IndyCar Series 2013
Veteran Canadian Indy car driver Alex Tagliani led the Honda effort in “Pole Day” qualifying Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start 11th in next weekend’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. Tagliani’s four-lap average of 227.386 mph was almost a full mile per hour faster than the 2012 pole speed of 226.484 mph, set by Ryan Briscoe, yet still missed the making the final “Top Nine Shootout” by just one-tenth of a mile per hour.
Nine Honda-powered drivers made successful qualifying runs today around the historic 2.5-mile oval, with Justin Wilson qualifying 14th to lead the three-car Dale Coyne Racing effort. Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti will start 16th and 17th, respectively. In 2012, Franchitti went on to win his third “500” after starting 16th.
IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Takuma Sato will start 18th for Honda and A.J. Foyt Racing, followed by Charlie Kimball in the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 19th. After being knocked out of the field – the first 24 positions of the 33-driver grid were set in today’s qualifying runs – James Jakes dramatically “bumped” his way back into the field in the final minutes of qualifying, and will start 20th in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.
Simon Pagenaud, making his second “500” start for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, qualified 21st, while 2012 pole qualifier Briscoe rounded out the first-day qualifiers for Honda, and will start 23rd in his NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
Action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues tomorrow with a morning practice session, followed by final “Bump Day” qualifying to set the final nine starting positions for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. Television coverage, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT, will be provided by the NBC Sports Network.
|1||Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|2||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|3||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||AJ Allmendinger (Team Penske)|
|6||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|7||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|8||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|9||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|10||JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)|
|11||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta)|
|14||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|17||Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|18||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|19||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|20||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|21||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)|
|23||Ryan Briscoe (Chip Ganassi Racing)|