Honda Grand Prix of Alabama Friday Practice Report

4/5/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, April 5, 2013

 

Honda Grand Prix of Alabama                                                                                   Practice Report

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

2012 Winer:         Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) 102.081 mph average

Weather:              Mostly sunny, mild, 72 degrees F

 

Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:08.5540

120.781 mph

2.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:08.6288

 

3.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:08.6720

 

4.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:08.7627

 

5.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:08.8066

 

6.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:08.8446

 

7.

E.J. Viso

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:08.8556

 

8.

A.J. Allmendinger

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:08.9119

 

9.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:08.9479

 

10.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:08.9817

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:08.9917

 

14.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.1942

 

18.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.2798

 

21.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.5084

 

22.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:09.6315

 

26.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:11.2361

 

 

                                                       

              Tagliani, Vautier Pace Fast Friday for Honda

 

Veteran Alex Tagliani and rookie Tristan Vautier led a strong Honda-powered field in opening IZOD IndyCar Series practice Friday at Barber Motorsports Park, in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, the second round of the 19-race 2013 championship.

 

Tagliani took his Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Dallara to a best lap of 1:08.6288 around the scenic 2.3-mile road course located just outside of Birmingham, heading the time sheets in the second of two IZOD IndyCar Series practice sessions, until he was edged out of the top spot by Helio Castroneves. 

 

Driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Vautier led the morning session and finished third overall, just ahead of his teammate, Simon Pagenaud, as Honda-powered drivers claimed four of the top six positions on the speed chart.

 

Action at Barber Motorsports Park continues Saturday with a final practice, followed by “Fast Six” knockout qualifying.  Sunday’s 90-lap Honda Grand Prix of Alabama starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Alex Tagliani (Driver, #98 Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Dallara) second-fastest in practice Friday for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama:  "I’m pretty proud of what the team has accomplished here so far this weekend.  We struggled with the new [compound for 2013] tires at the Open Test here last month and at the [season-opening] St. Petersburg [race].  But now, we’re back where we belong.  Honda has done a fantastic job as well; there are a lot of Honda-powered teams at the front today.  Once we switched to Honda last year, we became a regular top-six qualifier, and that’s our goal for tomorrow:  qualify and start the race up front.”



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