Wilson Leads Honda Field in Final Pre-Season Test

3/11/2013

Honda Racing Report

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

INDYCAR “Spring Training” Open Test                                                        Pre-Season Test Report

Circuit:                Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, AL

Weather:              Sunny, cool, 52 degrees F

 

Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.1329

 

2.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.3839

 

3.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:07.4996

 

4.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.5478

 

5.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.6346

 

6.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:07.6872

 

7.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:07.7534

 

8.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.7674

 

9.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.8350

 

10.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.8532

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.8912

Wednesday only

13.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Racing

Honda Dallara

1:07.9911

 

14.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:08.0116

 

15.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:08.1158

 

17.

Mike Conway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:08.1584

Tuesday only

19.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:08.2176

 

24.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:09.0141

 

25.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:09.4456

Both mornings only

17.

Stefan Wilson-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:09.9153

Wednesday p.m.

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

 

                                                       

       Wilson Leads Honda Field in Final Pre-Season Test

 

The IZOD IndyCar Series wrapped up two days of “Spring Training”, the final open test prior to the start of the 2013 race season, Wednesday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson led a dozen full-time Honda-powered entries and several additional part-time competitors, including Wilson’s younger brother, rookie Stefan Wilson.   

 

Wilson’s quick lap of 1:07.4996 (122.667 mph) around the hilly, 2.3-mile Barber circuit was third-fastest overall, and less than fourth-tenths of a second off the quick time of the test, set by defending Barber race winner Will Power in the final minutes.

 

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was the quickest Honda driver on the opening day, and finished the test seventh overall, followed by fellow Honda drivers Takuma Sato and Charlie Kimball, with Simon Pagenaud rounding out the top 10 for Schmidt-Hamilton Racing.  The 19-race 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series opens March 24 with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

 

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on this week’s test:  "We’re pretty pleased with the way the last two days of testing have gone for us.  We took a conservative approach to this test, as these are the same engines that will be used at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the other early-season races.  So, our focus was to get everyone ready for the start of the season.  We’re looking forward to it.”

 

For a photograph from the “Spring Training” open test, go to:http://www.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101657

 



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