Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis Thursday Practice Report

5/8/2014

Honda Racing Report

Thursday, May 8, 2014

 

Grand Prix of Indianapolis Thursday Practice

Circuit:                             Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roadcourse (2.439-mile road course), Indianapolis, IN

2013 Winner:     N/A [inaugural event]

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 87 degrees F

       
   
 
 

 

Combined Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

 

  1.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:10.4654

124.606 mph avg.

 

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1:10.4845

+0.0191 sec.

 

  3.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:10.5150

 

 

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:10.5672

 

 

  5.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:10.6681

 

 

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:10.7558

 

 

  7.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:10.7893

 

 

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:10.7937

 

 

  9.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:10.7980

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:10.8113

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results

15.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:10.9485

 

 

16.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:11.0120

 

 

18.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:11.0188

 

 

19.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:11.0400

 

 

23.

Oriol Servia

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:11.3932

 

 

24.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda Dallara

1:11.3987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pagenaud Leads Honda Effort in Practice for Grand Prix of Indianapolis

·       Honda drivers claim seven of top 10 positions in practice

·       Rookie Aleshin, veterans Hinchcliffe, Rahal and Hunter-Reay quick for Honda

 

Verizon IndyCar Series practice began Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, with Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud posting the second-fastest time around the 2.439-mile road course laid out inside the grounds of the famed 2.5-mile oval.

 

Times fell throughout the day as drivers and teams learned more about the newest layout on the IndyCar circuit, a revision of the road course previously used by Formula One, sports cars and MotoGP.  Scott Dixon bettered Pagenaud in the final minutes of the afternoon practice to claim top honors for the day, while Mikhail Aleshin led the five rookies in the field, posting the fifth-fastest time in his Schmidt Peterson Honda. 

 

A quartet of Honda-powered veterans rounded out the top ten, led by James Hinchcliffe in sixth, and followed by Graham Rahal, Barber race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Justin Wilson and Marco Andretti, seventh through tenth, respectively.  Activities continue Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a final practice session, followed by Firestone Fast Six qualifying that will set the 25-car field for Saturday’s 82-lap race.  The fourth round of the 2014 season starts at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday, with live television coverage on ABC.

 

Simon Pagenaud (#77 DHL Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) 2nd-quickest in Thursday practice:  "This is a very nice track.  It’s flowing, has good rhythm and – best of all – it’s in Indy!  It’s also definitely the smoothest road course we race on, so congratulations to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a job well done.  The track also will be a great one for passing.  I think the start and every restart should be exciting o



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