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Old 13 Apr 2019, 07:28 pm
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Default Honda Racing: Rossi, Dixon Lead Honda 1-2 in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying

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  • Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon lock out front row for Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

  • Defending race winner Rossi claims first pole of 2019, fifth pole of his career


The Honda-powered duo of defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon led the way Saturday in NTT IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. 


It is Rossi's fifth career pole, and the native Californian won from the pole here in 2018.  For defending series champion Dixon, this will be his first front-row start in four events this season, with his previous best being a third last weekend at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  The five-time series champion previously won at Long Beach in 2015.


Graham Rahal will start sixth, with Ryan Hunter-Reay, another Honda-powered previous Long Beach winner, lining up seventh.  Takuma Sato, winner of last week's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, will start eighth, while Circuit of the Americas race winner and series rookie Colton Herta rounds out the top ten.  Sunday's 85-lap Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier, won from pole in 2018: "That was way harder than [qualifying on the pole] last year.  These Napa Andretti Honda boys did such an awesome job.  To lead the final practice [Saturday morning] and then qualify on the pole against the most competitive field I think we've ever had is just a huge testament to the team.  This one's big.  I wasn't expecting it, to be honest.  I think we've had a good car all year, but we haven't had the best car yet this year, so we knew coming here we had to execute.  This is Step One.  We know how to win from pole here, so hopefully, we can do Step Two tomorrow."


NTT IndyCar Series Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

















Circuit: Long Beach Convention Center (1.968-mile temporary street circuit) Long Beach, Calif.
2018 Winner: Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) 88.622 mph average
Weather: Sunny, mild, 70 degrees F

Top 12 Qualifying Results:














































































































Ps.



Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:06.4811



10x.xxx mph average



  2.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:06.7479



Fast Six final qualifying



  3.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:06.8748



Fast Six final qualifying



  4.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:06.9096



Fast Six final qualifying



  5.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:07.1877



Fast Six final qualifying



  6.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:07.3052



Fast Six final qualifying



  7.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:07.1520



2nd round qualifying



  8.



Takuma Sato



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:07.2626



2nd round qualifying



  9.



Patricio O'Ward-R



Carlin Racing



Chevrolet



1:07.2674



2nd round qualifying



10.



Colton Herta-R



Harding Steinbrenner Racing



Honda



1:07.7721



2nd round qualitying



11.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:08.3746



2nd round qualifying



12.



Felix Rosenqvist-R



Chip Ganassi Racing             



Honda



1:08.4410



2nd Round qualifying



Other Honda Results






















































13.



Santino Ferrucci-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:08.1008



1st Round, Group 1



14.



Sebastien Bourdais



DCR with Vasser-Sullivan      



Honda



1:07.3135



1st Round, Group 2



15.



James Hinchcliffe



Arrow Schmidt Peterson 



Honda



1:08.1811



1st Round, Group 1



18.



Jack Harvey



Meyer Shank Racing



Honda



1:07.5287



1st Round, Group 2



19.



Marcus Ericsson-R



Arrow Schmidt Peterson 



Honda



1:08.9516



1st Round, Group 1



22.



Zach Veach



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:07.7822



1st Round, Group 2



 


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