Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Friday Report

3/22/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, March 22, 2013

 

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg                                                                           Practice Report

Circuit:                Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit) St. Petersburg, FL

2012 Winner:       Helio Castroneves (Team Penske Chevrolet) 90.113 mph average speed

Weather:              Sunny, mild, 68 degrees F

 

Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Notes

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.4467

 

2.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.6252

 

3.

Simona de Silvestro

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.6895

 

4.

Oriol Servia

DRR Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.7650

 

5.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:01.7703

 

6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.7853

 

7.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:01.8087

 

8.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.0039

 

9.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.0459

 

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.0877

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.1030

 

12.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.1134

 

13.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:02.1962

 

14.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:02.3596

 

16.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:02.3833

 

17.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:02.4086

 

19.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

1:02.5031

 

20.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:02.5098

 

21.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

1:02.5305

 

25.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:03.9670

 

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

 

                                                       

       Sato Leads Honda Field in Practice at St. Petersburg

 

The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series officially opened Friday on the downtown harborfront streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, with a pair of practice sessions in advance of Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

 

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato led the dozen Honda-powered competitors on Friday, with a best lap of 1:01.7703 around the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit, just 33 hundredths of a second off the day’s quickest time, set by Will Power of Team Penske.

 

Activities continue on Saturday with a final practice session, followed by “knockout” qualifying that will set the 25-car field for Sunday’s 110-lap race.  Ten laps longer than in previous years, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will start at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Takuma Sato (Driver, #14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara) fifth-quickest in Friday’s practice sessions at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:  "It was a very productive day for us.  In the first session this morning, the car was a little bit outside of the balance that we wanted, but we made a good improvement over the lunch break and the car felt much better in the afternoon.  The Honda engine felt quite good.  We worked a lot on the mapping in the winter tests, and I can feel the engine is more powerful compared to last year.  We tested a couple of things and got some good information, so hopefully we can make another step forward tomorrow.”

 



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