Honda Racing Report - Practice Report - Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Circuit: Belle Isle Park (2.07-mile street circuit) Detroit, MI
2008 Winner:Justin Wilson (Newman Haas Racing Honda) 89.911 mph average [most recent event]
Weather:Morning rain, cool, damp, 57-degrees F
Top-10 Practice Results
|Ps.||Driver||Team||Engine/Chassis||Best Time||Best Speed|
|1.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:12.8355||102.313 mph|
|2.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||1:12.9343||102.174|
|3.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:13.1176||101.918|
|4.||Simon Pagenaud-R||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||Honda Dallara||1:13.1195||101.915|
|5.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet Dallara||1:13.3012||101.663|
|6.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||1:13.3087||101.652|
|7.||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||1:13.5110||101.373|
|8.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||1:13.5912||101.262|
|9.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:13.8536||100.902|
|10.||Oriol Servia||DRR Panther Racing||Chevrolet Dallara||1:13.9032||100.835|
Additional Honda-Powered Results:
|11.||Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||1:13.9673||100.747|
|12.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||1:14.0573||100.625|
|13.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||1:14.1132||100.549|
|16.||Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||1:14.3223||100.266|
|20.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||1:15.0788||99.256|
|21.||James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||1:15.2476||99.033|
|22.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||1:15.9058||98.174|
|23.||Alex Tagliani||Bryan Herta Autosport||Honda Dallara||1:16.4184||97.516|
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
Wilson Looks for Detroit Replay
After a three-year absence, the IZOD IndyCar Series returned to the streets of Belle Isle Park Friday as 2008 race winner Justin Wilson led the Honda-powered field in opening practice for Sunday's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
In 2008, the most recent IndyCar race on the temporary park circuit, Wilson led the final 15 laps in his Newman Haas Racing Honda Dallara to win by 4.4 seconds over Helio Castroneves. It was the final IndyCar triumph for team co-owner Paul Newman, who succumbed to cancer later that year.
Wilson posted the second-fastest time in practice today, just one-tenth of a second off the fastest time, recorded by Team Penske's Will Power. Series rookie Simon Pagenaud was third quickest in his Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda, while Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon rounded out the top six. Sunday's 90-lap race starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.
Justin Wilson (#18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) 2nd quickest in Friday practice: "There's no margin for error in the IndyCar Series today, just lots and lots of very hard work. There are many good drivers and competitive teams; one small mistake and your 'P20' instead of 'P1'. But having said that, this circuit is a lot of fun, and we appear to have a pretty good car. Hopefully, on Sunday, we can do exactly what we did here last time."