Front-row start for Scott Dixon, Honda at Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying Report

4/9/2017 12:58:00 AM

  • Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay lead Honda qualifying attack in Long Beach
  • Four Honda teams, five drivers reach "Firestone Fast Six" final qualifying round
  • James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal complete top six in qualifying

As at last month's season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida, Scott Dixon again led the way for Honda Saturday in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Again as in St. Petersburg, Dixon will start on the outside of the front row, second, for Chip Ganassi Racing as Honda placed five drivers, from four different teams, in final round "Firestone Fast Six" qualifying.

Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi made the final round of Indy car knockout qualifying for the second consecutive race and will start third and fifth, respectively.  They will be split on the grid by the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Hinchcliffe, who will start fourth.  Graham Rahal rounded out the top six in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

Sunday's 80-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "Yeah, bit of a bummer [missing the pole] there, but congrats to Helio [Castroneves]. I think he put together a hell of a lap. The NTT DATA car actually had a lot more grip than I expected and kind of caught me off guard, I think. I tried to go beyond it a couple of times and just made too many mistakes on the qualifying run. We struggled a little bit this weekend on the red [softer compound] tires just with straight-out speed. Unfortunately, I think we are going to be running a lot of reds tomorrow, but that's the way it will work out. But I'm definitely confident in the fact we have a great race car here, all four Ganassi cars have been strong this weekend and we will see how it plays out." 

Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Circuit:   Long Beach Convention Center (1.968-mile street circuit) Long Beach, CA
2015 Winner:   Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 100.592 mph average
Weather: Sunny, mild, 65 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.2254

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:06.4123

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.4401

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  4.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:06.5291

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  5.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:06.5595

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:06.7562

Fast Six Final Qualifying

  7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:06.5404

2nd Round Qualifying

  8.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.6074

2nd Round Qualifying

  9.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.6145

2nd Round Qualifying

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.6222

2nd Round Qualifying

11.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:06.6262

2nd Round Qualifying

12.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:06.7853

2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda Results


13.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:07.5832

First Round, Group 1

16.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.3893

First Round, Group 2

18.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport 

Honda

1:07.4699

First Round, Group 2

20.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing             

Honda

1:07.5333

First Round, Group 2

 

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