuit:                             Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) Long Pond, PA

2013 Winner:     Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 192.864 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, windy, 73 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver  

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

223.871

New track record

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

223.725

 

  3.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

223.083

 

  4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing           

Honda Dallara

222.798

 

  5.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

222.715

 

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

222.544

 

  7.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

222.517

 

  8.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

221.970

 

  9.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

221.950

 

10.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

221.565

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

221.547

 

12.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

221.221

 

15.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

220.747

 

16.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing    

Honda Dallara

220.439

 

20.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing    

Honda Dallara

216.261

 

21.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

No speed

Crash in qualifying

22.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

DNQ

Crash in practice

 

       
   
 
 

 

Front row start for Munoz at Pocono

·       Honda-powered driver qualifies third on 2.5-mile oval

·       Second round of 2014 IndyCar Series “Triple Crown”

·       Honda drivers claim four of top six starting positions

 

In a session that saw the existing Verizon IndyCar Series lap record bettered by no fewer than 11 competitors, rookie star Carlos Munoz led the Honda-powered field in qualifying Saturday at Pocono Raceway and will start on the outside of the front row, third, in Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 500.

 

The previous qualifying record, 221.273 mph set in 2013 by Marco Andretti, was beaten by everyone from pole qualifier Juan Pablo Montoya – in his first pole run since returning to IndyCar Series competition this year – to 11th-fastest qualifier Simon Pagenaud.

 

Munoz was the fastest of four Honda-powered drivers to post top-six qualifying efforts in his Andretti Autosport Honda. He was followed by fourth-fastest Takuma Sato, a two-time pole qualifier this season for A.J. Foyt Racing.  Two other Andretti drivers, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, will start fifth and sixth, respectively.  Ryan Hunter-Reay will start ninth as all four Andretti Autosport entries qualified in the top 10 at the Pocono “Tricky Triangle” three-turn oval. 

 

Sunday’s 200-lap run, the second round in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series “Triple Crown” of 500-mile races, begins with live network television coverage at 12 noon on the NBC Sports network.

 

Carlos Munoz (#34 Andretti Autosport Honda) 3rd fastest in qualifying, Indy Lights winner at Pocono in 2013:  “We’ve proven we had a strong car all day long, and I think it was even better in the afternoon [qualifying] from the morning [practice sessions].  Third is a great position for us.  This is a long race, and we have a great car, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.  It can be tough to pass here. Hopefully, as the race goes on tomorrow, the track will improve and more passing opportunities will open up.” 



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