Rahal, Rossi, Head Honda Field at Detroit

6/2/2017

 

Rahal, Rossi Head Honda Field Friday in Detroit

·       Graham Rahal ends the day second fastest, Alexander Rossi in third

·       Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato runs seventh fastest

·       Honda drivers claim six of the top 10 positions

 

DETROIT, Mich. (June 2, 2017) – Graham Rahal led the way for Honda in opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit, in preparations for Saturday’s opening race of a doubleheader Detroit Grand Prix weekend.

 

Alexander Rossi wrapped up the second of two practice sessions in third, followed by Mikhail Aleshin in fifth.  Fresh off his Indianapolis 500 “Victory Tour”, Takuma Sato posted the seventh-fastest time of the day, with Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon rounding out the top 10 for Honda.

 

Activities continue Saturday in Detroit with the first of this weekend’s two 70-lap Verizon IndyCar Series races.  The seventh and eighth rounds of the 17-race 2017 season begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with live television coverage of both races on ABC.

 

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda): “First of all, it's great to be back here [in Detroit]. We appreciate everything Roger [Penske] has done here in the city to put this on. It's been a track that's been good to me in the past. I had a couple podiums here and finished fourth last year in the Saturday race. Obviously today started off on the right foot and the United Rentals Honda seemed to be very strong, very competitive, right off the trailer this morning. In the first session, we didn't change anything. As the track heated up in the afternoon, it got slippery for me. I'm sure everybody will say the same. I know we had a couple more tenths [of a second] in it. It's going to be tricky out there in qualifying. It's bumpy. It's going to beat us up pretty good. We'll just have to go out there tomorrow and test it. Hopefully the car will be nice and reliable, we'll get to the end and have a good day.”

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Detroit Grand Prix

Circuit:              Belle Isle Park (2.35-mile temporary street circuit) Detroit, Mich.

2016 Winners:   Sebastien Bourdais (KV Racing) 97.857 mph average, Race 1, Saturday

                            Will Power (Team Penske) 96.414 mph average, Race 2, Sunday

Weather:           Partly cloudy mild, 78 degrees F

 

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:15.1511

 

  2.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:15.3328

 

  3.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:15.4323

 

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:15.4577

 

  5.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:15.5382

 

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:15.5384

 

  7.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:15.5923

 

  8.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:15.8159

 

  9.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:15.9159

 

10.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:15.9540

 

Other Honda Results

11.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:15.9900

 

12.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:16.0130

 

13.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:16.0354

 

16.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:16.1488

 

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:16.4507

 

19.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:16.7223

 

21.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:17.6095

 

22.

Esteban Gutierrez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:18.2289

 

 

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