Dixon Leads Honda Qualifying Effort at Barber Motorsports Park

·       Scott Dixon qualifies 4th, third consecutive top-four qualifying performance of 2017

·       Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe also advance to “Fast Six” final qualifying

·       Honda drivers claim eight of the top 11 starting positions

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 22, 2017) – Scott Dixon led the way for Honda in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, and will start on the outside of the second row, fourth, in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  It is Dixon’s third consecutive top-four qualifying run of the 2017 season, after the Chip Ganassi Racing driver started second at the first two races of the season, in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Long Beach, California.

 

Two-time Barber winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe both also advanced to the final round of “knockout” qualifying Saturday, with Hunter-Reay qualifying fifth for Andretti Autosport and Long Beach race winner Hinchcliffe rounding out the top six for Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. 

 

Eight Honda drivers from four different teams advanced from first-round qualifying to secure starting positions in the top 12 for Sunday’s race, including Mikhail Aleshin in the second Schmidt-Peterson Honda; Ganassi Racing teammates Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan; and the Dale Coyne Racing duo of rookie Ed Jones and St. Petersburg race winner Sebastien Bourdais.

 

Sunday’s 90-lap Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 4th“Honda has done a great job making improvements in the off-season, and we struggled a bit in qualifying to get all that [additional] power to the ground!  We have a very good NTT DATA Honda. The Penske cars [starting 1-2-3] are pretty fast, but we kept up pretty well, given the rise in temperature today. Tomorrow is supposed to be much cooler, and I feel our car will respond to that better than the temps we saw today. I’m happy with our starting spot and hope we have something to get to the front here at Barber Sunday.”

 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Circuit:              Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, Ala.

2016 Winner:     Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 114.254 mph average

Weather:           Mostly cloudy, warm, 81 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.9614

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.1429

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.3817

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:07.5817

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  5.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.6851

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.8710

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.5941

2nd Round Qualifying

  8.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.9467

2nd Round Qualifying

  9.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:07.9788

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.0305

2nd Round Qualifying

11.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:08.2034

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:08.2726

2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda Results

13.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.5405

1st Round, Group 1

14.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.6928

1st Round, Group 2

15.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:07.7033

1st Round, Group 1

18.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:07.7483

1st Round, Group 2

21.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:08.0499

1st Round, Group 2