Dixon Leads Honda Effort Friday in Toronto

7/14/2017

Dixon, Rahal Fast for Honda Friday in Toronto

·       Scott Dixon runs third-quickest in practice

·       Detroit double-winner Graham Rahal fourth overall

·       Andretti Autosport places three Hondas in top 10

 

TORONTO, Ont. (July 15, 2017) – Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Friday in Verizon IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, finishing the day third and fourth on the time charts.

 

A two-time winner here in Toronto, Dixon posted the fourth-fastest time with his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in the morning session, then improved to third overall in the second, quicker session in the afternoon.  Rahal, who swept the double header race weekend last month at the similar Detroit street circuit, also improved in the second session to finish the day fourth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

 

Andretti Autosport also ended Friday on a positive note, with three of its Hondas in the top 10, led by  Marco Andretti, sixth; Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, eighth; and Ryan Hunter-Reay in ninth. 

 

Activities at the Honda Indy Toronto continue tomorrow, with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday’s 85-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “We still have some work to do, but I’m pleased with the start overall for the NTT Data team.  It’s still going to take a bit more to get to where the Penske cars are, but I’m confident we’ll be making progress heading into the final practice and qualifying tomorrow.”

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto

Circuit:              Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada

2016 Winner:     Will Power (Team Penske) 88.739 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, mild, 73 degrees F

 

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.2573

Practice 2

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.4844

Practice 2

  3.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:00.6253

Practice 2

  4.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:00.6388

Practice 2

  5.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.6485

Practice 2

  6.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:00.8321

Practice 2

  7.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.8540

Practice 2

  8.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:00.9509

Practice 2

  9.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:00.9692

Practice 2

10.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.0735

Practice 2

Other Honda Results

11.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:01.0883

Practice 2

12.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:01.0964

Practice 2

14.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:01.3164

Practice 2

16.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.4874

Practice 2

18.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:01.5214

Practice 2

19.

Esteban Gutierriez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:01.7637

Practice 2

20.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:01.8670

Practice 2

21.

Sebastian Saavedra

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:02.1493

Practice 2

 

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