Hinchcliffe to start sixth at Honda Indy Toronto

7/16/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Saturday, July 16, 2016

 

Honda Indy Toronto

Circuit:                             Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada

2015 Winner:     Josef Newgarden (Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing) 90.410 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, mild, 73 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

   59.9073

107.326 mph average

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

   59.9425

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.2293

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.4085

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  5.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

1:00.4221

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.5637

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:00.5693

2nd Round

  8.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:00.5885

2nd Round

  9.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.6532

2nd Round

10.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:00.6635

2nd Round

11.

Luca Filippi

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:00.7784

2nd Round

12.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:00.8561

2nd Round

Other Honda Results

13.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:00.6930

1st Round, Group 1

15.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:00.7712

1st Round, Group 1

16.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:00.7088

1st Round, Group 2

18.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:00.8721

1st Round, Group 2

19.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:01.2087

1st Round, Group 1

20.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:01.4012

1st Round, Group 2

22.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.4384

1st Round, Group 2

 

 

Hinchcliffe Qualifies Sixth in Toronto

·       Hometown favorite Hinchcliffe leads Honda field

·       Conor Daly top rookie, qualifies seventh

·       Aleshin, Filippi also advance

 

Toronto native James Hinchcliffe will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto from the outside of the third row, sixth, as he led the Honda field Saturday in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying in front of his hometown fans.  It was the third time that the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver has advanced to the “Fast Six” final round of knockout qualifying in eight road racing weekends this season.  It also was Hinchcliffe’s best qualifying result in seven career IndyCar starts in Toronto.

 

Conor Daly posted his best qualifying performance of 2016, advancing to the second round and just missing the “Fast Six” final round by 11 hundredths of a second.  He will lead the rookie field and start seventh in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

 

Mikhail Aleshin, in the second Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, will start 10th.   Daly’s teammate, Luca Filippi, qualified 11th in his Dale Coyne Racing entry.  Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on CNBC.

 

James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda):  "It’s good to be back at the sharp end of the grid after difficult qualifying sessions in the last two races left us shotgun on the field. It is unbelievably tough to win in the series [starting] from outside the top 10. I’m much, much more than pleased to be starting from the front.  In terms of our chances to win tomorrow, this is my best qualifying spot  [Hinchcliffe’s previous best Toronto qualifying result was eighth], so this is the best chance we’ve ever had here [to win].”



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