Honda IndyCar Mid-Ohio Friday Report

8/2/2012

Honda Racing Report

Friday, August 3, 2012

Honda Indy 200                                                                                                                                                Practice Report

Circuit:                        Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course), Lexington, OH

2011 Winner:            Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 105.861 mph average

Weather:                        Mostly clear, hot, humid, 89 degrees F 

 

Top-10 Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Average Speed/Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:06.8632

121.574 mph

2.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:07.0213

121.287

3.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.0644

121.209

4.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.1063

121.133

5.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.1088

121.129

6.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.2401

120.892

7.

Josef Newgarden-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:07.3133

120.761

8.

Alex Tagliani

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:07.3463

120.702

9.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:07.3574

120.682

10.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:07.3899

120.623 

Other Honda-powered Results:

18.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:07.7670

119.952

19.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:07.7677

119.951

23.

Giorgio Pantano

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:08.0753

119.409 

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                                    

         Dixon Runs Second in Opening Mid-Ohio Practice

Scott Dixon, winner of three of the past five IndyCar races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, paced the Honda-powered entries Friday in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200, posting the second-fastest time in a tight field during IZOD IndyCar Series practice on the challenging, 2.258-mile road course.  Dixon ended the day’s single practice session less than two-tenths of a second off the quick time set by Will Power. 

Honda-powered drivers dominated the top 10 in practice, with Simon Pagenaud fourth quickest on the day, followed by Graham Rahal, James Jakes, Josef Newgarden, Alex Tagliani, Dario Franchitti and Mike Conway, rounding out the top 10. 

Giorgio Pantano made his 2012 IndyCar debut, substituting for the injured Charlie Kimball in the #83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara.  Kimball suffered a broken bone in his right hand in a testing crash at Mid-Ohio last week, and was not cleared to drive this weekend by INDYCAR medical officials. 

IZOD IndyCar Series activities at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course continue Saturday, with final practice and “Fast Six” knockout qualifying.  Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) fourth quickest in Friday practice: “It was a very good day for us.  We improved the car tremendously on our last run, and I think we are very close now, so I am happy with the car.  I love this race track, it is challenging and fun for the driver and the entire team.  It’s an important race for Honda, too, so we really want to run well for them this weekend.”



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