Hunter-Reay leads Honda Qualifiers at Sonoma

Rahal to chase drivers' championship from sixth on the grid

8/29/2015

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Saturday, August 29, 2015

 

GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Circuit:                             Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA

2014 Winner:     Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 94.026 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:16.2597

New lap record

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:16.3964

Fast Six Shootout

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:16.5254

Fast Six Shootout

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:16.6683

Fast Six Shootout

  5.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:16.8437

Fast Six Shootout

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:17.1769

Fast Six Shootout

  7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:16.6669

2nd Round qualifying

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:16.8710

2nd Round qualifying

  9.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:16.9677

2nd Round qualifying

10.

Sebastian Saavedra

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:17.1596

2nd Round qualifying

11.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:17.2899

2nd Round qualifying

12.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:17.3302

2nd Round qualifying

Other Honda-powered Results

14.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:17.3885

1st Round, Group 2

17.

Ryan Briscoe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:17.4886

1st Round, Group 1

18.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:17.5599

1st Round, Group 2

19.

Oriol Servia

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:17.5724

1st Round, Group 1

21.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:17.7994

1st Round, Group 1

22.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:17.8968

1st Round, Group 2

23.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:17.9876

1st Round, Group 1

24.

Rodolfo Gonzalez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:18.3867

1st Round, Group 2

25.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:19.0408

1st Round, Group 2

 

Hunter-Reay Heads Honda Qualifying at Sonoma

·       Two-time 2015 race winner will start season finale from third

·       Graham Rahal to chase title from sixth on the grid

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay led the Honda field in qualifying Saturday at Sonoma Raceway, and will start third in Sunday’s season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.  Hunter-Reay, winner earlier this year at Iowa Speedway and again last weekend at Pocono Raceway, was one of 10 drivers to break the existing Sonoma track record.  Will Power, who eclipsed his own 2014 mark of 1:17.2393, claimed the pole. 

 

Championship contender Graham Rahal will start sixth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, as he battles Power, Josef Newgarden, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship tomorrow.

 

Sunday’s 85-lap finale starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda):  "It was a good day after breaking the track record in practice one this morning.  I had a really good car this morning.  The heat made things a little bit more difficult for qualifying, but as they say, it’s the same for everyone.  We had P1 [pole] locked up for a good part of the “Fast Six” [final qualifying], but just lost out a little bit on our tire choice at the end. In hindsight, I went with the wrong set of tires.   We went with a used set that didn’t quite get us through.  Starting third tomorrow, we can get hopefully get it done. Good to have our Honda starting up front."



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