Honda Racing Report - Qualifying Report - Grand Prix of Long Beach

4/20/2013

Circuit:                 Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.986-mile street circuit) Long Beach, CA

2012 Winer: Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) 88.021 mph average

Weather:               Sunny, mild, 78 degrees F

 

Firestone Fast Six Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver    

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

1.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.2379

105.369 mph

2.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.2934

 

3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.3987

 

4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing   

Honda Dallara

1:07.4472

 

5.

Mike Conway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:07.5994

 

6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.9698

 

Second Round Qualifiers:

7.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.4358

 

8.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.5891

 

9.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.6306

 

10.

E.J. Viso

HVM/Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.7209

 

11.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:07.7799

 

12.

JR Hildebrand

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.9702

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.9185

Group 1

16.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:08.2579

Group 2

17.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:07.9979

Group 1

19.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:08.1512

Group 1

20.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:08.6431

Group 2

23.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing            

Honda Dallara

1:09.9133

Group 1

25.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing            

Honda Dallara

No time

Group 1

26.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.6706

Group 2

 

                                                                          

         Franchitti Claims Pole for Honda at Long Beach

 

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti’s final lap Saturday in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying proved to be just enough, as the Honda-powered driver edged defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay by just under six hundredths of a second to claim the pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.  The run was Franchitti’s first IndyCar pole since the 2012 Honda Indy Toronto, as the four-time series champion, and winner here in 2009, prepares for his 250th IndyCar race start in tomorrow’s race.

 

Takuma Sato continued his run of strong early-season performances, as he once again made the “Fast Six” final round of knockout qualifying and will start fourth on Sunday for A.J. Foyt Racing.  Making his first IndyCar start of the season, 2011 Long Beach winner Mike Conway will start fifth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, while Charlie Kimball produced his second consecutive top-10 qualifying performance and will start ninth for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing.

 

Sunday’s 80-lap race, the third round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) pole qualifier, his first pole of 2013 and 30th career IndyCar pole:  "This [pole] means a lot.  We had a very fast car at Barber [for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama], but we made a mess of qualifying.  Today, it was nice to go out with a great car and really get everything out of it.  That last lap [we] just threw caution to the wind in a couple of places and I just got [the pole].  So it feels good, especially with the field as tight as it is.  It was nice for Honda to get a pole here, too, on their home ground.”



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