Honda Racing Report - Practice Report - Grand Prix of Long Beach
Circuit: Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.986-mile street circuit) Long Beach, CA
2011 Winner:Mike Conway (Andretti Autosport Honda) 88.676 mph average
Weather:Showers, cool, 59 degrees F
Top-10 Practice Results
|Ps.||Driver||Team||Engine/Chassis||Best Time||Best Speed|
|1.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||1:17.2298||91.737 mph|
|2.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||1:17.9448||90.895|
|3.||Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||1:18.2396||90.553|
|4.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||1:18.2201||89.432|
|5.||JR Hildebrand||Panther Racing||Chevrolet Dallara||1:19.5781||89.030|
|6.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:19.6077||88.996|
|7.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||1:19.6864||88.809|
|8.||E.J. Viso||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||1:19.0477||88.507|
|9.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:20.8698||87.608|
|10.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||1:20.8931||87.582|
Additional Honda-Powered Results:
|19.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||2:05.2335||56.573|
|James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||No Time|
|Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||No Time|
|Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||No Time|
|Simon Pagenaud-R||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||Honda Dallara||No Time|
|Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||No Time|
|Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||No Time|
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
Rain Hampers Opening Day Activities in Long Beach
Nearly day-long rain, which varied in intensity from light showers to brief thunderstorms, kept the majority of the Honda-powered IZOD IndyCar Series field off the track Friday during opening practice for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach.
But both Takuma Sato, quickest in the rain two weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park, and defending Long Beach race winner Mike Conway, did venture out during the morning practice to post the second and third-fastest times, respectively.
Scott Dixon posted the 10th-fastest time in the morning session, but then made contact with the Turn One wall during the afternoon session, ending his day with minor damage to his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara. The remaining seven Honda-powered drivers either stayed behind the pit wall, or ran only initial "systems check" laps before calling it a day.
IZOD IndyCar Series action from Southern California continues Saturday with a final practice, followed by Firestone "Fast Six" knockout qualifying. Sunday's 90-lap race starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
Takuma Sato (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 2nd quickest in Friday practice: "It's a shame for the fans. The first practice session started with damp conditions and we ran very few laps just to see how the initial setup was, in terms of ride height and those sorts of things. It was too wet for dry tires and too dry for wet tires. We didn't run in the second practice session because there was no knowledge to be gained in the wet. The forecast is for dry weather the rest of the weekend."