Rahal Leads Honda Qualifiers for Honda Grand Prix of Alabama

4/23/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Saturday, April 23, 2016

 

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Circuit:                             Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, AL

2015 Winner:     Josef Newgarden (Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing) 107.176 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Lap Time

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.7262

New track record

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.9421

+0.2159 seconds

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.0283

Fast six shootout

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.2083

Fast six shootout

  5.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.2965

Fast six shootout

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:07.6388

Fast six shootout

  7.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.0129

2nd round

  8.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.0955

2nd round

  9.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.1715

2nd round

10.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.3020

2nd round

11.

Max Chilton-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:08.0728

2nd round

12.

Luca Filippi

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:08.3655

2nd round

Other Honda-powered Results

13.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.2417

1st round, Group 1

14.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:07.2360

1st round, Group 2

15.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.2435

1st round, Group 1

16.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:07.2385

1st round, Group 2

17.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:07.2974

1st round, Group 1

18.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.4449

1st round, Group 2

19.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.6570

1st round, Group 1

20.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:07.5612

1st round, Group 2

 

 

Rahal Leads Honda Qualifiers at Barber Motorsports Park

·       Best qualifying effort of 2015 for Rahal

·       Hinchcliffe, Filippi also advance through two qualifying rounds

·       Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama runs Sunday

 

In his first Firestone Fast Six appearance of 2016, Graham Rahal led the Honda contingent Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park and will start sixth in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  In addition to being his best qualifying result of the season, today’s performance is also Rahal’s strongest qualifying effort in seven starts at the scenic road course just outside of Birmingham, Alabama.  In his best previous race at Barber, in 2015, Rahal started eighth and went on to finish second.

 

James Hinchcliffe continued to show good form on the road and street circuits of the Verizon IndyCar Series, qualifying eighth today for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, with Luca Filippi also making it to the second round of “knockout” Indy car qualifying to start 12th for Dale Coyne Racing.

 

Sunday’s 90-lap Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda):  "It will make life a little easier, being this far forward [for the race start]. It's always an interesting race around this place but we'll just have to see how it plays out tomorrow.  For us to get into the Fast Six, I did was about as good of a lap as I think I have ever put together here. From comments I've heard, others are struggling with the rear tires going off a lot in the long run and I don't really have that problem.  We're going to keep our heads down, keep focused and just out race them a little bit. And if we can keep the rear tires under us, and save some fuel hopefully to make the end of the race easier so we can attack hard, I think it will put us in a good spot.”



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