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IndyCar Series 2013

Round 02: Alabama

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April 6, 2013

Vautier Vaults to Third in Qualifying at Barber

Rookie Tristan Vautier, a last-minute addition to the “Fast Six” qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, led the Honda-powered field in the final round of knockout qualifying and will start third in Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

Driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Vautier led his group in the first round of qualifying, but finished seventh in the second round, just missing advancing to the final group of six. However, fellow Honda driver Takuma Sato, originally listed as four fastest in the second round, had his best lap removed as a penalty for blocking another competitor, dropping Sato’s A.J. Foyt Racing Honda to 12th on the starting grid and moving Vautier into the final round in his place.

Vautier’s best lap of 1:07.3616 edged the Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Scott Dixon for third, on a record-setting day when every driver in the 26-car field bettered the existing track record. Charlie Kimball joined Vautier and Dixon in the “Fast Six” and will start a career-best fifth in his Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Sunday’s 90-lap Honda Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Tristan Vautier (Driver, #55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara) will start third in Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama:
"It was cool. I was very upset with myself after [finishing seventh in] the second round of qualifying. I was upset and looking at the time board. Right before the ‘Fast Six’ started, I was looking at it and it changed! I said, ‘guys, I see my car is in the top six, maybe we should bring it back to pit lane!’ I have to give it to the guys. They brought the car back at the last minute and got it ready after the session started. I just tried to push very hard, so it was a lot of fun, honestly. It was so cool because the cars have so much grip. You can really push hard and give it all.”
IndyCar Series
Round 02: Alabama
Rank Driver (Team)
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay(Andretti Autosport)
2 Will Power(Team Penske)
3 Tristan Vautier(Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
4 Scott Dixon(Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
5 Charlie Kimball(Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)
6 Helio Castroneves(Team Penske)
7 Marco Andretti(Andretti Autosport)
8 Justin Wilson(Dale Coyne Racing)
9 Sebastian Saavedra(Dragon Racing)
10 A.J. Allmendinger(Team Penske)
11 James Jakes(Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
12 Takuma Sato(A.J. Foyt Racing)
13 Simon Pagenaud(Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)
15 Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta)
17 Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
21 Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
22 Josef Newgarden(Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)
25 Ana Beatriz (Dale Coyne Racing)

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