Dixon, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifiers at Road America

6/24/2017 10:04:00 PM

  • Championship leader Scott Dixon qualifies fifth for Kohler Grand Prix
  • Two-race winner Graham Rahal will start sixth
  • Honda teams and drivers claim eight of top 12 starting positions

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Scott Dixon led the way for Honda Saturday at Road America, advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying to fifth on the starting grid for Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix.  Graham Rahal also advanced to the top six, his third consecutive Fast Six appearance of 2017.

Dixon, who has qualified eighth or better in all 10 races this season, currently leads the drivers' championship with 326 points, to 313 for defending series champion Simon Pagneaud in second.  Eight Honda drivers advanced out of first-round qualifying to complete the top 12 starting positions.

Sunday's 55-lap, 220-mile race, the 10th round of the 2017 season, begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "It was [a] decent [qualifying run]. I think we struggled with balance yesterday, then we made some big changes overnight and definitely got better.  Our car has been pretty good today in practice and qualifying. Overall, we're pretty happy. We know the deficit [to the fastest qualifiers] we're dealing with; it is what it is. We'll try and do our best tomorrow."

Graham Rahal (Rahal Lettterman Lanigan Racing Honda):"We got all of it. I think [the gap to the pole] is more of a handling thing than straight-line speed.  Hopefully, tomorrow we can have a good race. We strategically did not use the [optional, softer-compound] 'reds' [tires] in round three, because I didn't want to. I wanted to be pretty race-minded. I wanted to put myself in the best spot possible for tomorrow.  We'll see how it goes. Go out there and take the challenge to them, as will Dixie, and see what happens."

Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix
Circuit:               Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.
2016 Winner:    Will Power (Team Penske) 121.426 mph average
Weather:           Partly cloudy, mild, windy, 58 degrees F

Top-12 Qualifying Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:41.3007

 

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:41.3611

+0.0604 seconds

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:41.6608

Fast Six final qualifying

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:42.0385

Fast Six final qualifying

  5.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:42.9308

Fast Six final qualifying

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:45.0464

Fast Six final qualifying

  7.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:42.5566

Second round qualifying

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:42.8614

Second round qualifying

  9.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:43.2105

Second round qualifying

10.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:43.3221

Second round qualifying

11.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:43.7959

Second round qualifying

12.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.9786

Second round qualifying

Other Honda Results


15.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:43.0171

First round, Group 1

16.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:42.9077

First round, Group 2

17.

Esteban Gutierriez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:43.1652

First round, Group 1

19.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:43.8891

First round, Group 1

20.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.4111

First round, Group 2

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