Kanaan Paces Honda Effort in Phoenix

4/29/2017 4:45:00 AM

  • Tony Kanaan qualifies sixth for Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Mikhail Aleshin will start seventh, best qualifying performance of 2017
  • First oval, and first Saturday night IndyCar Series race of season

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Tony Kanaan led the way for Honda in qualifying Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, and will start sixth in Saturday night's Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. 

Kanaan led a block of all 13 Honda drivers, who will start sixth through 18th in the 21-car field on Saturday.  Mikhail Aleshin, in his best qualifying performance of 2017, will start seventh for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, followed by defending race winner Scott Dixon, eighth.  Marco Andretti and St. Petersburg race winner Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top 10 for Honda.

Saturday night's 250-lap race, the first oval round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, starts at 8 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Qualified 6th: "We had a good qualifying today. The NTT DATA Honda looks fast, and I'm happy with where we're starting tomorrow. I have a strong track record here at Phoenix, so I definitely think we can get around those guys in front of us tomorrow and win from sixth."

Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) Qualified 7th: "We had an issue [with the dashboard readout] during our run. Not the best issue to have, especially during qualifying. The car was really good, and the problem happened [at the] last minute, so it was too late to solve it. Anyway, I'm happy with where we are at the moment, so we'll see how the rest of qualifying goes and where we end up tomorrow."

Verizon IndyCar Series Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix
Circuit:              Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile oval) Avondale, Ariz.
2015 Winner:    Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 139.822 mph average
Weather:           Clear, mild, 72 degrees F

Top-12 Qualifying Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Total Time

Average Speed

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

37.7538

194.905 mph

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

37.9266

194.017

  3.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

37.9471

193.912

  4.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

37.9933

193.676

  5.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

38.0449

193.414

  6.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

38.2178

192.539

  7.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

38.2599

192.327

  8.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

38.3151

192.050

  9.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

38.4478

191.387

10.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

38.4554

191.349

11.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

38.4866

191.194

12.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

38.5663

190.799

Other Honda Results


13.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

38.5725

190.768

14.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

38.6136

190.565

15.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

38.6461

190.405

16.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

38.7226

190.029

17.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

38.7721

189.786

18.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

38.7736

189.779

 

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