Honda IndyCar Fontana Qualifying Report

8/29/2014

Honda Racing Report

Friday, August 29, 2014

 

MAVTV American Real 500

Circuit:                             Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) Fontana, Calif.

2013 Winner:     Will Power (Team Penske) 154.867 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, hot, 99 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Speed

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

218.540

 

  2.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

217.621

 

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

217.600

 

  4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

217.323

 

  5.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

217.057

 

  6.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

217.017

 

  7.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

216.857

 

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

216.305

 

  9.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

216.299

 

10.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

215.898

 

Other Honda-powered Results

12.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

215.752

 

14.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

214.486

 

16.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

214.173

 

17.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

214.109

 

18.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

213.991

 

21.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

202.319

 

NS.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

216.726

Will not start-crash

 

       
     
 
   

 

Newgarden Again Leads Honda Qualifiers at California Speedway

·       Fourth consecutive top-five start for Newgarden

·       Fast qualifying run from Sato nets fourth

·       Aleshin injured in crash during final practice

 

Continuing a run of strong qualifying performances, Josef Newgarden led the Honda-powered effort in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and will start on the outside of the first row, third, in Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV Real American 500.  It is the fourth-consecutive top-five qualifying performance from Newgarden, who previously led the Honda field in qualifying at Mid-Ohio (2nd), Milwaukee (5th) and Sonoma (2nd). 

 

Takuma Sato will start on the inside of the second row, fourth, for A.J. Foyt Racing, while championship contender Simon Pagenaud will start 13th after battling handling issues during his qualifying run.

 

Three hours after the completion of qualifying, a crash during the final practice session resulted in serious injuries to Honda-powered driver Mikhail Aleshin.  Aleshin spun in Turn 4 and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car was then struck by the Chip Ganassi Racing machine of Charlie Kimball. 

 

The contact sent Aleshin’s car into the air where it struck the trackside catch fencing and then dropped back onto the racing surface.  Marco Andretti’s car also spun in the incident, but neither he nor Kimball sustained any injuries.  Aleshin was transported to an area hospital where he was reported to be awake and alert, and being treated for possible shoulder and leg injuries.

 

Saturday night’s 250-lap, 500-mile race, the 18th and final round of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, begins at 9 p.m. EDT with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

 

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) will start on the outside of the front row, 3rd"We are always right there, but can’t get the top spot, and today was the day to do it. It’s very hot, nobody really knows what line to use, some are going high, some are going low and middle, and some are even changing during their [qualifying] run. If you look at our second lap it was so much quicker than our first.  And I think our first lap would have been quicker if I had done a better job with my line choice in Turns 1 and 2. It’s always hindsight when you come in after a run and you think ‘If I would have just done this different, maybe we would have been sitting in a different spot' and today, I think we would. Judging off everyone else’s performance, I think we could have been a pole contender today.  We just missed it. It’s a bit disappointing, because our guys work hard 



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