Honda IndyCar "Spring Training" Report

3/18/2014

Honda Racing Report

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 

Verizon IndyCar Series “Spring Training” Open Test

Circuit:                             Barber Motorsports Park (2.3.-mile road course), Birmingham, Ala.

Weather:           Overcast, cool, 47 degrees F; 

       
   
 
 

 

Top-10 Test Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

 

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.0608

123.470 mph avg.

 

  2.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:07.0646

+0.0038 sec.

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

  3.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.0791

 

 

  4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:07.3314

 

 

  5.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.3705

 

 

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.4004

 

 

  7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:07.4495

 

 

  8.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:07.4639

 

 

  9.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:07.4764

 

 

10.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1:07.5235

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:07.6542

 

15.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:07.7942

 

16.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:07.9437

 

18.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:08.0757

 

19.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:08.0833

 

20.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:08.1970

 

22.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:08.3943

 

 

Justin Wilson leads Honda Field in Final Pre-Season Test

 

·       Honda drivers claim five of top 10 positions

·       New Honda HI14RTT V6 engine debuts

 

The Verizon IndyCar Series wrapped up two days of “Spring Training”, the final open test prior to the start of the 2014 race season, Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama.  For the second consecutive season, Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson led the dozen Honda-powered entries in the 22-car field, posting a best lap time of 1:07.0646, less than four-thousandths of a second off rival Will Power’s quick time of 1:07.0608 (123.470 mph).

 

At the end of the two-day test, Honda and Chevrolet drivers were evenly split in the top 10 positions.

Following Wilson, A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato quick lap of 1:07.3314 around the hilly, 2.3-mile Barber circuit was fourth-fastest overall. 

 

Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe claimed the seventh and eight positions, respectively, while Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top 10 for Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with a best lap of 1:07.5235.  Less than a half second separated the top 10 competitors.  The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series opens March 30 in Florida with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

 

Mark Crawford (IndyCar Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) on this week’s test:  "We’re pretty pleased with the way the last two days of testing have gone for us.  We took a conservative approach to this test, as these are the same engines that will be used at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the other early-season races.  So, our focus was to get everyone ready for the start of the season.  We’re looking forward to it.”

 

For a photograph of Honda’s Justin Wilson from the “Spring Training” open test, go to:

http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101708



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