Honda IndyCar Sonoma Qualifying Report

8/23/2014

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, August 23, 2014

 

GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Circuit:                             Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA

2013 Winner:     Will Power(Team Penske) 86.401 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 64 degrees F

       
   
 
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Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.4126

110.409 mph[record]

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:17.7318

Fast six shootout

  3.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.9044

Fast six shootout

  4.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:17.9565

Fast six shootout

  5.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.1217

Fast six shootout

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.8771

Fast six shootout

  7.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.7176

2nd round qualifying

  8.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.7231

2nd round qualifying

  9.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:17.7257

2nd round qualifying

10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:17.7499

2nd round qualifying

11.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.7532

2nd round qualifying

12.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:18.7700

2nd round qualifying

Other Honda-powered Results

13.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:18.2001

1st round, Group 1

14.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:18.1249

1st round, Group 2

15.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1:18.2767

1st round, Group 1

16.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.2296

1st round, Group 2

18.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:18.2310

1st round, Group 2

20.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:18.4104

1st round, Group 2

21.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.9603

1st round, Group 1

 

Newgarden Notches Another Front Row Start for Honda at Sonoma

·       Newgarden’s third front-row start of 2014

·       Sixth “Fast Six” qualifying run of the season for Hinchcliffe

 

Josef Newgarden continues to show strong late-season form as the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series nears its conclusion, qualifying second Saturday at Sonoma Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

 

Reaching the “Fast Six” final round of qualifying for the fourth time this season, Newgarden’s time around the Sonoma road course of one minute, 17.7318 seconds was bested only by the new lap record set by pole qualifier Will Power, three-tenths of a second quicker at 1:17.4126. 

 

Another consistently quick road course qualifier for Honda, James Hincliffe, will start fourth.  His Andretti Autosport teammate, Carlos Munoz, will start ninth to lead the rookie field. Television coverage of Sunday’s 17th and penultimate round of the 2014 IndyCar Series season starts at 4 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) qualified 2nd, his third front-row start of 2014:  “This was our worst track in 2012. It honestly was. We were horrible. I think we were two seconds off in 2012. So, starting up front now is a big deal for us. I think Sonoma is a very difficult track to understand as a driver. You are trying to drive an engineering group for what you need around this place. The [information] you give them is so critical, and understanding that is really important. I think I’ve just gotten better at it. It’s so cool to see our progress, from 2012, nearly starting last, to 2014, and we’re nearly starting first.  It’s a really cool deal for me, so I’m excited for tomorrow.”



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