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Default Honda Racing: Sato, Dixon Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Sonoma

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  • 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


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."


Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Circuit:                             Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course), Sonoma, Calif.
2016 Winner:     Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 101.181 mph average
Weather:           Mostly sunny, mild, 72 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results:














































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.5205



New qualifying record



  2.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.5556



+0.0351 seconds



  3.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.6356



Fast Six final qualifying



  4.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.8032



Fast Six final qualifying



  5.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:16.2208



Fast Six final qualifying



  6.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:16.3978



Fast Six final qualifying



  7.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:16.1815



2nd Round qualifying



  8.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Herta Autosport



Honda



1:16.1934



2nd Round qualifying



  9.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:16.1968



2nd Round qualifying



10.



Sebastien Bourdais



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:16.5811



2nd Round qualifying



11.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:16.8221



2nd Round qualifying



12.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:16.9718



2nd Round qualifying



Other Honda Results






















































14.

Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:16.7581



1st Round, Group 2



15.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:17.1417



1st Round, Group 1



16.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:16.9539



1st Round, Group 2



18.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:17.0231



1st Round, Group 2



19.



Jack Harvey-R



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:17.2722



1st Round, Group 1



21.



Zachary Claman DeMelo-R



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:17.2814



1st Round, Group 1


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