Honda IndyCar Long Beach Friday Practice Report

4/11/2014

Honda Racing Report

Friday, April 11, 2014

 

Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday Practice

Circuit:                             Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.

2012 Winner:     Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing Honda), 83.763 mph race average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 78 degrees F

       
   
 
 

 

Combined Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

 

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1:09.1488

102.457 mph avg.

 

  2.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.1608

+0.0120 sec.

 

  3.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:09.4409

 

 

  4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:09.4524

 

 

  5.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.4980

 

 

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.5356

 

 

  7.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.6173

 

 

  8.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:09.6537

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

  9.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.6987

 

 

10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:09.7242

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results

12.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:09.8086

 

 

13.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:09.8158

 

 

15.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:09.8761

 

 

18.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:09.9926

 

 

19.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:09.9968

 

 

20.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:10.1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:10.2469

 

 

 

 

Pagenaud Heads Verizon IndyCar Series Practice at Long Beach

·       Honda drivers claim four of top six positions in practice

·       Honda-powered James Hinchcliffe leads morning session

 

Honda-powered drivers led the way in Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday for the 40th annual running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, with Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe pacing the opening, morning session and Simon Pagenaud claiming the honors for the second practice, and the day, in the afternoon session, aboard his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Honda.

 

Honda drivers claimed four of the top six positions in each of the two hour-long sessions, with rookie Jack Hawksworth continuing to impress, ending the day third quickest for Bryan Herta Autosport.  Defending race winner Takuma Sato was fourth for A.J. Foyt Racing, with Josef Newgarden sixth for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

 

Activities continue Saturday in Long Beach with a final practice session, followed by Firestone Fast Six qualifying that will set the 23-car field for Sunday’s 80-lap race.  The second round of the 18-race 2014 season starts at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) quickest in Friday practice:  "I think the team’s done a great job over the winter at improving the car on the curbs and on the bumps.  I feel pretty confident this weekend, and we’ve got a good package here.  Obviously, you will need to adapt to the changes to the track that take place as the weekend continues and all the series racing here put down different rubber.  Qualifying will be quite exciting tomorrow.”



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