Honda IndyCar St. Petersburg Qualifying Report

3/28/2015

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, March 28, 2015

 

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Circuit:                             Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit) St. Petersburg, Fla.

2013 Winner:     Will Power(Team Penske) 93.572 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 67 degrees F

       
   
 
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Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.6931

106.767 mph [new record]

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.7252

+0.0321 seconds

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.8356

Fast six shootout

  4.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.8532

Fast six shootout

  5.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:01.1496

Fast six shootout

  6.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

1:01.1545

Fast six shootout

  7.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.1182

2nd round qualifying

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.1670

2nd round qualifying

  9.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.2285

2nd round qualifying

10.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:01.2478

2nd round qualifying

11.

Simona de Silvestro

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.3657

2nd round qualifying

12.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.4765

2nd round qualifying

Other Honda-powered Results

14.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.4890

1st round, Group 2

15.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:01.5742

1st round, Group 1

16.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.5780

1st round, Group 2

20.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.8323

1st round, Group 2

21.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:02.0095

1st round, Group 1

22.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:01.9705

1st round, Group 2

23.

Francesco Dracone-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:04.2654

1st round, Group 1

24.

Carlos Huertas

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:01.9716

1st round, Group 2

 

Sato to start fifth for Honda at St. Petersburg

·       Leads Honda qualifying at St. Petersburg for second consecutive year

·       Andretti Autosport places three drivers in top 12

·       First Indy car race of 2015 starts Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT

 

Takuma Sato led the Honda contingent Saturday in qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and will start Sunday’s season-opening Verizon IndyCar Series race from fifth in the 24-car field.  It is the second consecutive year Sato has paced the Honda qualifying effort at St. Petersburg, as the A.J. Foyt Racing driver started from the pole in the 2014 event.

 

Reaching the second of three rounds of Indy car “knockout” qualifying, Ryan Hunter-Reay will start tomorrow’s 110-lap race from eighth, with Andretti Autosport teammates Simona de Silvestro and Marco Andretti qualifying 11th and 12th, respectively.

 

The opening round of the 16-race 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series starts Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

 

Takuma Sato (#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) qualified 5th for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:  “We did everything we could today.  Obviously, we’re not on the front row, but we’ve made significant gains throughout the weekend and I’m happy with our qualifying performance.  Team Penske is very strong here, and has been in recent years, but thanks to all of the hard work from Honda, HPD and the Foyt team, we are in very good shape for tomorrow’s race.” 



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