Hunter-Reay Tops The Charts At Barber

Vautier made the most of his second opportunity by qualifying third at 1:07.3616 (122.919 mph) while Sato got kicked all the way back to 12th starting position.

“It’s disappointing for us not to be able to show our performance in the Fast Six,” Sato said. “We had a difficult practice session this morning but we worked on our setup and in the first two segments the car was much more connected and I was able to commit and we advanced to the Fast Six. However in the second segment I had to back off because there was a slower car in front of me at the exit of turn five. So I abandoned my qualifying lap and I tried to stretch the space. I checked my mirror on the back straight and there was no one there and then going through turns 7 and 8 which is where the elevation changes which is probably the worst place for Justin Wilson to catch me because I couldn’t see anything behind me.

“When I was able to see that he was coming on I tried to keep my line tight and let him have the racing line. Obviously it was close but I was disappointed to be penalized.”

Scott Dixon of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing has finished second in each of the three previous IndyCar contests at Barber Motorsports Park. He qualified fourth at 1:07.3642 (122.914 mph). Charlie Kimball was the third of the three Hondas that took positions 3-5 with a lap time of 1:07.4987 in another Ganassi entry.

Helio Castroneves of Team Penske rounded out the Fast Six at 1:07.5106 (122.647 mph) in a Dallara/Chevrolet.

A third Penske entry driven by former Champ Car Series driver and part-time NASCAR Sprint Cup participant A.J. Allmendinger qualified 10th at 1:07.6962 (122.311 mph) in a Dallara/Chevrolet.

Although Saturday’s conditions at Barber Motorsports Park were sunny skies with beautiful blue skies, red was the color of the day – not only for Hunter-Reay’s decisive set of tires but also for the red tempers displayed for blocking.

Now that Hunter-Reay scored the third pole of his IndyCar career and his first since Edmonton last July he hopes to formulate a winning strategy for the race.

“It’s funny how much everything changes,” Hunter-Reay said. “You focus on qualifying all the way up till now because it’s such a premium here. Then tonight everything is undone, it’s a yard sale under the tents because everybody is trying to protect those rear tires and protect that grip that you’re going to need through the entire race.”

1. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.0871 (123.422)

2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.3304 (122.976)

3. (55) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.3616 (122.919)

4. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.3642 (122.914)

5. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4987 (122.669)

6. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.5106 (122.647)

7. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.4893 (122.686)

8. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4964 (122.673)

9. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.6317 (122.428)

10. (2) AJ Allmendinger, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.6962 (122.311)

11. (16) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.8832 (121.974)

12. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.9560 (120.077)

13. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.2409 (123.139)

14. (78) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7291 (122.252)

15. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.2886 (123.052)

16. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7337 (122.243)

17. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.2965 (123.038)

18. (22) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7474 (122.219)

19. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.3671 (122.909)

20. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.7774 (122.165)

21. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.4184 (122.815)

22. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 01:07.7830 (122.155)

23. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.4567 (122.745)

24. (4) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 01:07.8367 (122.058)

25. (18) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 01:08.9108 (120.155)

26. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 01:08.6362 (120.636)



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