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IndyCar Series 2012

Round 05: Indy500

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May 19, 2012

Rookie Newgarden Leads Honda Indy 500 Qualifying

Josef Newgarden continued his impressive rookie run Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, qualifying seventh for Honda-powered Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in his first Indianapolis 500. After heading the time sheets during three of the seven practice days leading up to today’s Pole Day qualifying, Newgarden was the fastest of 12 Honda-powered qualifiers for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)zoom
Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)
Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)zoom
Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)

Sharing the third row with Newgarden will be the KV Racing Technology entries of veterans Tony Kanaan and E.J. Viso. Both Kanaan and Viso made the “Fast Nine” with their opening segment qualifying runs, but elected not to take part in the final pole shootout. As a result, they were placed eighth and ninth, respectively, based on their first segment qualifying speeds.

Alex Tagliani, pole qualifier for last year’s “500,” was the second-fastest Honda qualifier today and will start 11th for Bryan Herta Autosport, just ahead of the Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Graham Rahal, who will start on the outside of the fourth row, 12th. The fifth row of the starting grid will include Charlie Kimball, in the middle of the row, 14th, with Scott Dixon on the outside in 15th.

Qualifying concludes Sunday with the traditional “Bump Day” qualifying to complete the 33-car field. Only three Honda-powered entries have yet to qualify: the A.J. Foyt Racing entries of Mike Conway and Wade Cunningham, who were both bumped from the top-24 qualifiers today; and the Sarah Fisher Hartman entry of rookie Bryan Clauson, who crashed without injury during his first qualifying attempt.

Continuous television coverage of final qualifying, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT, will be provided by the NBC Sports Network.

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)zoom
Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)zoom
Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) qualified 7th for his first Indianapolis 500:
“Yeah, I’m happy. Our goal today was to make the ‘Fast Nine’ and that’s exactly what we achieved. Once we did that, there was no reason to risk the car any futher [with additional qualifying runs] especially in light of what happened to [teammate] Bryan [Clauson] in the other car. We have a great starting position for the race, and I’ve got to thank the team, who’ve done a fabulous job this whole week.”
IndyCar Series
Round 05: Indy500
Rank Driver (Team)
1Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)
2James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)
3Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
4Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)
5Will Power (Team Penske)
6Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
7Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)
8Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)
9E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)
10Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology)
11Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)
12Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)
13Ana Beatriz (Andretti Autosport)
14Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)
15Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)
16Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)
17James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)
18JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)
19Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
20Townsend Bell (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)
21Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
22Michel Jourdain (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
23Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)
24Sebastien Saavedra (Andretti Autosport)

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