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Default Honda Racing: Front Row Start for Rahal in Toronto

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  • Graham Rahal qualifies second for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto

  • Scott Dixon slots in fifth in final qualifying round

  • Hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe to start sixth


Graham Rahal's outstanding run in the final minutes of qualifying today netted the Honda driver a front-row staring spot for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto. Rahal's time of 59.2245 seconds around the bumpy, 1.786-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit was second fastest on the day, just three-tenths of a second off the pace set by pole qualifier and defending series champion Simon Pagenaud. 


The front-row start is the second of the year for Rahal – his first was a pole at Detroit in June – and a career best for him in Toronto.  Both championship points leader Scott Dixon and hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe advanced through the first two rounds of qualifying to also advance to the "Fast Six" final session, with Dixon qualifying fifth and Hinchcliffe, sixth.


Honda's Alexander Rossi, Max Chilton, Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti all advanced out of the first qualifying round, and will start eighth through 11th, respectively.  Sunday's 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): "That was awesome! I couldn't be more proud of the Rousseau team. These boys have worked so hard and we put it together in the final round [of qualifying]. We can definitely race them hard from here. I think we have a pretty good race car,  it's going to be a great race tomorrow. Trust me, we're going to give them everything we've got. We want to get a win. When you have a car like this, and a team like this, it makes it a lot more confidence inspiring. When you go out there you know that you have what it takes to get the job done. They have made my life a lot easier. A result like this is great for all of our partners."


Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto
Circuit: Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada
2016 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske) 88.739 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, warn, 77 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results:














































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



58.9124



First pole of 2017



  2.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



59.2245



+0.3121 seconds



  3.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



59.4345



Fast Six final Qualifying



  4.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



59.5430



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  5.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



59.7970



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  6.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



60.1415



Fast Six Final Qualifying



  7.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



59.5892



2nd Round Qualifying



  8.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Herta Autosport



Honda



60.0114



2nd Round Qualifying



  9.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



60.1202



2nd Round Qualifying



10.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



60.1970



2nd Round Qualifying



11.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



60.3384



2nd Round Qualifying



12.



JR Hildebrand



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



62.3040



Crash, red flag penalty



Other Honda Results






















































14.

Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



60.0607



1st Round, Group 2



15.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



59.8686



1st Round, Group 1



16.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



60.0926



1st Round, Group 2



17.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



59.9820



1st Round, Group 1



20.



Sebastian Saavedra



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



60.6272



1st Round, Group 1



21.



Esteban Gutierriez-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



60.7441



Crash, red flag penalty


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