Honda Racing Report - Practice Report - Honda Indy Toronto
Circuit: Exhibition Place (1.755-mile street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada
2011 Winner:Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 76.805 mph average
Weather:Mostly clear, hot, 93 degrees F
Top-10 Practice Results
|Ps.||Driver||Team||Engine - Chassis||Best Time||Average Speed/Notes|
|1.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||1:00.2786||104.813 mph|
|2.||Simon Pagenaud-R||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||Honda Dallara||1:00.3904||104.619|
|3.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||1:00.5423||104.357|
|4.||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||1:00.6485||104.174|
|5.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:00.6936||104.097|
|6.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:00.7017||104.083|
|7.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet Dallara||1:00.7817||103.946|
|8.||Mike Conway||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||1:00.8381||103.849|
|9.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet Dallara||1:00.8760||103.785|
|10.||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Honda Dallara||1:00.8783||103.781|
Other Honda-powered Results:
|11.||Alex Tagliani||Bryan Herta Autosport||Honda Dallara||1:00.9297||103.693|
|12.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||1:00.9382||103.679|
|14.||James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||1:01.0277||103.527|
|16.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||1:01.0666||103.461|
|25.||Josef Newgarden-R||Sarah Fisher Hartman||Honda Dallara||No time||Did not run [mechanical]|
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
Franchitti Leads Honda Sweep in Toronto Practice
Defending race victor Dario Franchitti led a Honda-powered sweep of the top four positions in opening practice Friday for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto. Franchitti topped the time sheets in both IZOD IndyCar Series practice sessions around the temporary street circuit laid out on the grounds of Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto.
Franchitti, who has won two of the last three races here - in 2009 and 2011 - finished the day just over a tenth of a second ahead of Simon Pagenaud's Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara. Franchitti's teammate, Detroit race winner Scott Dixon, was third quickest in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, with Texas winner Justin Wilson rounding out the top four in his Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing machine.
IZOD IndyCar Series activities at Exhibition Place in Toronto continue Saturday with final practice and "Fast Six" knockout qualifying. Sunday's 85-lap race starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.
Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) quickest in Friday practice: "It was a good day, the car was good in both sessions, even though we tried different [chassis] setups in each. It's not perfect, but we're pretty happy. They've made some improvements to the circuit as well. Lakeshore drive has been repaved and now it is 'billiard table' smooth. But there are still lots of surface changes and bumps elsewhere on the circuit, so Toronto still has plenty of its 'character' intact. Toronto is one of my favorite stops on the [IndyCar] circuit. It's always good to come back to a place where you've had some success, but I'd love this city, regardless."