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Default Honda Racing: Sato Heads Honda Field in Iowa Qualifying

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  • Indianapolis 500 winner to start fifth in Sunday's race

  • Honda drivers claim six of top 10 starting positions

  • Second short-oval race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series


Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato led a string of Honda drivers in qualifying today for Sunday's Iowa Corn 300, posting the fifth-fastest speed, 182.653 mph, in his Andretti Autosport Honda.


Sato led a pack of Honda drivers qualifying from fifth through 10th on the 0.894-mile, high-banked Iowa oval, the shortest circuit on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.  Schmidt Peterson Motorsports's Mikhail Aleshin went sixth-fastest, at 182.454 mph, to complete the third row of the starting grid.  Row four includes Tony Kanaan, seventh, and rookie star Ed Jones, eighth.  James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal rounded out the top 10 for Honda.


Sunday night's 300-lap event, the second short-oval race of 2017, starts at 5 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport Honda) Indianapolis 500 winner, qualified 5th today in Iowa: "This is a good result for the #26 team. Qualifying had tricky conditions – [it was] a lot warmer than the practice earlier today – and my teammates who qualified before me had tough runs. We saw their data and tried to learn from [their qualifying runs] and make the most of ours. I think we really did a great job pulling things together - qualifying fifth is really good."


 


Iowa Corn 300


Circuit: Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, IA
2016 Winner: Josef Newgarden (Team Penske Honda) 144.330 mph average
Weather: Sunny, warm, 84 degrees F


Top-10 Qualifying Results:






























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Speed mph



Notes



  1.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



185.210



 



  2.



JR Hildebrand



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



183.811



 



  3.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



183.712



 



  4.



Ed Carpenter



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



183.503



 



  5.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



182.653



 



  6.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



182.454



 



  7.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



183.394



 



  8.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



182.290



 



  9.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



182.187



 



10.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



182.138



 



Other Honda Results





























































12.

Alexander Rossi



Andretti Herta Autosport



Honda



181.137



 



13.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



180.927



 



14.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



180.863



 



15.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



180.712



 



17.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



180.302



 



18.



Esteban Gutierriez-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



179.389



 



20.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



171.710



 



 


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