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IndyCar Series 2012

Round 02: Alabama

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March 31, 2012

Dixon, Conway Lead Honda Qualifying at Barber

Fresh off a second-place finish at last weekend's season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon places third Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park to lead the Honda effort in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

Mike Conway made the second row of the starting field an all-Honda affair, as he hustled his A.J. Foyt Racing machine around the challenging 2.3-mile Barber circuit to post the fourth-quickest time in the final round of IndyCar "knockout" qualifying. Conway's achievement marked the first "Fast Six" IndyCar qualifying appearance for the Foyt team since 2007.

A late red flag during the second qualifying round, due to a spin by Ryan Hunter-Reay, prevented Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud from advancing to the final round, and they will start eighth and tenth, respectively. Sunday's 90-lap Honda Grand Prix of Alabama is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 3rd, equals his best previous IndyCar qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park; finished 2nd last week at the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
"Qualifying today was a bit of an unknown for us. Due to the weather, we had very little running yesterday; and did not run very quickly when we were on track. Plus, last week there was a big difference between the [standard] black tires and the [option] reds, and we didn't know if that would hold true again today. All-in-all, this was a great performance from the team, especially considering where we started here on Friday. I'm looking forward to Sunday's race."
IndyCar Series
Round 02: Alabama
Rank Driver (Team)
1Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
2James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)
3Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)
4Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)
5JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)
6Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)
7E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)
8Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)
9Will Power (Team Penske)
10Simon Pagenaud-R (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)
11Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
12Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)
15Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)
16Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
18Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)
19Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
20James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)
22Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)

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