Honda Racing Report - Practice Report - Grand Prix of Long Beach

4/13/2012

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 AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara1:17.229891.737 mph
2.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara1:17.944890.895
3.Mike ConwayA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara1:18.239690.553
4.Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara1:18.220189.432
5.JR HildebrandPanther RacingChevrolet Dallara1:19.578189.030
6.Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara1:19.607788.996
7.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara1:19.686488.809
8.E.J. VisoKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara1:19.047788.507
9.Helio CastronevesTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara1:20.869887.608
10.Scott DixonTarget Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara1:20.8931 87.582
 
Additional Honda-Powered Results:
19.Dario FranchittiTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara2:05.233556.573
James JakesDale Coyne RacingHonda DallaraNo Time
Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda DallaraNo Time
Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda DallaraNo Time
Simon Pagenaud-RSam Schmidt MotorsportsHonda DallaraNo Time
Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda DallaraNo Time
Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda DallaraNo 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."



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