Honda Racing Report - Fast Friday Practice Report - Indianapolis 500

5/18/2012

Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Speedway, IN
2011 Winner:Dan Wheldon (Bryan Herta Autosport Honda) 170.265 mph average
Weather:Sunny, warm, 81 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 "Fast Friday" Top-10 Practice Results:

Ps. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Best Lap Speed/Notes
1.Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara227.540 mph
2.Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara226.835
3.Helio Castroneves-WTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara226.716
4.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara226.400
5.Scott Dixon-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara226.224
6.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara225.947
7.Ana BeatrizAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara225.653
8.JR HildebrandPanther RacingChevrolet Dallara225.571
9.Dario Franchitti-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara225.370
10.Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara225.322
 
Additional Honda-Powered Results:
13.Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara225.021
13.Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara225.021
14.Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara224.964
15.James Jakes-RDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara224.960
17.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara224.825
18.Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara224.789
20.Mike ConwayA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara224.333
22.Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara224.258
23.Bryan Clauson-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara224.224
24.Alex TaglianiBryan Herta AutosportHonda Dallara223.576
25.Wade CunninghamA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara222.898
26.Simon Pagenaud-RSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara222.736
27.Townsend BellSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara221.738
28.Michel JourdainRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara221.396

W - Previous 500 Winner

R - IndyCar Series Rookie

Dixon Heads Honda Field on Fast Friday at Indianapolis

Scott Dixon, winner of the 2008 Indianapolis 500 and a two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion, led the Honda-powered field Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on "Fast Friday", the final day of practice prior to qualifying for this year's 500-mile race.

Dixon's teammate, two-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti, posted the ninth-fastest time in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda as practice came to a close with Honda drivers leading the field on four of the seven practice days. Rookie Josef Newgarden posted the fastest speeds for Honda and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday; with Dixon topping the speed chart on Thursday.

Action at the speedway continues tomorrow with a morning practice session, followed by Pole Day qualifying to set the first 24 starting positions for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. Television coverage, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT, will be provided by the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 5th fastest in practice: "It's nice to be fifth, but we're still not where we want to be. We'll do a couple of [simulated qualifying] runs in the morning [practice] and see how much more we can trim out the car. We'll have to try and come up with just a bit more for qualifying."



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