Sato, Honda To Start Eighth at the Honda Indy Toronto

6/13/2015

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Honda Indy Toronto

Circuit:                             Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada

2014 Winners:   Race 1 Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) 90.370 mph average

                            Race 2 Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing]  73.168 mph average [rain]

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 81 degrees F

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Top 12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

   59.4280

106.314 mph average

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

   59.6095

+0.1815 seconds

  3.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

   59.6242

Fast Six Shootout

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

   59.8879

Fast Six Shootout

  5.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

   59.9012

Fast Six Shootout

  6.

Luca Filippi

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:00.2312

Fast Six Shootout

  7.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

   59.8940

Second round

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

   59.9500

Second round

  9.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:00.0901

Second round

10.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:00.1214

Second round

11.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:00.1323

Second round

12.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:00.4576

Second round

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:00.6849

First round, Group 1

14.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

1:01.4569

First round, Group 2

16.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.5959

First round, Group 2

18.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.9907

First round, Group 2

19.

Conor Daly-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.2543

First round, Group 1

21.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:01.5065

First round, Group 1

22.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:02.4016

First round, Group 2

23.

Rodolfo Gonzalez-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:05.0167

First round, Group 2

             

Sato Leads Honda Qualifiers in Toronto

·       Sato to start Honda Indy Toronto from eighth on the grid

·       Graham Rahal, James Jakes also advance to second-round qualifying

 

Takuma Sato produced his third top-10 qualifying effort of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto from eighth in his A.J. Foyt Racing Honda.  Sato missed advancing to the “Fast Six” final round qualifying by only five-hundredths of a second, after making it to the last qualifying round in two of the four previous temporary street circuit events this season.

 

After leading the Honda field in Friday’s practice sessions, Graham Rahal also advanced to the second round, and will start 10th in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Jakes equaling his season-best 12th-place qualifying effort in Texas last week with an identical starting position for tomorrow’s 85-lap contest.

 

The 10th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season start at 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Takuma Sato(#14 Rahal A.J. Foyt Racing Honda):  “We were very close to advancing [to the Fast Six Shootout], I think we were just five-one hundredths short, or close to it.  But that’s racing.  This is a tricky, very bumpy track, with a lot of surface changes.  Even after they ground [the surface], it’s still rough.  But that makes for an exciting race, and this race gets such fantastic support from Honda and all of the Canadian race fans.  I hope to be able to give them something to celebrate tomorrow.”



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