Honda IndyCar Sonoma Friday Practice Report

8/23/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, August 23, 2013

GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma                                                                                                Practice Report

Circuit:                Raceway at Sonoma (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA

2012 Winner:       Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) 95.740 mph average speed

Weather:             Sunny, mild, 78 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

 

  1.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.3145

109.635 mph

 

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.6694

 

 

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.6814

 

 

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.7454

 

 

  5.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:18.8124

 

 

  6.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:18.8704

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

  7.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:18.9740

 

 

  8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:18.9844

 

 

  9.

Ryan Briscoe

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.0182

 

 

10.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.19.0729

 

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

JR Hildebrand

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:19.1567

 

15.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.19.3366

 

16.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.3398

 

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.3958

 

18.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:19.3989

 

20.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:19.4673

 

23.

James Davison-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:19.7624

 

25.

Lucas Luhr-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:20.6459

 

                  

                           

                     Dixon Paces Friday Practice at Sonoma

 

Scott Dixon and his Honda-powered Dallara led the 25-car IZOD IndyCar Series field during practice Friday in preparation for Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, heading the time sheets in the second and quicker of two practice sessions on the challenging Raceway at Sonoma.

 

Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dario Franchitti, was fifth-quickest on Friday, despite limiting his on-track runs in an effort to conserve his tires for Sunday’s race.  Justin Wilson finished the day sixth, with Graham Rahal eighth and Simon Pagenaud 10th, as Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top ten times in practice.

 

Activities at the Raceway at Sonoma continue tomorrow with final practice, followed by qualifying at 5:30 p.m. EDT.  Sunday’s 85-lap race, the 15th round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starts at 4:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network. 

 

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) quickest in practice Friday:  "It’s different here this year.  The window [for the best tire performance] is really quite small.  After just three or four laps, you can feel the car go off a bit [lose handling], so it’s all about keeping it together and getting the most out of those first few laps with new tires.  That should make for a very interesting race on Sunday, where anything can happen as everyone’s handling changes as the race progresses.” 



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