Front row start for Honda, Dixon in St. Petersburg

3/11/2017

Front Row Start for Honda, Scott Dixon at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

·       Dixon, James Hinchcliffe lead qualifying effort for Honda

·       Three Honda teams, four drivers reach “Firestone Fast Six” final qualifying shootout

·       2017 Verizon IndyCar Series opens Sunday

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 11, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon again led the Honda effort Saturday at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, advancing to the “Firestone Fast Six” final qualifying round.  Dixon will start Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the outside of the front row, second.

 

In all, three Honda Verizon IndyCar Series teams advanced through two rounds of “knockout” qualifying to make the final, led by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe, who will start third.  In his first race with Andretti Autosport, veteran Takuma Sato qualified fifth, with Dixon’s teammate Tony Kanaan rounding out the top six.

 

Honda drivers also dominated second-round qualifying.  Max Chilton, making his second start at St. Petersburg for Chip Ganassi Racing, will start seventh, followed by defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi, Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal rounding out the top 10.

 

Sunday’s 110-lap season-opening race starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on ABC.

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Qualified 2nd“That was just on me, unfortunately. We have a super-fast car and should have been on pole. I just messed up a little on my fastest lap there. I’m obviously disappointed, but the team has four fast cars. We’re working together great with Honda and I can’t wait to start the race tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll have the GE car up front when it counts.”

 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Circuit:       Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit), St. Petersburg, FL

Weather:    Sunny, warm, 81 degrees

 

Top 12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Average Speed/Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.0640

106.118 mph average

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:01.2219

+0.157 seconds

  3.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.3039

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  4.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.7229

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  5.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport 

Honda

1:01.9851

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing             

Honda

1:02.0824

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:01.3516

2nd Round Qualifying

  8.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport 

Honda

1:01.5198

2nd Round Qualifying

  9.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:01.6066

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:01.6181

2nd Round Qualifying

11

Carlos Munoz

A.J. Foyt Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.7399

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:03.1588

2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda-powered Results:

15.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.6070

1st Round, Group 1

 

17.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.7674

1st Round, Group 1

 

18.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:01.7598

1st Round, Group 2

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

21.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

No speed

1st Round, Contact

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

 



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