IndyCar Series 2012
After missing one race due to injury, IZOD IndyCar Series rookie Josef Newgarden led the Hondapowered field Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, posting the fourth-fastest speed in qualifying for Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV 500.
Newgarden’s qualifying run was his best of 2012, and comes after breaking a finger in a crash with Sebastien Bourdais at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma, California, last month. As a result of the injury, Newgarden missed the Grand Prix of Baltimore two weeks ago, but was cleared to drive his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara earlier this week.
Scott Dixon and Alex Tagliani qualified just behind Newgarden, in fifth and sixth, respectively; while Graham Rahal qualified 11th in his Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara. Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV 500 starts at 5:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
|1||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|2||Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)|
|3||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|4||Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|5||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|6||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing)|
|7||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology w/ SH)|
|8||JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)|
|9||Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|10||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|11||Graham Rahal (Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|12||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|15||Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)|
|16||Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|19||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|20||Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|23||Wade Cunningham-R (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|24||James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|25||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|