Honda Baltimore Race Report

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Circuit:                Oriole Park at Camden Yards (2.04-temporary street circuit), Baltimore, Md.
2011 Winner:       Will Power (Penske Racing Honda), 75.046 mph average
Weather:              Light rain mid-race, warm, 83 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:


Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

1.

10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

75

71.136mph avg.; led 13 laps

2.

11.

Ryan Briscoe

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

75

-1.4391seconds; led 11 laps

3.

9.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

75

-3.0253 seconds; led 14 laps

4.

2.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

75

-3.9281 seconds

5.

15.

Rubens Barrichello

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

75

-5.0450 seconds

6.

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

75

-5.7467 seconds; led 22 laps

7.

16.

Oriol Servia

DRR Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

75

-7.5913 seconds

8.

13.

Alex Tagliani

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

75

-7.7701 seconds; led 1 lap

9.

22.

E.J. Viso

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

75

-8.8651 seconds

10.

14.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

75

-9.0843 seconds

Other Honda-powered Results:


11.

21.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

75

-10.2963 seconds

13.

4.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

74

Did not finish – fuel

16.

12.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

73

Running

17.

7.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

72

Running

18.

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

64

Did not finish – mechanical

19.

20.

Bruno Junqueira

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

64

Did not finish – mechanical

21.

24.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

50

Did not finish – mechanical; led12 laps

24.

19.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

31

Did not finish – contact

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

Pagenaud Finishes Third in Wild Baltimore Run

Simon Pagenaud, who has already clinched IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year honors, starred in Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, jumping from sixth to first on a Lap 35 restart and going on to lead 14 laps en route to a third-place finish, his fourth podium result of the 2012 season.

Pagenaud fell back to third during the final round of pit stops, and was unable to make a final bid for victory when his Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara picked up an understeer in the final laps of today's 75-lap contest, making it impossible for him to mount a successful attack on either race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay or runner-up Ryan Briscoe.

Takuma Sato also make a strong bid for victory, despite starting near the back of the field after a difficult qualifying session on Saturday.  Sato led 12 laps while a brief, light rain shower blanketed portions of the 2.04-mile downtown temporary street circuit, and continued to lead on dry weather "slick" tires when many others elected to pit for rain tires.  But a lack of fuel pressure caused Sato's engine to stumble on the same Lap 35 restart that saw Pagenaud snare the lead, and soon ended Sato's day on Lap 38.

Scott Dixon finished fourth, while Alex Tagliani led one lap today for Barracuda Racing.  Justin Wilson, Graham Rahal, Dario Franchitti and Charlie Kimball all ran in the top five for portions of today's race before being delayed by a wide variety of causes in an incident-filled race.  Wilson, along with Mike Conway, lost time in a late-race, multi-car collision; Franchitti came up one lap short in an attempt to stretch his fuel mileage to the checkers; while Kimball ran as high as third before mechanical failure ended his day.

Honda's popular Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes returned in Baltimore, with former Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk at the wheel of the two-seat Indy car.  He gave Tyler Treiber of Uniontown, Ohio the ride of a lifetime around Mid-Ohio at the head of the 27-car starting field just prior to the start of today's race.  For more information on how you can receive the ride of a lifetime, go to www.shophonda.com

The IZOD IndyCar Series now takes a week off before returning to the West Coast for the season-ending MavTV AmericanReal 500, September 15 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 14 races):
1. Will Power                453 points (3 wins)           6. Ryan Briscoe         357 (1 win)
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay     436 (4 wins)                     7. James Hinchcliffe   341
3. Helio Castroneves     401 (2 wins)                     8. Tony Kanaan         339
4. Scott Dixon               400 (2 wins)                   9. Dario Franchitti  323 (1 win)
5. Simon Pagenaud      372                                10. Graham Rahal    305

Manufacturers' Championship:                         Rookie of the Year:
1. Chevrolet                      114*                          1. Simon Pagenaud    372*
2. Honda                           96                             2. Josef Newgarden   186
3. Lotus                             56                             3. Katherine Legge       115

*Has clinched championship

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) started 9th, finished 3rd, his 4th podium finish of 2012: "My team gave me a fantastic car today.  After the second restart, when we took the lead, I thought there was no way anyone was going to be able to get us today. But we lost a bit of ground during the last pit stops, and it became difficult to make it up as the car picked up some rubber and started to understeer on the last set of tires.  I thought we might have one more chance [for the victory] on the final restart.  Ryan [Hunter-Reay] went so deep on the brakes that I did not think he would make the corner. I tried to cut under him but the car wouldn't turn quickly enough to make the pass."

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 2nd, finished 4th: "It was a really hard day with the rain.  We had a little bit of a push [understeer] all day, which made it difficult to pass.  Then, we missed out on the first [pit] sequence, so we pitted off-sequence to try to get to the end.  We were able to make it, but had to save a lot of fuel to do so. It was just a long, difficult race."

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "Simon [Pagenaud] had a great race, absolutely amazing restarts, but he seemed to fade at the end [with understeer].  But he kept his head, kept clean and really showed everyone why he is the IndyCar Rookie of the Year.  Now, we go to Fontana [Auto Club Speedway] and we want to finish the season on a high note.  We want to show that on the high-speed ovals, Hondas are the engines to beat. We've got a strong group of drivers and teams; and we're doing everything we can to give them the very best engines for the final race."

For photographs from today's race, go to:
http://www.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101647

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