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IndyCar Series 2017

Round 17: Sonoma

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September 16, 2017

Sato, Dixon Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Sonoma

•Takuma Sato to start season-ending race from fifth
•Scott Dixon, seeking his fifth IndyCar Series drivers’ championship, will start sixth
•Title to be decided in Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif., September 16, 2017 – Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Honda’s leading contender for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship – Scott Dixon – led the way for the manufacturer today in qualifying action in advance of Sunday’s season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

While eight Honda drivers advanced through the first round of knock-out qualifying Saturday at the 2.385-mile Sonoma Raceway circuit, only Sato and Dixon advanced to the final, “Fast Six’ shootout for the coveted pole. Sato’s best lap of 1:16.2208 netted him fifth in the 22-car starting field, while Dixon ended the session sixth.

Pole qualifier Josef Newgarden is Dixon’s primary rival for the 2017 drivers’ championship, but both Helio Castroneves, third; and defending series champion Simon Pagenaud, fourth, are just behind Dixon in the points standings heading into tomorrow’s season finale. Live television coverage of Sunday’s 85-lap championship-deciding event starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 6th
“I think the air temperature change might have thrown us off a bit. The NTT DATA car was good this morning, but then we just didn’t have the grip [in qualifying]. We were lucky to find a few things and scrape through the qualifying rounds. I actually made a big mistake in Turn 3 that cost us some time, but I don’t think it would have put us close to the top, maybe just up one more position. I think we’re the ‘best of the rest’ today, but the race is tomorrow and there is a lot that can happen between the start and the checkered flag. I’m looking forward to it.”

IndyCar Series 2017
Round 17: Sonoma

Rank Driver (Team)
1Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)
2Will Power (Team Penske)
3Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
4Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)
5Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)
6Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
7Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
8Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)
9Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
10Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)
11Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)
12Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)
14Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)
15Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)
16James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
18Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)
19Jack Harvey (Michael Shank-Andretti)
21 Zachary Claman DeMelo (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

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