Hunter-Reay To Start Third for Honda in Iowa

7/7/2018 11:04:00 PM

  • Three-time Iowa race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Honda qualifying effort
  • Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon complete third row of starting grid
  • Honda drivers claim six of top 10 qualifying spots

NEWTON, Iowa – Already a three-time winner at Iowa Speedway, Ryan Hunter-Reay led the Honda field in qualifying today for Sunday's Iowa Corn 300.  Hunter-Reay will start on the inside of the second row, third, as the Andretti Autosport driver seeks to add another Verizon IndyCar Series trophy to the wins he scored in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Hunter-Reay's teammate, Alexander Rossi, qualified fifth for what will be his third race start at the Iowa Speedway short oval, while Drivers' Championship points leader, Scott Dixon, will line up sixth.  Dixon currently holds a 393-348 edge over fellow Honda drivers Hunter-Reay and Rossi in the battle for the drivers' title, after 10 of 17 races.

In his first visit to the 0.894-mile Iowa oval, Robert Wickens will start seventh for Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, with Ed Jones eighth in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.  Takuma Sato rounds out the top 10 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Honda.

Sunday's 300-lap race, the second short-oval race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, starts at 2 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) Qualified 3rd: "We just missed [the setup for qualifying] a little bit, but a good job by the team. The car was decent. We got a little bit light [on downforce] overall.  I couldn't commit to full throttle leaving the corner, [there was] just a bit too much understeer. It's unfortunate to not be on pole, but when we miss it and we are still starting third, it's not too bad. Tomorrow is where all the points are paid, and I think we can get the DHL team a fourth Iowa Corn 300 win."

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Championship points leader, Qualified 6th: "I think last year we qualified around 17th or 18th here, so I'm much happier this time around. We didn't get to test here like several of the other teams, so we were kind of the ‘best of the rest' who didn't test here, in the PNC Bank car today. But it's not bad at all. We have a really good race car and that's pretty much what we worked on this morning, and what we'll focus in on again for tonight [in final practice]."

Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300
Circuit:              Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, Iowa
2017 Winner:    Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) 139.172 mph average
Weather:           Sunny, warm, 79 degrees F

Top-10 Qualifying Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed mph

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

182.391

 

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

181.160

 

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

180.681

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

180.313

 

  5.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

179.801

  6.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

179.526

  7.

Robert Wickens-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

178.883

  8.

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing             

Honda

178.720

  9.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

178.717

 

10.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

178.708

Other Honda Results


11.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

178.478

12.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

178.410

14.

Zach Veach-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda

177.809

15.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan      

Honda

177.681

19.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

174.548

20.

Zachary Claman De Melo-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

174.339

 

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