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Default Honda Racing: Dixon Leads Honda Qualifying Effort at Barber Motorsports Park

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  • Scott Dixon qualifies 4th, third consecutive top-four qualifying performance of 2017

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe also advance to "Fast Six" final qualifying

  • Honda drivers claim eight of the top 11 starting positions


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Scott Dixon led the way for Honda in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, and will start on the outside of the second row, fourth, in Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  It is Dixon's third consecutive top-four qualifying run of the 2017 season, after the Chip Ganassi Racing driver started second at the first two races of the season, in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Long Beach, California.


Two-time Barber winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe both also advanced to the final round of "knockout" qualifying Saturday, with Hunter-Reay qualifying fifth for Andretti Autosport and Long Beach race winner Hinchcliffe rounding out the top six for Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. 


Eight Honda drivers from four different teams advanced from first-round qualifying to secure starting positions in the top 12 for Sunday's race, including Mikhail Aleshin in the second Schmidt-Peterson Honda; Ganassi Racing teammates Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan; and the Dale Coyne Racing duo of rookie Ed Jones and St. Petersburg race winner Sebastien Bourdais.


Sunday's 90-lap Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 4th: "Honda has done a great job making improvements in the off-season, and we struggled a bit in qualifying to get all that [additional] power to the ground!  We have a very good NTT DATA Honda. The Penske cars [starting 1-2-3] are pretty fast, but we kept up pretty well, given the rise in temperature today. Tomorrow is supposed to be much cooler, and I feel our car will respond to that better than the temps we saw today. I'm happy with our starting spot and hope we have something to get to the front here at Barber Sunday."


Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Circuit:  Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, Ala.
2016 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 114.254 mph average
Weather: Mostly cloudy, warm, 81 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results:














































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:06.9614



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  2.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:07.1429



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  3.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:07.3817



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  4.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:07.5817



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  5.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:07.6851



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  6.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:07.8710



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  7.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:07.5941



2nd Round Qualifying



  8.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:07.9467



2nd Round Qualifying



  9.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:07.9788



 2nd Round Qualifying



10.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:08.0305



 2nd Round Qualifying


11. Ed Jones-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:08.2034  2nd Round Qualifying
12. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:08.2726  2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda Results














































13.

Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:07.5405



 1st Round, Group 1



14.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:07.6928



 1st Round, Group 2



15.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:07.7033



 1st Round, Group 1



18.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:07.7483



 1st Round, Group 2



21.



Graham Rahal


Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda



1:08.0499



 1st Round, Group 2



 


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