Rahal Leads Honda Qualifiers at Pocono

8/22/2015

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, August 22, 2015

 

ABC Supply Company Pocono 500

Circuit:                             Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) Long Pond, PA

2014 Winner:     Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske) 202.402 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, mild, 75 degrees F

 

Top-10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

220.530

 

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

220.485

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

220.398

 

  4.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

220.141

 

  5.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

220.118

 

  6.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

219.831

 

  7.

Justin Wilson

Andretti Autosport

Honda

219.685

 

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

219.672

 

  9.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

219.578

 

10.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing Technology

Chevrolet

219.521

 

Other Honda-powered Results

13.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

218.596

 

14.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

218.331

 

15.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

218.246

 

16.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

218.152

 

17.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

217.372

 

18.

Ryan Briscoe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

217.241

 

22.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

215.101

 

 

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Rahal Qualifies Fifth at Pocono

·       Honda driver continues fight for IndyCar Series championship

·       Five Honda drivers post top-10 qualifying runs

·       Third of three 500-mile races in 2015

 

Honda’s Graham Rahal continued his late-season run for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship Saturday at Pocono Raceway in northeastern Pennsylvania, qualifying fifth for Sunday’s ABC Supply Company Pocono 500.   With two races remaining in the 2015 season, Rahal is currently ranked second in the drivers’ championship battle, nine points behind Juan Pablo Montoya, who struggled with handling issues in qualifying, leaving him 19th in the 24-car starting field.

 

Just behind Rahal, Andretti Autosport drivers Carlos Munoz, Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay will start sixth through eighth, respectively, with Takuma Sato leading the A.J. Foyt effort in qualifying and will start ninth.

 

Sunday’s 200-lap race, the final oval, third 500-mile and penultimate race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, begins at 2 p.m. EDT with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) qualified 5th:  "That was a good qualifying session. To get in the top-five feels really was good. I definitely think the aero efficiency of the competition has an advantage over us here in qualifying, but my guys did a great job to get us a starting spot up front, particularly [engineers] Mike [Talbott] and Eddie [Jones], who chose a good downforce level [for qualifying].  To be the top Honda feels good again, but we’ve got a big day tomorrow.  I’ve got to make up some points and I think we can do it. We have to chase down Juan [Pablo Montoya] in the points. Obviously qualifying didn’t go his way, but Juan is one heck of a competitor and I know he will be there right on our heels tomorrow.”



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