Andretti To Start Third at Fontana

6/27/2015

Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 27, 2015

 

MAVTV American Real 500

Circuit:                             Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) Fontana, Calif.

2014 Winner:     Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing) 191.111 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, hot, 93 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

218.952

 

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

218.734

 

  3.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

217.797

 

  4.

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Honda

217.666

 

  5.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

217.250

 

  6.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

217.184

 

  7.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

217.184

 

  8.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

217.176

 

  9.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

217.109

 

10.

Sage Karam-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

217.060

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

216.878

 

14.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

215.983

 

16.

Ryan Briscoe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

215.983

 

17.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

215.346

 

18.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

213.720

 

19.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

213.639

 

20.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

213.317

 

22.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

210.528

 

23.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda

No speed

Did not qualify-mechanical

 

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Andretti Qualifies Third for Honda at Auto Club Speedway Speedway

·       Second of three 500-mile races in 2015

·       Briscoe leads Honda 1-2 result in morning practice  

 

A strong qualifying run for Marco Andretti Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, will see the Honda-powered Andretti Autosport driver start third in Saturday’s MAVTv500, the second rung of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series “Triple Crown” of 500-mile events.

 

Andretti was fast throughout the first day of activity on the two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval, posting the second-fastest speed in morning practice behind fellow Honda driver Ryan Briscoe and following up with a 217.797 mph average in qualifying.

 

Substituting once more for the injured James Hinchcliffe, veteran Briscoe led the field in the first of two practice sessions today, but slipped to 16th in single-car qualifying.  Takuma Sato will start ninth for A.J. Foyt Racing, while Carlos Munoz just missed the top 10 in qualifying and will start 11th in his Andretti Autosport Honda. 

 

Saturday 250-lap race begins at 4 p.m. EDT with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Marco Andretti (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda)           qualified 3rd:  "We'll have a pretty clean view for the start here [after qualifying third]. I'm pretty excited about the race car; I'm thrilled with where we ended up in qualifying -- but I think my race car is really solid, and thankfully we won't have to come from the back. I’m just really proud of everybody, we're really maximizing everything."



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