Sato Leads Honda Qualifiers at Gateway

8/26/2017 2:17:00 AM

  • Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will start sixth in final oval race of 2017
  • Championship contender Scott Dixon starts seventh
  • Saturday night contest starts at 9 p.m. EDT

Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato led Honda qualifiers Friday as the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park, and will start Saturday night's final oval race of the season from sixth. 

Scott Dixon, currently second in the Drivers' Championship and in search of his second victory of the season, will start his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda from seventh.  Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe, driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, rounded out the top 10 qualifiers for Honda and will start ninth and 10th, respectively.

Television coverage of Saturday night's 248-lap race, the final oval event of 2017, starts at 9 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.

Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport Honda) Indianapolis 500 winner, qualified sixth today: "This is a high-commitment racetrack.  In terms of top speed, here is a lot slower than at Pocono [where the series raced last week], of course, but in terms of commitment it really helps the driver at the same time. The track got better and better as the sun set and it cooled, but I think we should be happy under the circumstances with sixth and being the top Honda."

Bommarito Automotive Group 500K
Circuit: Gateway Motorsports Park  (1.25-mile oval) Madison, IL
2016 Winner: N/A first Indy car race here since 2003
Weather: Sunny, warm, 80 degrees F

Top-10 Qualifying Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed mph

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

189.642

 

  2.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

188.316

 

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

187.457

 

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

186.747

 

  5.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

184.528

 

  6.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

184.186

  7.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

183.848

  8.

Carlos Munoz

A.J. Foyt Racing

Chevrolet

183.620

 

  9.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

183.578

10.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

183.528

Other Honda Results


12.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

182.900

13.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

182.830

14.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

182.529

16.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

182.271

17.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

182.195

18.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

182.137

19.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

181.846

20.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

181.191

21.

Sebastian Saavedra

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

177.700