Honda IndyCar Mid Ohio Friday Practice Report

8/2/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, August 2, 2013

Honda Indy 200                                                                                                      Qualifying Report

Circuit:                Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, OH

2012 Winner:       Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 115.279 mph average speed

Weather:             Overcast, mild, 72 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:05.4332

124.231 mph

  2.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:05.4469

 

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:05.5018

 

  4.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:05.7019

 

  5.

Luca Filippi-R

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:05.7364

 

  6.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:05.7692

 

  7.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:05.7796

 

  8.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:05.7939

 

  9.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.05.8653

 

10.

Simona de Silvestro

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:05.8714

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

14.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:06.0886

 

 

15.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.06.0979

 

 

18.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:06.2407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:06.2438

 

 

20.

James Davison-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:06.4680

 

 

21.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:06.5809

 

 

23.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:07.3160

 

 

                                              

        Defending Winner Dixon Leads Honda at Mid-Ohio

 

Scott Dixon, the unofficial “Master of Mid-Ohio” with four career IndyCar race victories – including wins in three of the last four years – led the first of two IZOD IndyCar Series practice sessions Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and appeared headed to a sweep of the day, until a last-lap effort by Will Power in the final moments of the second session dropped Dixon to second overall, by the narrow margin of just over one-thousandth of a second. 

 

Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dario Franchitti, was second-quickest in the morning practice, and finished the day fourth overall; while series rookie Luca Filippi made an impressive debut for Honda and Barracuda Racing, finishing fifth on the day.  Also driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, Charlie Kimball posted the sixth-fastest time in practice, with Detroit race winner Simon Pagenaud ninth for Schmidt Hamilton HP Racing.  Justin Wilson was sixth quickest in the morning, but had his afternoon practice halted by fuel pressure failure and dropped to 19th overall, while the A.J. Foyt Racing effort of Takuma Sato saw its track time limited by transmission issues.

 

Activities at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course continue tomorrow with final practice, followed by qualifying at 2 p.m. EDT.  Sunday’s 90-lap race, the 14th round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network. 

 

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) 2nd quickest in practice Friday:  "It was a pretty decent day.  Both cars [Dixon’s and teammate Dario Franchitti’s] rolled out of the trailer and were fast this morning [running 1-2 in the first practice session], but I think we need to do a bit more tuning for the race on Sunday.  It’s going to be super tight out there this weekend; you’re already seeing guys fighting to find hundredths and thousandths of a second, and I think that trend will continue.  This is a track that’s been good to us, but you can’t rely on that, just like you can’t rely on the good run [of race victories] we’ve been having lately.  You still have to work hard for everything you gain.”



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