Second-Row Start for Dixon, Honda in INDYCAR Grand Prix Qualifying

5/12/2017 10:34:00 PM

  • Scott Dixon qualifies fourth on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
  • Sebastien Bourdais also advances to final round of "knockout" qualifying
  • Honda drivers claim seven of the top 12 grid positions for Saturday's race

Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais led the way for Honda Friday in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.  Both advanced through the first two rounds of "knockout" qualifying to take part in the "Fast Six" shootout to set the top six grid positions, with Dixon claiming fourth on the starting grid for Saturday's 85-lap race, while St. Petersburg race winner Bourdais will start sixth.

Honda drivers also claimed all but one of the second-round qualifying positions.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan will all start eighth through 12th, respectively, in the 22-car field.

The fourth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, precursor to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, starts Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on ABC.

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 4th: "I think we unloaded fast and had a good start to the day with the NTT DATA car. The second practice didn't really allow us to lay down a good lap with the timing of the red flag at the end of the session. I'm pretty happy with the car, but some of the other guys are going to be hard to beat. I think it will be an interesting race, and anything can happen here."

INDYCAR Grand Prix
Circuit:       Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.439-mile road course) Indianapolis, IN
2016 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 108.784 mph average
Weather:     Sunny, mild, 71 degrees F


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.7044

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:08.1169

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:08.1622

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.2454

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  5.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:08.2478

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:08.3973

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:08.4461

2nd Round Qualifying

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.5735

2nd Round Qualifying

  9.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:08.5824

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.8668

2nd Round Qualifying

11.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.9151

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.9853

2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda Results


13.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:09.0025

1st Round, Group 1

14.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.6675

1st Round, Group 2

17.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:09.1777

1st Round, Group 1

19.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:09.1796

1st Round, Group 1

20.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:09.0985

1st Round, Group 2

22.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:09.3134

1st Round, Group 2

 

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