Rahal Qualifies Eighth for Honda at Barber

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying Report

4/25/2015

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying Report

Circuit:                             Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course), Birmingham, AL

2014 winner:     Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) 94.537 mph average

Weather:           Early morning and afternoon showers, mild, 71 degrees F 

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.1925

xx.xxx mph average

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.3833

+0.1908 seconds

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.6383

Fast six shootout

  4.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.6938

Fast six shootout

  5.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:07.8922

Fast six shootout

  6.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.9426

Fast six shootout

  7.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

1:07.2462

Second round

  8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:07.3903

Second round

  9.

Luca Filippi

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:07.6302

Second round

10.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.6626

Second round

11.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.8405

Second round

12.

Sage Karam-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.8930

Second Round

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.6295

First Round, Group 1

 

14.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.9671

First Round, Group 2

 

16.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:07.8191

First Round, Group 2

 

18.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.9981

First Round, Group 2

 

19.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

1:08.0002

First Round, Group 1

 

20.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:08.2541

First Round, Group 2

 

21.

Rodolfo Gonzalez-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:08.5259

First Round, Group 1

 

22.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.3533

First Round, Group 2

 

23.

Francesco Dracone-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:10.1133

First Round, Group 2

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

Rahal Qualifies Eighth for Honda at Barber Motorsports Park

·       Hinchcliffe also posts top-10 qualifying effort

·       Field set for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

 

Graham Rahal led the Honda field in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, posting the eighth-quickest time in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda in the second of the three-round “knockout” qualifying sessions. 

 

The performance matched Rahal’s best previous qualifying effort at Barber Motorsports Park, eighth in 2012, and was his second consecutive top-eight qualifying run of 2015. James Hinchcliffe completed the top 10 qualifiers in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

 

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda racing activities in Alabama, including Verizon IndyCar and Acura Pirelli World Challenge efforts, are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTVThe Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) qualified eighth today:  “It was a really good lap. I don’t know if there was much left in the Steak ‘n Shake car. These guys worked very hard and we fought back here in qualifying. It’s good to be the fastest Honda. We have to close the gap and get up there, get more competitive. I think we have a good chance in the race starting eighth. Anything can happen here. We’ve got to be smart and we’ve got to take care of the rear tires. I think we can get a good result, I feel good about it.”



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