Dale Coyne Racing’s James Davison and Barracuda Racing’s Luca Filippi (pictured) – who are both making their IZOD IndyCar Series debut in tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – will have to come from the back of the grid after their Saturday qualifying sessions went sour.
Early in the first round, Davison made contact with Ed Carpenter in Turn 6 while attempting to warm up the tires on his No. 18 Honda. The incident forced Carpenter to pit for a new nose cone and both drivers were unable to advance into the second round.
“He was going to the left to set up for Turn 6 and turned right back in the front of me when I was making a run on him,” Carpenter said. “I’ve been there. There’s a lot going on. But he’s not paying attention to what’s going on.
“If that’s how he’s going to drive in tomorrow’s race, he’s going to end up getting run into.”
Davison would post a time of 1 minute, 6.2839 seconds but will have to start 17th. Carpenter will start on the inside of the final row alongside Filippi, who appeared to have carried over his strong pace from Friday practice.
Unfortunately for him, he lost control of the No. 98 Barracuda Honda while on his first flying lap of the session and hit the tire barriers near Turn 12 to bring out the red flag.
Filippi was running fourth in his qualifying group at the time, but INDYCAR rules state that any driver who causes a red flag during qualifying sessions will have his/her two fastest laps not be counted. With those times wiped away, his third-best lap of 1 minute, 6.8757 seconds put him 24th on tomorrow’s grid.
“We were close to the guys on top and I had a great feeling, so it’s really a shame for the Barracuda Racing team,” said Filippi, who replaces long-time veteran Alex Tagliani this weekend in the No. 98. “We’ve had a great weekend, so we’ll keep working hard and aim for a good finish in the race tomorrow.”
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