Honda IndyCar Baltimore Friday Report

8/30/2013

Honda Racing Report

Friday, August 30, 2013

Grand Prix of Baltimore                                                                                            Practice Report

Circuit:                Oriole Park at Camden Yards (2.04-mile street circuit) Baltimore, MD

2012 Winner:       Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) 71.136 mph average speed

Weather:             Mostly sunny, warm, humid, 82 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

  1.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.19.4792

92.402 mph

  2.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:19.5630

 

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.6662

 

  4.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:19.7027

 

  5.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1.19.8509

 

  6.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:19.8756

 

  7.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.0593

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:20.0934

 

  9.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:20.1604

 

10.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:20.1976

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Luca Filippi

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:20.2042

 

 

17.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:20.7808

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:20.8984

 

 

20.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:20.9139

 

 

24.

Stefan Wilson-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:23.6238

 

 

                  

                           

          Rookie Vautier Leads Field Friday in Baltimore

 

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Tristan Vautier led a Honda-powered sweep of the top five positions in IZOD IndyCar Series practice Friday on the 2.04-mile Camden Yards temporary street circuit in downtown Baltimore, in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore. 

 

Vautier is an IndyCar rookie this season, but won the Indy Lights race here last year en route to the 2012 Indy Lights championship.  Graham Rahal, who qualified second and finished 10th here in 2012, recorded the second-quickest overall time for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. 

 

Josef Newgarden posted the third-quickest time in his first IndyCar appearance in Baltimore.  The second-year driver missed last year’s event after breaking a finger in a crash at the previous weekend’s race in Sonoma, California.  Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Vautier’s teammate, Simon Pagenaud, rounded out the top five for Honda. 

 

Activities on the Baltimore street circuit continue Saturday with final practice, followed by qualifying at 12 p.m. EDT.  Sunday’s 75-lap race, the 16th round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network. 

 

Tristan Vautier (#55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara) quickest in practice Friday:  "The weekend has started very well for us.   It’s been very special; it just keeps going faster and faster for us.  I don’t know, I just love this place.  But I think it’s going to be about continuing to improve, because everyone else is going to keep improving, and it’s always very hard to put everything together at just the right time.  So, I have to keep focused and keep executing really well to stay up front.”

 



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