Sato Heads Honda 1-2 at St. Petersburg Practice

3/28/2014

Honda Racing Report

Friday, March 28, 2014

 

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Friday Practice

Circuit:                             Bayfront Park (1.8.-mile temporary street circuit), St. Petersburg, Fla.

2012 Winner:     James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport), 83.539 mph race average

Weather:           Overcast, scattered light rain, 67 degrees F

       
   
 
 

 

Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

 

  1.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:02.5615

103.578 mph avg.

 

  2.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:02.6122

 +0.0507 sec

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.6443

 

 

  4.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:02.8178

 

 

  5.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1:02.9129

 

 

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:02.9326

 

 

  7.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:02.9385

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

  8.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:03.0142

 

 

  9.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:03.0510

 

 

10.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV

Chevrolet Dallara

1:03.0671

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:03.0793

 

 

12.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:03.1769

 

 

13.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:03.1814

 

 

14.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:03.2045

 

 

15.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:03.2846

 

 

18.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:03.4077

 

 

22.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:04.3482

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

Sato Heads Honda 1-2 as 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Opens in St. Petersburg

·       Honda drivers claim five of top seven positions in practice

·       First race of 2014 season takes place on Sunday

 

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series opened Friday on the downtown harborfront streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, with a pair of practice sessions topped by Honda-powered drivers.

 

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato posted the fastest time of the afternoon, and overall for the day, with a best lap of 1:02.5615 [103.578 mph] around the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit, after running third-quickest in the morning session.  Officially sporting National Guard colors for the first time, Graham Rahal ran second quickest in the afternoon and for the day, as Honda drivers claimed five of the top seven positions overall.

 

In the slightly slower morning session, Honda drivers ran 1-2-3, led by defending race winner James Hinchcliffe for Andretti Autosport, followed by Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson and Sato. 

 

Activities continue Saturday with a final practice session, followed by Firestone Fast Six qualifying that will set the 22-car field for Sunday’s 110-lap race.  The opening round in the 18-race 2014 season starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, with live television coverage on ABC.

 

Takuma Sato (#14 ABC Building Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) quickest in Friday practice:  "I am very excited to be back in St. Petersburg and to be back on track after the long off-season.  The conditions [overcast and scattered light rain] were not very representative of the usual St. Petersburg weather, but still the car worked really well and we made good progress today.  Let’s hope this continues as we go into qualifying [on Saturday].”



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