Aleshin Leads Honda Qualifiers in Iowa

Hunter-Reay seeks third consecutive Iowa victory

7/9/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Saturday, July 9, 2016

 

Iowa Corn 300

Circuit:                             Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, IA

2015 Winner:     Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) 129.943 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 84 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

185.855

 

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

185.639

 

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

185.433

 

  4.

Max Chilton-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

185.419

 

  5.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

184.489

 

  6.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

184.430

 

  7.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

184.339

 

  8.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

183.984

 

  9.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

182.754

 

10.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

182.637

 

Other Honda-powered Results

12.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

182.253

 

13.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

181.949

 

14.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

181.700

 

15.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

181.067

 

17.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

180.920

 

18.

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

180.390

 

19.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

180.286

 

20.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

179.903

 

21.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

178.646

 

22.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

175.027

 

 

 

Aleshin Heads Honda Field in Iowa Qualifying

·       Disappointing day for Honda teams and drivers

·       Honda seeking third consecutive Iowa victory

·       Final short-oval race of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday

 

A tough day for Honda drivers and teams Saturday at Iowa Speedway saw Mikhail Aleshin lead the way for the manufacturer, qualifying ninth on the short, nine-tenths of a mile oval for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300.

 

Aleshin and Graham Rahal were the only Honda drivers to break into the top 12 in single-car qualifying on a warm and sunny afternoon at the tight, high-banked Iowa Speedway oval.  A.J. Foyt Racing teammates Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth qualified 13th and 14th, respectively.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, seeking this third consecutive Honda-powered Iowa Speedway victory, will start 20th. His previous Iowa victories came after starting 13th [in 2014] and after running 12th in Friday practice last year.

 

Sunday night’s 300-lap event, the second and final short-oval race of 2016, starts at 5 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Mikhail Aleshin (#7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) qualified 9th:  “I think we had a decent qualifying run and I’m happy to be the fastest Honda. Top ten is a good position to start tomorrow in the SMP Racing car and the race is very long. It’s going to be very difficult and it’s hard to say what to expect but I think we’ll be okay.”

 



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