Hunter-Reay Leads Honda IndyCar Qualifying at Long Beach

4/18/2015

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, April 18, 2015

 

Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying Report

Circuit:                             Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, CA

2014 winner:     Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing] 82.362 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 72 degrees F 

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.6294

106.331 mph average

  2.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.6587

+0.0293 seconds

  3.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:06.7870

Fast six shootout

  4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.0473

Fast six shootout

  5.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.1433

Fast six shootout

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:07.1716

Fast six shootout

  7.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.1090

Second round qualifier

  8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:07.1290

Second round qualifier

  9.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

1:07.2411

Second round qualifier

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.3161

Second round qualifier

11.

Sebastian Saavedra

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.3924

Second round qualifier

12.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.4049

Second round qualifier

Other Honda-powered Results

13.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.3976

First round, Group 1

16.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

1:08.6276

First round, Group 2

17.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:07.4653

First round, Group 1

19.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.7702

First round, Group 1

20.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:08.8732

First round, Group 2

21.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:08.7825

First round, Group 1

22.

Francesco Dracone-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:10.4644

First round, Group 2

             

 

Hunter-Reay to start fourth for Honda at Long Beach

·       Rahal posts seventh-quickest time in afternoon practice session

·       Graham Rahal continues strong weekend with eighth-place qualifying run

·       Andretti Autosport places all three drivers in the top 12

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay led the Honda field in “Firestone Fast Six” Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday in Long Beach, California, posting the fourth-quickest time in the final “knockout” elimination round that set the field for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Hunter-Reay, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, won in Long Beach in 2010. 

 

Graham Rahal will start tomorrow’s 80-lap race from eighth, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan, while Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport teammates, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz, will start from 10th and  12th, respectively.

 

Sunday’s third round of the 16-race 2015 season starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay(#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) qualified 4th:  “That was pressure-packed. We definitely put the goal out today to make the Firestone Fast Six – that, for us, was a pole today. We got in there and we got well within [the top six], so we’re pretty happy about that. Tomorrow, for warmup, we’re going to have to see how the No. 28 DHL Honda is with race trim, but this is another step forward with this new Honda [aero] package, and I think it’s obvious. Congrats to Helio [Castroneves] on the pole. I think he won the pole here back in ’86 or something like that! No, no, like 13 years ago, but that’s a testament to how talented he is. We’re making steps with this Honda package, and I think we just keep chipping away at it like this and we’ll be able to close that gap."



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