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Honda Indy 200 Qualifying Report

Circuit: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, OH
2015 Winner:   Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) 105.720 mph average
Weather:  Partly cloudy, humid, light rain in final qualifying, 80 degrees F

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:03.8700

New Track Record

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:03.9381

Fast 6 Shootout

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:04.1200

Fast 6 Shootout

  4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:04.3265

Fast 6 Shootout

  5.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:04.3622

Fast 6 Shootout

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:04.4697

Fast 6 Shootout

  7.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.4300

2nd Round Qualifier

  8.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.5141

2nd Round Qualifier

  9.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:04.5796

2nd Round Qualifier

10.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:04.6084

2nd Round Qualifier

11.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:04.6554

2nd Round Qualifier

12.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:04.8082

2nd Round Qualifier

Other Honda Results

15.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:04.8621

1st Round, Group 1

17.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:05.0196

1st Round, Group 1

18.

RC Enerson-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:04.6576

1st Round, Group 2

20.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:04.8354

1st Round, Group 2

21.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:05.1997

1st Round, Group 1

22.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:05.1098

1st Round, Group 2

Hunter-Reay Heads Honda Qualifiers at Mid-Ohio

  • Will start fourth in Honda Indy 200
  • Graham Rahal continues run of top-six road course qualifying efforts
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates Hinchcliffe, Aleshin round out top-10

Always a contender at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Honda Saturday in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy 200, and will start from the outside of the second row, fourth, in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Defending race winner Graham Rahal also advanced to the third and final qualifying round Saturday at Mid-Ohio, and will start sixth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, his third "Fast Six" final effort in four natural road course events in 2016.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin just missed advancing to the final qualifying round, and will start 9th and 10th, respectively; while Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi was the fastest rookie in the field and will line up 12th on Sunday for Andretti Autosport.

Sunday's 90-lap race starts at 2 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on CNBC.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) qualified fourth:  "We had to work for it today. That was tough — to get that lap time out of the car. The engineering department did a great job making the right changes overnight. We found grip. That's what it's all about; we've been looking for it. It was rewarding today to be in the [Firestone] Fast Six [final qualifying round] and then actually compete for that front row. It's going to be a long race tomorrow, but this is where we need to be. We've had a pole here before, we've been on the podium here a few times and this is one of our better tracks. Smiles here right now, but it's back to work tomorrow."

 

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