Rahal, Hunter-Reay Lead Honda Qualifiers at Sonoma Raceway

9/17/2016

 

 

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, September 18, 2016

 

GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Circuit:              Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA

2015 Winner:     Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 94.117 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 88 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:16.2565

112.594 mph average

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:16.4134

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  3.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:16.5400

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:16.6659

Fast Six Final qualifying

  5.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:16.7149

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:16.9132

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:16.5700

Second Round

  8.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:16.5840

Second Round

  9.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

1:16.6115

Second Round

10.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenteri Racing

Chevrolet

1:16.8142

Second Round

11.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:16.8909

Second Round

12.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:16.9627

Second Round

Other Honda Results

14.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:16.9288

First Round, Group 2

15.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:16.9661

First Round, Group 1

16.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:17.0314

First Round, Group 2

17.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:17.0823

First Round, Group 1

20.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:17.1926

First Round, Group 2

21.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:17.6771

First Round, Group 1

22.

RC Enerson-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:17.3264

First Round, Group 2

 

 

Rahal, Hunter-Reay Head Honda Qualifying at Sonoma

·       Rahal to start fifth in best qualifying result of 2016

·       Hunter-Reay posts fifth top-six qualifying run of the season

·       Sonoma Raceway weekend wraps up 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season

 

Honda’s Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay both advanced to the final round of Verizon IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying Saturday at Sonoma Raceway, with Rahal recording his top qualifying performance of the season to start Sunday’s season-finale fifth. 

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay, fourth-quickest in Friday’s practice sessions, will start sixth, with his Andretti Autosport teammate, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, qualifying eighth after advancing to the second round.  The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of Mikhail Aleshin also made it to second-round qualifying and will start 11th.

 

Sunday’s 85-lap Indy car season finale starts at 6:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

GRAHAM RAHAL (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “It was a really solid end to the day for the Steak ‘n Shake team. We have had to work very hard to get ourselves into a good [starting] spot. I don’t think any session was smooth for us, but to come out of qualifying as the top Honda is something that makes us very proud. We’re fifth, and have [just] four Penskes ahead of us. My guys have worked very hard; we’re the little team that can. Tomorrow, hopefully, we can get a victory. It would mean a lot to end the season strong. Obviously we’ve got championship contenders in front of us, and we’ve got to be smart about what we’re doing tomorrow.  But we’re here to win. I’m not going to sit around and wait for someone else to do it. We just have to have a good, solid race.”



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