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Default Honda Racing: Front Row Start for Wickens, Honda at INDYCAR Grand Prix

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  • Robert Wickens qualifies second for Saturday's 85-lap Indianapolis Motor Speedway road-course event

  • Sebastien Bourdais and James Hinchcliffe will start third and fourth for Honda


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Robert Wickens again belied his status as a Verizon IndyCar Series rookie, qualifying second for Saturday's INDYCAR Grand Prix. Wickens piloted his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda through all three rounds of qualifying on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and ended the day just eighth-hundredths of a second off pole qualifier Will Power.


Sebastien Bourdais, winner of the Verizon IndyCar Series St. Petersburg season opener, will start on the inside of the second row, third, for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan. Wickens' teammate, James Hinchcliffe, will start fourth to complete the second row of the grid. Long Beach race winner Alexander Rossi and defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato both advanced through the first round of qualifying, and will start eighth and 11th, respectively. Saturday's 85-lap INDYCAR Grand Prix starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live broadcast television coverage on ABC.


Robert Wickens (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) qualified second for Saturday's INDYCAR Grand Prix: "It was a great job by the SPM guys - we got both cars in the Firestone Fast Six. I'm a bit gutted with P2… We're obviously on the front row, but when you lead the whole qualifying [Rounds one and two], you want to finish like that. It was close. I ended up losing a few hundredths [of a second] in the end. You have to do the perfect job to get the pole here, but I'm happy to be back in the Fast Six. Tomorrow's a whole new can of worms…let's go play."


Verizon IndyCar Series INDYCAR Grand Prix
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.439-mile road course) Indianapolis, IN
2017 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske) 120.813 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, mild, 71 degrees F


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Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time  Notes
1 Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet  01:09.8  
2 Robert Wickens-R Schmidt Peterson Motorsports  Honda  01:09.9 +0.0870 seconds
3 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda  01:09.9 Fast Six Final Qualifying
4 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports  Honda  01:10.1 Fast Six Final Qualifying
5 Jordan King-R Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet  01:10.1 Fast Six Final Qualifying
6 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet  01:10.7 Fast Six Final Qualifying
7 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet  01:10.0 2nd Round Qualifying
8 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda  01:10.1 2nd Round Qualifying
9 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet  01:10.2 2nd Roundl Qualifying
10 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet  01:10.2 2nd Round Qualifying
11 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda  01:10.2 2nd Round Qualifying
12 Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet  01:19.4 2nd Round Qualifying
Other Honda Results
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda  01:10.1 1st Round, Group 1
14 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda  01:10.1 1st Round, Group 2
15 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Honda  01:10.3 1st Round, Group 1
17 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda  01:10.4 1st Round, Group 2
18 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 01:10.3 1st Round, Group 2
19 Zachary Claman DeMelo-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda  01:10.5 1st Round, Group 1
20 Zach Veach-R Andretti Autosport Honda  01:10.3 1st Round, Group 2

 


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