Honda IndyCar Baltimore Friday Report

8/31/2012

Honda Racing Report

Friday, August 31, 2012

Grand Prix of Baltimore                                                                                                                        Practice Report

Circuit:                        Oriole Park at Camden Yards (2.04-temporary street circuit), Baltimore, Md.

2011 Winner:            Will Power (Penske Racing Honda), 75.046 mph average

Weather:                        Mostly sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Average Speed/Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:21.0185

90.646 mph

2.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:21.4883

90.123

3.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:21.7211

89.867

4.

Rubens Barrichello

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:21.9194

89.649

5.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:21.9236

89.644

6.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:21.9288

89.639

7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:22.0263

89.532

8.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.1075

89.444

9.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:22.1254

89.424

10.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:22.3243

89.208

Other Honda-powered Results:

16.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:22.6543

88.852

17.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:22.8225

88.672

19.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:22.9542

88.532

20.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:23.1126

88.362

22.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing

Honda Dallara

1:23.1635

88.308

23.

Bruno Junqueira

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:23.6249

87.831

 

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                                                                       

                  Pagenaud Flies to P2 in Baltimore Practice

Simon Pagenaud led the Honda-powered field Friday in practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore, posting the second quickest time around the 2.04-mile temporary street circuit in preparation for Sunday’s pentultimate race in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.

Pagenaud survived a scare in the opening practice, when his Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara hit a bump on the back straight and briefly became airborne, followed by a hard landing as the car returned to the pavement.  After inspecting the circuit, race officials installed a temporary chicane to slow the cars and direct them to the smoother, left-hand side of the circuit.  The change accomplished its goal, and no more unintentional “flights” were reported in the afternoon practice session.

Scott Dixon posted the third-quickest practice time, with Mike Conway, Dario Franchitti and Charlie Kimball rounding out the top-10 for Honda.

IZOD IndyCar Series activities in Baltimore continue Saturday, with final practice and “Fast Six” knockout qualifying.  Sunday’s race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) second quickest in Friday practice: “The first practice was a bit short for us.  I hit a big bump and the car took off like a plane.  I saw only sky until it landed, pretty hard.  I was sore at first, but I’m okay now.  For the afternoon practice, the [race officials] installed a chicane at that spot and made it a lot better.  It’s a lot of fun now, throwing the car at the corner [the chicane] and powering through.” 



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