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IndyCar Series 2012

Round 14: Baltimore

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Baltimore
U.S.A.
September 1, 2012

Conway, Dixon Shine in Baltimore Qualifying

Mike Conway and Scott Dixon led the Honda-powered field Saturday in IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, posting the second- and third-quickest times in the final-round Firestone “Fast Six” shootout.

Conway’s qualifying effort was his best of 2012, and equaled his IndyCar Series career-best qualifying at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama in 2010. But the A.J. Foyt Racing driver will have a 10-spot grid penalty assessed for an unapproved engine change between the Sonoma and Baltimore races, which will result in a 12th-place race start.

That will move Dixon, the third-fastest qualifier and one of the few remaining championship challengers to pole winner Will Power, to second on the starting grid. Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dario Franchitti, made it three Hondas in the top five qualifying positions; followed by Charlie Kimball, seventh, Justin Wilson in ninth and Bruno Junqueira, substituting for the injured Josef Newgarden, rounding out the top 10. IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Simon Pagenaud starts 12th.

Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Mike Conway (#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) 2nd quickest in qualifying, best qualifying performance of 2012:
“We went out this morning and the car’s balance was really good, so we didn’t really change anything for qualifying. We were just trying to find a little bit more on the last lap [going for the pole time] and went too much [hitting the wall on the chicane exit]. We’re happy to qualify second, but with the engine change, we will start 12th. It’s going to make our [race] day tomorrow a bit more challenging, so we will see where we stack up during the first few laps and then determine our strategy.”
IndyCar Series
Round 14: Baltimore
Rank Driver (Team)
1Will Power (Team Penske)
2Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)
3Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
4Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing)
5Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
6James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)
7Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)
8Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology w/ SH)
9Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
10Bruno Junqueira (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)
11Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)
12Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)
13Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
14Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)
15Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian)
16Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
17Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology)
18Oriol Servia (Lotus-DRR)
19Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
20Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)
21Simona de Silvestro (Lotus-HVM Racing)
22James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)
23Graham Rahal (Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing)
24E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)
25JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)

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