Honda Racing Report - Practice Report - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

3/23/2012

Circuit: Bayrfront Park (1.8-mile street circuit) St. Petersburg, FL
2011 Winner:Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 84.975 mph
Weather:Sunny, warm humid, 81 degrees F

Top-10 Practice Results

Ps. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Best Time Best Speed
1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 1:02.0077 104.503
2. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 1:02.0931 104.359
3. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 1:02.2232 104.141
4. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 1:02.2924 104.026
5. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 1:02.3117 103.993
6. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 1:02.3190 103.981
7. James Hinchcliffe-R Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 1:02.4632 103.741
8. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 1:02.4814 103.711
9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 1:02.5301 103.630
10. Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 1:02.5337 103.624
 
Additional Honda-Powered Results:
12. Simon Pagenaud-R Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 1:02.5997 103.515
14. Josef Newgarden-R Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda Dallara 1:02.7838 103.211
15. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 1:02.8915 103.055
17. James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 1:02.9152 102.996
18. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 1:02.9594 102.923
21. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 1:03.0904 102.710

R - IndyCar Series Rookie

Franchitti Leads Honda Attack at St. Petersburg

Defending race winner and series champion Dario Franchitti was the quickest of the 10 Honda-powered entries in practice Friday for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the opening round in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.

Franchitti posted the third-fastest time around the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street circuit during the second of two hour-long practice sessions today. Teammate Graham Rahal, winner of the 2008 race here, was fourth fastest on the day, just seven hundredths of a second off Franchitti's best time.

Scott Dixon led the morning session and finished the day fifth on the time charts in his Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara. Mike Conway, the 2011 race winner at Long Beach, made his debut with A.J. Foyt Racing and rounded out the top 10 in practice today.

Action in St. Petersburg continues Saturday with a final practice, followed by Firestone "Fast Six" knockout qualifying. The 100-lap race, first in the 16-race 2012 season, starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 3rd quickest in Friday practice, defending race winner and 4-time series champion: "We're still learning both the engine and the chassis. The guys are working hard on it and we have tonight and a practice session tomorrow to get it right for qualifying. You always have these things when you're developing a new car. It's a lot of work."



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