Sato, Rahal Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Mid-Ohio

7/29/2017 9:32:00 PM

  • Takuma Sato to start Honda Indy 200 from third
  • Hometown favorite Graham Rahal to line up fourth
  • Five-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon qualifies sixth.

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Ohio native son Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Saturday in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

After advancing to final-round qualifying, Sato will start third and Rahal, seeking his second Mid-Ohio victory in the last three years, will start fourth. Scott Dixon, who has won a series-high five times at Mid-Ohio, will start his Honda from sixth on the grid for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Long Beach race winner James Hinchcliffe continued his string of strong qualifying performances today, and will start from eighth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified ninth and 10th, respectively. 

Making his first appearance at the challenging Mid-Ohio circuit, Esteban Gutierrez advanced to the second qualifying round and will start his Honda 12th for Dale Coyne Racing. Live television coverage of Sunday's 90-lap Honda Indy 200 starts at 3 p.m. EDT, on CNBC.

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) qualified 4th: "To have the Steak 'n Shake Honda fourth in qualifying is special, but we would have liked to be on pole. I messed up on my best lap in [final round qualifying] and we lost a lot [of time] on the very start of the final lap. I don't know if we had enough [for pole], but we were definitely better than fourth, so I'm a little disappointed. It's great for our team and program to be up front once again. We've got a good starting spot, and hopefully can battle from there."

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200
Circuit: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course), Lexington, Ohio
2016 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 110.853 mph average
Weather: Sunny, mild, breezy, 77 degrees F

Top-12 Qualifying Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.1720

126.672 mph average

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.3067

+0.1347 seconds

  3.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:04.6792

Fast Six final qualifying

  4.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:04.7959

Fast Six final qualifying

  5.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.8485

Fast Six final qualifying

  6.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:05.1927

Fast Six final qualifying

  7.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.3008

2nd Round qualifying

  8.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:04.3784

2nd Round qualifying

  9.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:04.4906

2nd Round qualifying

10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:04.4928

2nd Round qualifying

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.8745

2nd Round qualifying

12.

Esteban Gutierriez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:05.0368

2nd Round qualifying

Other Honda Results


13.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:04.9930

1st Round, Group 1

14.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:04.5929

1st Round, Group 2

15.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne
Racing                

Honda

1:05.0337

1st Round, Group 1

17.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:05.3200

1st Round, Group 1

18.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:04.8603

1st Round, Group 2

21.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:05.2441

1st Round, Group 2

 

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