Hinchcliffe Leads Honda Qualifiers at Long Beach

4/16/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Saturday, April 16, 2016

 

Grand Prix of Long Beach

Circuit:                             Long Beach Convention Center (1.968-mile temporary circuit) Long Beach, CA

2015 Winner:     Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 96.8 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 75 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.1246

Fast Six Shootout

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.4455

Fast Six Shootout

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.7410

Fast Six Shootout

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.7951

Fast Six Shootout

  5.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.9054

Fast Six Shootout

  6.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

No time

Fast Six Shootout

  7.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.1415

Round 2 qualifying

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:07.2299

Round 2 qualifying

  9.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.2548

Round 2 qualifying

10.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.2663

Round 2 qualifying

11.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.3171

Round 2 qualifying

12.

Luca Filippi

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:07.9660

Round 2 qualifying

Other Honda-powered Results

13.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:07.7520

Round 1, Group 1

16.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andrettti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:07.6872

Round 1, Group 2

17.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:07.8841

Round 1, Group 1

18.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.8513

Round 1, Group 2

20.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:07.9929

Round 1, Group 2

21.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.2045

Round 1, Group 2

 

 

Hinchcliffe Heads Honda Qualifiers at Long Beach

·       Sato, Munoz also post top-10 times

·       Daly again leads rookie field

 

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe again led the Honda field in Verizon IndyCar Series action on Saturday on the streets of Long Beach, California, qualifying seventh for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.  The Canadian Indy car veteran, now fully recovered from serious injuries sustained last May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is seeking his fifth career victory, and first at Long Beach.

 

Qualifying less than a tenth of a second slower, 2013 Long Beach winner Takuma Sato will start eighth, with 2015 Detroit victor Carlos Munoz leading the Andretti Autosport effort to round out the top-10 qualifiers.  Munoz’s teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, will start 11th.

 

Luca Filippi capped a strong effort from Dale Coyne Racing to qualify 12th, while teammate Conor Daly again led the rookie field at Long Beach, and will start 13th.  Sunday’s 80-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda):  "Today was a really good day. We rolled off the truck with a good car on Friday and I'm really proud of the Arrow Electronics guys for the prep that they did, because the car was a rocket right from the get-go. We've just been making little tweaks to it, trying to get into a position to be fighting for the Firestone Fast Six, and we did. We finished seventh.  We kind of [lost out] a little bit with the way that the Timing and Scoring system failed, but it is what it is. We're starting on the inside, which is great. It's such a turnaround from the race in Phoenix two weeks ago. There are a lot of reasons to be happy today and I'm proud of the guys."

 



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