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Default Honda Racing: Dixon, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifiers at Road America

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  • Championship leader Scott Dixon qualifies fifth for Kohler Grand Prix

  • Two-race winner Graham Rahal will start sixth

  • Honda teams and drivers claim eight of top 12 starting positions


ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Scott Dixon led the way for Honda Saturday at Road America, advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying to fifth on the starting grid for Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix.  Graham Rahal also advanced to the top six, his third consecutive Fast Six appearance of 2017.


Dixon, who has qualified eighth or better in all 10 races this season, currently leads the drivers' championship with 326 points, to 313 for defending series champion Simon Pagneaud in second.  Eight Honda drivers advanced out of first-round qualifying to complete the top 12 starting positions.


Sunday's 55-lap, 220-mile race, the 10th round of the 2017 season, begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "It was [a] decent [qualifying run]. I think we struggled with balance yesterday, then we made some big changes overnight and definitely got better.  Our car has been pretty good today in practice and qualifying. Overall, we're pretty happy. We know the deficit [to the fastest qualifiers] we're dealing with; it is what it is. We'll try and do our best tomorrow."


Graham Rahal (Rahal Lettterman Lanigan Racing Honda):"We got all of it. I think [the gap to the pole] is more of a handling thing than straight-line speed.  Hopefully, tomorrow we can have a good race. We strategically did not use the [optional, softer-compound] 'reds' [tires] in round three, because I didn't want to. I wanted to be pretty race-minded. I wanted to put myself in the best spot possible for tomorrow.  We'll see how it goes. Go out there and take the challenge to them, as will Dixie, and see what happens."


Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix
Circuit:               Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.
2016 Winner:    Will Power (Team Penske) 121.426 mph average
Weather:           Partly cloudy, mild, windy, 58 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results:














































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:41.3007



 



  2.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:41.3611



+0.0604 seconds



  3.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:41.6608



Fast Six final qualifying



  4.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:42.0385



Fast Six final qualifying



  5.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:42.9308



Fast Six final qualifying



  6.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:45.0464



Fast Six final qualifying



  7.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:42.5566



Second round qualifying



  8.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:42.8614



Second round qualifying



  9.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:43.2105



Second round qualifying



10.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:43.3221



Second round qualifying



11.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:43.7959



Second round qualifying



12.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:43.9786



Second round qualifying



Other Honda Results














































15.

Alexander Rossi



Andretti Herta Autosport



Honda



1:43.0171



First round, Group 1



16.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:42.9077



First round, Group 2



17.



Esteban Gutierriez-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:43.1652



First round, Group 1



19.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:43.8891



First round, Group 1



20.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:43.4111



First round, Group 2



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