Sato Heads Honda Field in Iowa Qualifying

7/8/2017 11:12:00 PM

  • Indianapolis 500 winner to start fifth in Sunday's race
  • Honda drivers claim six of top 10 starting positions
  • Second short-oval race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series

Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato led a string of Honda drivers in qualifying today for Sunday's Iowa Corn 300, posting the fifth-fastest speed, 182.653 mph, in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Sato led a pack of Honda drivers qualifying from fifth through 10th on the 0.894-mile, high-banked Iowa oval, the shortest circuit on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.  Schmidt Peterson Motorsports's Mikhail Aleshin went sixth-fastest, at 182.454 mph, to complete the third row of the starting grid.  Row four includes Tony Kanaan, seventh, and rookie star Ed Jones, eighth.  James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal rounded out the top 10 for Honda.

Sunday night's 300-lap event, the second short-oval race of 2017, starts at 5 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport Honda) Indianapolis 500 winner, qualified 5th today in Iowa: "This is a good result for the #26 team. Qualifying had tricky conditions – [it was] a lot warmer than the practice earlier today – and my teammates who qualified before me had tough runs. We saw their data and tried to learn from [their qualifying runs] and make the most of ours. I think we really did a great job pulling things together - qualifying fifth is really good."

 

Iowa Corn 300

Circuit: Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, IA
2016 Winner: Josef Newgarden (Team Penske Honda) 144.330 mph average
Weather: Sunny, warm, 84 degrees F

Top-10 Qualifying Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed mph

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

185.210

 

  2.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

183.811

 

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

183.712

 

  4.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

183.503

 

  5.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

182.653

 

  6.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

182.454

 

  7.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

183.394

 

  8.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

182.290

 

  9.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

182.187

 

10.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

182.138

 

Other Honda Results

12.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

181.137

 

13.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

180.927

 

14.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

180.863

 

15.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

180.712

 

17.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

180.302

 

18.

Esteban Gutierriez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

179.389

 

20.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

171.710

 

 

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