Honda IndyCar Iowa Qualifying Report

7/11/2014

Honda Racing Report

Friday, July 11, 2014

 

Iowa Corn Indy 300 Qualifying Report

Circuit:                             Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, IA

2013 Winner:     James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) 148.559 mph average

Weather:           Overcast, scattered showers, 71 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

186.256

 

  2.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

185.891

 

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

185.685

 

  4.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

185.339

 

  5.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

185.027

 

  6.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

184.968

 

  7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

184.743

 

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

184.726

 

  9.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

184.683

 

10.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

184.589

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

184.380

 

12.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

184.316

 

13.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

183.747

 

14.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

183.348

 

15.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

183.201

 

16.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

183.089

 

18.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

182.455

 

20.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

181.243

 

21.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

180.987

 

22.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

177.849

 

 

       
     
 
   

 

Munoz Leads Honda Qualifiers in Iowa

·       Seventh top-10 qualifying performance of 2014

·       First “short oval” round of 2014 IndyCar Series

·       Second Saturday night event of the season

 

For the second consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend, rookie points leader Carlos Munoz led Honda qualifiers Friday at Iowa Speedway, posting the fifth-fastest speed in his Andretti Autosport Honda.  Today’s result follows his third-place qualifying effort last week at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway oval in Pennsylvania.  Munoz currently holds a 77-point lead in the Rookie of the Year standings – over fellow Honda driver Mikhail Aleshin – and is ranked sixth in the overall Drivers’ Championship standings.

 

Munoz and teammate Marco Andretti were the only Honda-powered entries to record top-10 qualifying runs on the banked 7/8ths mile Iowa oval, as changing track conditions – brought about by intermittent rain showers throughout the day and NASCAR Truck Series qualifying immediately prior to the IndyCar session, caught out several teams and drivers.  Saturday night’s 300-lap run, the first of two “short oval” races in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, begins with live network television coverage at 8 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports network.

 

Carlos Munoz (#34 Andretti Autosport Honda) 5th fastest in qualifying:  “Today the teammates’ help was totally different than the help I had at Pocono, because I was almost the last to qualify [at Pocono], and we were almost back-to-back to qualify today in Iowa.  For sure, it’s always helpful [to have teammates] because you have an idea of what the track will be like. It was an okay qualifying. I think everyone gets better as the session goes on.  More important is the race tomorrow – it is 300 laps, a long race. We’ll see what happens.”



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