Honda Racing Report - Practice Report - Honda Indy Toronto

7/6/2012

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 FranchittiTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara1:00.2786104.813 mph
2.Simon Pagenaud-RSam Schmidt MotorsportsHonda Dallara1:00.3904104.619
3.Scott DixonTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara1:00.5423104.357
4.Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara1:00.6485104.174
5.Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara1:00.6936104.097
6.Helio CastronevesTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara1:00.7017104.083
7.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara1:00.7817103.946
8.Mike ConwayA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara1:00.8381103.849
9.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara1:00.8760103.785
10.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara1:00.8783103.781
 
Other Honda-powered Results:
11.Alex TaglianiBryan Herta AutosportHonda Dallara1:00.9297103.693
12.Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara1:00.9382103.679
14.James JakesDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara1:01.0277103.527
16.Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara1:01.0666103.461
25.Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda DallaraNo timeDid 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."



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