• Scott Dixon qualifies second for Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing • Rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist qualifies third • Alexander Rossi runs fourth for Andretti Autosport
TORONTO, Ont., Canada (July 13, 2019) – Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist led the way for the Honda field today in NTT IndyCar Series qualifying, and will start second and third, respectively, in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.
Dixon, who won from the second starting position last year, ended the three rounds of “knockout” qualifying 16 hundredths of a second off the pole time set by Simon Pagenaud. Rosenqvist, an IndyCar Series rookie this season but a two-time winner on the Exhibition Place street circuit in Indy Lights competition, will start third in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
Twice a race winner this season – at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and Road America – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi was the third Honda driver to advance to final round “Fast Six” qualifying, and will start fourth. Live television coverage of the Honda Indy Toronto, 11th round of the 2019 season, begins at 3 p.m. EDT Sunday on the NBC Sports Network.
Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) defending race winner, defending series champion, will start second: “I just couldn’t quite piece together a lap [for the pole]. Both Chip Ganassi Racing Hondas have been fast all weekend, but at times it was a struggle getting a clear track [in practice]. It was better in qualifying with the split groups, and I felt my last lap could’ve been ‘the one’ had I finished it! [Dixon spun exiting the last corner of his final qualifying lap]. The second-place start for us last year worked out well and turned into a win so we hope to replicate that tomorrow.”
NTT IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto Circuit: Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada 2018 Winner: Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 93.898 mph average Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 80 degrees F
Top-12 Qualifying Results: Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes 1. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 58.4293 sec. 110.041 mph average 2. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 58.5948 +0.1655 seconds 3. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 58.6793 Fast Six Final Qualifying 4. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 58.9215 Fast Six Final Qualifying 5. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 59.3103 Fast Six Final Qualifying 6. Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 59.5353 Fast Six Final Qualifying 7. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 58.7663 2nd Round Qualifying 8. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda 58.7781 2nd Round Qualifying 9. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 58.8221 2nd Round Qualifying 10. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 58.9110 2nd Round Qualifying 11. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 59.0444 2nd Round Qualifying 12. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 59.0985 2nd Round Qualifying Other Honda Results 14. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 58.9293 1st Round, Group 2 16. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda 59.0549 1st Round, Group 2 17. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 59.9761 1st Round, Group 1 18. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 59.2890 1st Round, Group 2 20. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 59.6299 1st Round, Group 2