Munoz, Honda Take Texas Pole

6/10/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 10, 2016

 

Firestone 600

Circuit:                             Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Fort Worth, TX

2015 Winner:     Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 191.940 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, hot, 94 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

217.137

 

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

216.901

 

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

216.740*

 

  4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

216.740*

 

  5.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

216.648

 

  6.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

216.663

 

  7.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

216.647

 

  8.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

216.295

 

  9.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

216.262*

 

10.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

216.262*

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

216.260

 

12.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

216.162

 

13.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

215.927

 

16.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

215.299

 

20.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

214.568

 

21.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

213.826

 

20.

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

No speed

Crash in practice

 

* Tied on speed, positions determined by 0.0001 difference in total elapsed time

 

Munoz, Honda Take Pole in Texas Qualifying

·       Career-first pole for Munoz

·       Second consecutive super speedway pole for Honda

·       Sato, Indy-winner Rossi, Hinchcliffe all complete top-10 qualifying runs

 

After finishing a close second two weeks ago at the Indianapolis 500, Carlos Munoz posted a two-lap average speed of 217.137 mph to score his first Verizon IndyCar Series pole Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.  It is Honda’s second consecutive Indy car superspeedway pole of 2016, as James Hinchcliffe took the pole last month for the Indianapolis 500, a race won by fellow Honda driver Alexander Rossi.

 

Takuma Sato will start Saturday night’s 600-kilometer race from the outside of the second row, fourth, after a tie-breaker with third-place Helio Castoneves was settled by a one-ten thousandth of a second differential in elapsed time.  In an identical tie-breaker, Honda drivers Rossi qualified ninth and Hinchcliffe, 10th. 

 

Saturday night’s 248-lap event, the second superspeedway race of 2016, starts at 8 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Carlos Munoz (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier, 1st career IndyCar Series pole:  "You know, if I’m honest, I didn’t expect to be on the pole, and I didn’t expect to be qualifying at 217.  I wasn’t that happy with my car in the first practice session.  Conditions out there were tough, the cars were moving around a lot in the heat, and there was a lot of tire degradation.  It is really nice to have my first pole, hopefully the first of many, but now we have to focus on night practice and setting up the car for the race tomorrow night.  I want to win races.” 



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