Honda IndyCar Sonoma Friday Report

8/24/2012

Honda Racing Report

Friday, August 24, 2012

GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma                                                                                                            Practice Report

Circuit:                        Raceway at Sonoma (2.31-mile road course) Sonoma, Calif.

2011 Winner:            Will Power (Penske Racing Honda) 96.408 mph average

Weather:                        Mostly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Average Speed/Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.6887

109.114 mph

2.

Ryan Briscoe

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.8782

108.851

3.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.9228

108.790

4.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:19.0394

108.629

5.

Rubens Barrichello

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.4015

108.134

6.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.4172

108.113

7.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:19.4518

108.066

8.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.5923

107.875

9.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.6270

107.828

10.

Sebastien Saavedra

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.6402

107.810

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:19.6840

107.751

13.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.9588

107.380

17.

Alex Tagliani

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:19.9917

107.336

18.

Josef Newgarden-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:20.1930

107.067

21.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:20.4466

106.729

23.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:20.8900

106.144

25.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:21.0304

105.960 

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                                        

                  Pagenaud Runs Third in Practice at Sonoma

Simon Pagenaud led the Honda-powered field Friday in Sonoma, California, posting the third quickest time around the 2.31-mile road course in IZOD IndyCar Series practice in preparation for Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti closed to within a tenth of a second of Pagenaud in the final minutes of practice to end the day fourth fastest, with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal seventh and eighth, respectively.

The raceway at Sonoma is using a slightly revised layout in 2012, featuring changes to Turns 7, 9 and 11 to enhance passing.  The circuit modifications were utilized and approved by series officials and drivers at a pre-race test at the Northern California road course.  The changes altered the track length, so this year’s race will run for 85 laps, a 10-lap increase from previous IZOD IndyCar Series events at Sonoma.

IZOD IndyCar Series activities at Sonoma continue Saturday, with final practice and “Fast Six” knockout qualifying.  Sunday’s 85-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) third quickest in Friday practice: “It was a very good start for us.  The car was better than at the test, and we learned a lot of good things today.  The wind was very different today, it was a tail wind going into Turn 1 and that made our entry speed different and the line a bit different, too.  I think we are very close now, there are just a few more things we need to do for qualifying.”



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