Honda Racing Report Friday, June 14, 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest

Story posted - Jun 15 2013 12:52 AM

Honda Racing Report Friday, June 14, 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest

Qualifying Report Circuit: The Milwaukee Mile (1.0 -mile oval) West Allis, Wis.
2012 Winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Chevrolet) 122.020 mph average Weather: Sunny, warm, 75 degrees F

Top 10 Qualifying Results: Ps. Driver Team Engine – Chassis Speed Notes
1 . Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 170.515 mph
2 . James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 170.418
3 . Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 170.212
4 . Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 170.100
5 . E.J. Viso Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet Dallara 169.828
6 . Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara 169.732
7 . Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 169.482
8 . Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara 169.462
9 . Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda Dallara 169.311
10 . Tristan Vautier Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara 169.215

Other Honda-powered Results:
11 . Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 168.820
12 . James Jakes Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 168.470
13 . Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 168.141
15 . Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 168.023
16 . Alex Tagliani Barracuda Racing /BHA Honda Dallara 167.512
17 . Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 167.263
20 . Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 165.364
22 . Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 164.124
23 . Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 163.230

Newgarden Leads Honda Qualifying in Milwaukee
Despite a slight gearing problem that cost him speed on the second of his two timed laps, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing's Josef Newgarden led the Honda IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying effort Friday at The Milwaukee Mile and will start from the eighth position in Saturday's Milwaukee IndyFest.

Other Honda-powered drivers had various issues that hindered their qualifying efforts. Takuma Sato's first lap was quick enough to contend for the pole, but he slid wide in Turn Three on his second lap and was fortunate not to brush the wall, dropping him down the order. He will start the ABC Building Supply A.J. F oyt Racing Honda Dallara from 15 th. James Jakes was another driver to have a "moment" early in his qualifying run, but recovered to qualify 12th.

Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammates Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier also had gearing issues that saw them hitting the rev limiter during their runs, but qualified 9 th and 10 th, respectively. Several drivers battled poor handling during their runs, including Dario Franchitti and Graham Rahal.

Saturday's 250 -lap race, the third oval race of 2013, starts at 3:30 p.m. with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara) qualified 8 th, his second consecutive top -eight qualifying result of 2013: "I think we could've run a little bit better. We hit the 'hard limiter' [limiting maximum engine rpms] in Turn One and that really drags you down. But we've got a really good handling car for tomorrow, and that's when it counts. We tuned it and made it better from our starting package, which was already good. So we should be really strong for the race."

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