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Default Honda Racing: Sato, Rahal Sweep Front Row in Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Qualifying

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  • Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal qualify 1-2 for Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

  • Honda drivers claim first five qualifying positions, ten of top-12 grid slots


Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal led a 1-2 result for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing today in qualifying for Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, and a first-through-fifth-place sweep for Honda-powered drivers on the starting grid.


Advancing through all three rounds of "knockout" qualifying, Sato set his best time on his final lap in the "Firestone Fast Six" final round to claim his eighth NTT IndyCar Series pole and first on a natural road course. Teammate Rahal, who will start second, produced his best qualifying result of the early season, after starting 10th in the opening two races of 2019.


Honda drivers Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe will fill out the second row of the starting grid after qualifying third and fourth, respectively. Sebastien Bourdais rounds out the top five with his best qualifying result of the season.


Sunday's 90-lap Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) pole qualifier, eighth career IndyCar Series pole, first natural road course pole; 1-2 qualifying result for Rahal Letterman Lanigan with teammate Graham Rahal qualifying second: "This is a dream result, a fantastic result for the team. Obviously, we drove absolutely on the edge but a huge credit for the team, awesome job.  We don't really care which one is first…obviously I care that I'm ahead of Graham!.  Today we got everything together."


NTT IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Circuit:               Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, Ala.
2018 Winner:    Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 93.335 mph average [rain]
Weather:           Mostly cloudy, mild, 75 degrees F


Top-12 Qualifying Results:













































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Takuma Sato



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:08.5934



120.711 mph average



  2.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:08.6971



+0.1037 seconds



  3.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:08.8081



Fast Six final qualifying



  4.



James Hinchcliffe



Arrow Schmidt Peterson 



Honda



1:08.8476



Fast Six final qualifying



  5.



Sebastien Bourdais



DCR with Vasser-Sullivan      



Honda



1:09.0189



Fast Six final qualifying



  6.



Spencer Pigot



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



1:09.6074



Fast Six final qualifying



  7.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:08.8248



2nd round qualifying



  8.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:08.8866



2nd round qualifying



  9.



Colton Herta-R



Harding Steinbrenner Racing



Honda



1:08.9130



2nd round qualifying



10.



Santino Ferrucci-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:09.0213



2nd round qualifying



11.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:09.0764



2nd round qualifying



12.



Jack Harvey



Meyer Shank Racing



Honda



1:09.2967



2nd round qualifying



Other Honda Results





































13.

Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:08.8950



1st round, Group 1



17.



Felix Rosenqvist-R



Chip Ganassi Racing             



Honda



1:08.9630



1st round, Group 1



20.



Marcus Ericsson-R



Arrow Schmidt Peterson 



Honda



1:08.9226



1st round, Group 2



23.



Zach Veach



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:09.4478



1st round, Group 1



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