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Default Honda Racing: Dixon Begins Title Defense with Second-Place Finish for Honda at St. Petersburg

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  • Felix Rosenqvist qualifies third for season-opening NTT IndyCar Series race

  • Teammate and defending series champion Scott Dixon to start fourth


Rookie Felix Rosenqvist started his NTT IndyCar Series career on a strong note, advancing to the Firestone Fast Six final round of knockout qualifying to claim the third starting position in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda for Sunday's season-opening race.


Rosenqvist's teammate – and defending series champion – Scott Dixon will start fourth after a hectic qualifying effort that saw his team make chassis setup changes to Dixon's Honda prior to each round of qualifying.  Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi will start fifth and sixth, respectively, as Honda drivers claimed four of the Fast Six qualifying positions.


Jack Harvey was another Honda driver to start his 2019 season with an excellent qualifying effort, and he will start seventh in his Meyer Shank Racing entry.  James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal round out the top 10 for Honda; while another impressive rookie, Colton Herta appeared headed to the Fast Six final round until he was penalized for impeding a competitor during the second round.  He will start 11th in his Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda.


Sunday's 110-lap season-opening race starts at 1:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified third for first NTT IndyCar Series race: "I'm pretty happy. I'm not even sure yet what feedback to give to the team in qualifying, so I didn't want to change anything on the NTT DATA Honda. I guess when I get comfortable enough we can have those conversations, which is something to look forward to. We [Rosenqvist and Dixon] are starting side by side as teammates. I just can't wait to get going tomorrow for the race here at St. Petersburg."


NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Circuit: Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit) St. Petersburg, FL
2018 Winner: Sebastien Bourdais (DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda) 86.207 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 82 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results Results:













































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



1.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:00.4594



xxx.xxx mph average



2.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:00.5570



+0.0976 seconds



3.



Felix Rosenqvist-R



Chip Ganassi Racing             



Honda



1:00.6884



Fast Six Final Qualifying



4.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:00.8544



Fast Six Final Qualifying



5.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:01.0784



Fast Six Final Qualifying



6.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:01.7739



Fast Six Final Qualifying



7.



Jack Harvey



Michael Shank Racing



Honda



1:00.9531



2nd Round Qualifying



8.



Charlie Kimball



Carlin Racing



Chevrolet



1:01.0146



2nd Round Qualifying



9.



James Hinchcliffe



Arrow Schmidt Peterson



Honda



1:01.0185



2nd Round Qualifying



10.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:01.0944



2nd Round Qualifying



11.



Colton Herta-R



Harding Steinbrenner Racing



Honda



1:01.4182



2nd Round Qualifying



12.



Ben Hanley-R



DragonSpeed Racing



Chevrolet



1:02.3703



2nd Round Qualifying



Other Honda Results






















































14.

Zach Veach



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:00.9061



1st Round, Group 2



18.



Marcus Ericsson-R



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:01.1345



1st Round, Group 2



19.



Sebastien Bourdais



DCR with Vasser-Sullivan      



Honda



4:58.5395



1st Round, Group 1



20.



Takuma Sato



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:01.1511



1st Round, Group 2



21.



Santino Ferrucci-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



No time



1st Round, Group 1



23.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



No time



1st Round, Group 1



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