Honda Racing Report – Friday, May 29, 2015

Honda Racing Report – Friday, May 29, 2015


Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans

Circuit:                        Detroit Belle Isle Park (2.35-mile temporary street circuit), Detroit, MI

2014 Winners: Race 1 Will Power (Team Penske) 90.138 mph average

Race 2 Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) 93.211 mph average

Weather:         Mostly sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps. Driver     Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
  1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 1:16.0941 111.178 mph average
  2. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 1:16.1200 +0.0259
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 1:16.4428 Fast Six Shootout
  4. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing    Honda 1:16.5363 Fast Six Shootout
  5. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 1:16.6656 Fast Six Shootout
  6. Sebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 1:17.0406 Fast Six Shootout
  7. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:16.9768 Second Round
  8. Stefano Coletti-R KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 1:17.3638 Second Round
  9. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 1:17.3785 Second Round
10. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:17.5158 Second Round
11. Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:17.8140 Second Round
12. Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:17.9046 Second Round

Other Honda-powered Results:

13. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 1:18.2239 First Round, Group 1
14. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:18.7504 First Round, Group 2
16. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 1:19.3634 First Round, Group 2
20. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 1:21.4796 First Round, Group 2
21. Conor Daly-R Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:18.4937 First Round, Group 1
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:21.8208 First Round, Group 2
23. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 1:19.2306 First Round, Group 1


Sato Qualifies Fourth for Detroit Dual 1

  • Double header weekend features Indy car races Saturday and Sunday
  • Marco Andretti, James Jakes post top-10 qualifying runs
  • Tristan Vautier returns with Dale Coyne Racing, qualifies 11th

Takuma Sato led the Honda effort Friday at Belle Isle Park, qualifying fourth for Saturday’s first race of the Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans, a Verizon IndyCar Series double header race weekend on the temporary street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.

The pole qualifier for the Sunday race at Belle Isle in 2014, Sato was one of four Honda drivers to advance beyond the first round of Indy car “knockout” qualifying, with second-round qualifiers Marco Andretti, ninth, and James Jakes, 10th.  Tristan Vautier, the 2103 Indy Car Series Rookie of the Year, qualified his Honda 11th in his second event with Dale Coyne Racing.

Activities continue Saturday in Detroit with the first of this weekend’s 70-lap Verizon IndyCar Series races.  The seventh and eighth rounds of the 16-race 2015 season start at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with live television coverage of both races on ABC.

Takuma Sato (#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) on qualifying:  “It was a solid qualifying run. Obviously, it’s nice to be back in the top six [final round qualifiers].  We were in the Fast Six earlier this year at St. Petersburg as well.  The car was pretty good, especially in the first round.  Honda and HPD have put a lot of work into making our car quicker, and I think our race preparation also is very good.  I’m looking forward to the first race on Saturday.”