Rahal Leads Honda Qualifiers at Road America

6/25/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Saturday, June 25, 2016

 

Kohler Grand Prix of Road America

Circuit:                             Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, WI

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 83 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:42.2105

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:42.3759

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  3.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:42.7279

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:42.8573

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  5.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:42.9449

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:43.7782

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Max Chilton-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:42.7519

2nd Round

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:42.8318

2nd Round

  9.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:43.1073

2nd Round

10.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.2001

2nd Round

11.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:43.2649

2nd Round

12.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

1:43.3291

2nd Round

Other Honda Results

13.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:43.4024

1st Round, Group 1

15.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:43.5357

1st Round, Group 1

16.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:45.0840

1st Round, Group 2

18.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:45.5110

1st Round, Group 2

19.

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:43.6672

1st Round, Group 1

21.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.7389

1st Round, Group 1

22.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

4:29.0408

1st Round, Group 2

 

 

Rahal, Honda To Start Sixth at Road America

·       Graham Rahal advances to Fast Six final qualifying for the third time in 2016

·       Ryan Hunter-Reay fights off illness, qualifies eighth

·       Rookie Conor Daly qualifies career-best ninth

 

Graham Rahal led the way for Honda and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, advancing to the final round of Verizon IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying to start sixth in Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix.

 

Despite battling a case of the flu, Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified eighth for Honda and Andretti Autosport, while Daly Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly will start ninth, a career-best Indy car start for the rookie.  Also driving for the four-car Andretti effort, Carlos Munoz rounded out the top 10 today for Honda.

 

Sunday’s 50-lap Kohler Grand Prix of Road America starts at 1 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) qualified sixth:  “We’re surrounded by our championship competitors, and the top Honda, so it feels good to be in that position. I feel like the Gehl / D-A Lubricant Honda is pretty good going into the race. My guys have worked extremely hard to get us in this position. Yeah, it would be nice to be on pole, but I didn’t think that we had enough to get it. On the last [qualifying] round, we decided to go with new blacks (tires) instead of used [softer compound] reds because reds may be better tomorrow.  So I didn’t want to put a second run on them.  I haven’t raced on a track this difficult in a long time. It seems like every lap you do, the track gives you a little something different. It’s always a challenge. We need a good win this year and want to get a win for Honda and be the team to get them back in Victory Lane at Road America. It’s pretty clear that in this part of the world there is a great amount of support for Indy car racing and it’s awesome to be here.”



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