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Default Honda Racing: Sato, Rahal Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Mid-Ohio

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  • Takuma Sato to start Honda Indy 200 from third

  • Hometown favorite Graham Rahal to line up fourth

  • Five-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon qualifies sixth.


Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Ohio native son Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Saturday in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 


After advancing to final-round qualifying, Sato will start third and Rahal, seeking his second Mid-Ohio victory in the last three years, will start fourth. Scott Dixon, who has won a series-high five times at Mid-Ohio, will start his Honda from sixth on the grid for Chip Ganassi Racing.


Long Beach race winner James Hinchcliffe continued his string of strong qualifying performances today, and will start from eighth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified ninth and 10th, respectively. 


Making his first appearance at the challenging Mid-Ohio circuit, Esteban Gutierrez advanced to the second qualifying round and will start his Honda 12th for Dale Coyne Racing. Live television coverage of Sunday's 90-lap Honda Indy 200 starts at 3 p.m. EDT, on CNBC.


Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) qualified 4th: "To have the Steak 'n Shake Honda fourth in qualifying is special, but we would have liked to be on pole. I messed up on my best lap in [final round qualifying] and we lost a lot [of time] on the very start of the final lap. I don't know if we had enough [for pole], but we were definitely better than fourth, so I'm a little disappointed. It's great for our team and program to be up front once again. We've got a good starting spot, and hopefully can battle from there."


Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200
Circuit: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course), Lexington, Ohio
2016 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 110.853 mph average
Weather: Sunny, mild, breezy, 77 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results:














































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:04.1720



126.672 mph average



  2.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:04.3067



+0.1347 seconds



  3.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:04.6792



Fast Six final qualifying



  4.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:04.7959



Fast Six final qualifying



  5.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:04.8485



Fast Six final qualifying



  6.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:05.1927



Fast Six final qualifying



  7.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:04.3008



2nd Round qualifying



  8.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:04.3784



2nd Round qualifying



  9.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Herta Autosport



Honda



1:04.4906



2nd Round qualifying



10.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:04.4928



2nd Round qualifying



  1.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:04.8745



2nd Round qualifying



12.



Esteban Gutierriez-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:05.0368



2nd Round qualifying



Other Honda Results






















































13.

Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:04.9930



1st Round, Group 1



14.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:04.5929



1st Round, Group 2



15.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne
Racing                



Honda



1:05.0337



1st Round, Group 1



17.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:05.3200



1st Round, Group 1



18.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:04.8603



1st Round, Group 2



21.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:05.2441



1st Round, Group 2



 


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