Munoz Qualifies Fourth for Honda in Texas

6/5/2015

Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 5, 2015

 

Firestone 600

Circuit:                             Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Fort Worth, TX

2014 Winner:     Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing) 178.301 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, hot, 90 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

218.519

 

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

218.441

 

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

218.069

 

  4.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

217.831

 

  5.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

217.530

 

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

217.438

 

  7.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

217.411

 

  8.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

217.337

 

  9.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

217.323

 

10.

Sage Karam-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

216.920

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

216.876

 

12.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

216.864

 

13.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

216.686

 

16.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

215.929

 

17.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foty Racing

Honda

215.621

 

19.

Ryan Briscoe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

215.162

 

20.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

215.146

 

21.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

215.026

 

22.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

214.654

 

 

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Munoz, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifying in Texas

·       Carlos Munoz, winner of last Saturday’s race in Detroit, will start fourth

·       Graham Rahal, fifth in the drivers’ championship, qualifies sixth

 

Carlos Munoz, winner of last Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Belle Isle Park, led the Honda field in qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Firestone 600.  Munoz recorded the fourth-fastest speed in his Andretti Autosport Honda during single-car qualifying for this weekend’s first night race of 2015.

 

Graham Rahal, currently fifth in the drivers’ championship standings after podium finishes in three of the last four road course events and a fifth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500, qualified sixth for his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team. Munoz’s teammate, Marco Andretti, posted the 11th fastest qualifying run while James Jakes rounded out the top 12 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

 

Saturday’s 248-lap run, the second oval race of 2015, starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live television coverage on the NBC Sports network.

 

Carlos Munoz (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) 4th fastest in qualifying:  "I thought the first lap was okay, and at least the top four weren’t all Penske cars!  I’m really happy. I think here, qualifying is quite important in order to stay in the front, because passing is so difficult. You have to have a good car for the race, a consistent car. It was good to have my teammates (Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti) qualify in front of me.  That’s the good thing about qualifying [last], your teammates can give you information on how they did, what they did.  I need to give a big thanks to them for their help, and especially my crew. Tomorrow is a long race, so we’ll keep it clean the whole time."



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