IndyCar Series 2012
Schmidt Hamilton Racing’s Simon Pagenaud was the quickest of the 10 Honda-powered entries in qualifying action Saturday for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the opening round in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
Pagenaud posted the sixth-fastest time around the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street circuit during the three-round IndyCar knockout qualifying. But a precautionary engine change made after Friday’s practice sessions, and prior to the normal schedule of engine rotations, will result in a 10-place starting position penalty for Pagenaud.
Scott Dixon, defending race winner Dario Franchitti, 2008 race winner Graham Rahal and Mike Conway also posted top-12 qualifying results for Honda. The 100-lap Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, first in the 16-race 2012 season, starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.
|1||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|2||Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)|
|3||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|6||Simon Pagenaud-R (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)|
|7||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|8||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|9||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|10||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|11||Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|12||Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|15||Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|16||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|19||Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|20||James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|22||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|