Honda Edmonton Qualifying Report

7/21/2012

 

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Edmonton Indy                                                                                                                                             Qualifying Report
Circuit:                     City Centre Airport (2.556-mile temporary circuit) Edmonton, Alb., Canada
2011 Winner:            Will Power (Team Penske Honda) 90.949 mph average
Weather:                   Overcast, cool, brief showers, 71 degrees F

 

 Top 12 Qualifying Results: 

Ps.

Driver

Team

Engine - Chassis

Time

Notes

1.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.2338

Fast Six Shootout [Damp]

2.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassii

Honda Dallara

1:17.2446

Fast Six Shootout

3.

Ryan Briscoe

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:17.4238

Fast Six Shootout

4.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:17.5526

Fast Six Shootout

5.

Alex Tagliani

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:17.6139

Fast Six Shootout

6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Honda Dallara

1:17.6401

Fast Six Shootout

7.

Dario Franchitti

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:27.5666

2nd Round [Rain]

8.

Will Power

Target Chip Ganassi            

Honda Dallara

1:27.7001

2nd Round

9.

Scott Dixon

Sam Schmidt Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:27.8412

2nd Round

10.

Simon Pagenaud-R

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:28.2521

2nd Round

11.

Rubens Barrichello

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:28.6737

2nd Round

12.

Graham Rahal

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:28.7409

2nd Round

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

 

13.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:16.6190

1st Round, Group 1

15.

Josef Newgarden-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:16.7533

1st Round, Group 1

16.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:16.9900

1st Round, Group 2

19.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:17.0078

1st Round, Group 1

25.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.8781

1st Round, Group 2

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

 

                  Franchitti Qualifies Second at Edmonton

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti continued his streak of impressive IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying runs Saturday at the Edmonton City Centre Airport.  The Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver posted the second-fastest time in the final, “Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start Sunday’s Edmonton Indy from the pole due to a 10-position penalty for an unapproved engine change in the car of pole qualifier Ryan Hunter-Reay.  It will be the fourth consecutive front-row start for Franchitti, a streak that began at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

The final two rounds of “knockout” qualifying were affected by changing weather conditions around the Edmonton airport circuit, as a brief shower just prior to the second round resulted in a wet track for all competitors.  The track began to dry near the end of the 15-minute session, leading to constant position changes during the final minutes. 

The “Fast Six” qualifying round began on a dry track, but rain again began to fall in the final minute, affecting the final runs from Franchitti; 2011 Edmonton pole qualifier Takuma Sato, who will start fourth; and fifth-qualifying Alex Tagliani.  Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) second quickest in qualifying, his fourth consecutive front-row start in 2012: “It was fairly interesting out there.  The car was working well, but it started to rain right at the end of the first round, and it was wet throughout the second.  But by the ‘Fast Six’ [final qualifying round] it was starting to dry out, and the question became whether to use new [softer] ‘Red’ tires, or run scrubbed tires.  We took a gamble and went with used Reds.  It almost paid off, as we came within a hundredth [of a second] of Ryan’s time.  But we’re starting at the front, and I think we’re in good shape for the race tomorrow.”

 



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