Honda IndyCar Houston Friday Practice Report

6/27/2014

Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 27, 2014

 

Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Friday Practice Report

Circuit:                             NRG Park (1.63-mile temporary street circuit) Houston, Texas

2013 Winners:   Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 76.856 mph average

                            Race 2 Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) 78.444 mph average

Weather:           Mostly cloudy, humid, 86 degrees F

       
   
 
 

 

Combined Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Engine – Chassis

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

1:00.1415

97.809 mph avg.

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.4427

 

  3.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.6428

 

  4.

Luca Filippi-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:00.6735

 

  5.

Helio Castoneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.6905

 

  6.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:00.7031

 

  7.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:00.7577

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:00.7610

 

  9.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.7700

 

10.

Tony Kanaan

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.8355

 

Other Honda-powered Result

12.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:00.9191

 

13.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:00.9854

 

14.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:00.9989

 

15.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:01.1412

 

16.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:01.1977

 

17.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:01.3479

 

18.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:01.4330

 

20.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:01.5678

 

 

Pagenaud, Honda Lead Houston Practice

·       Rookies Luca Filippi and Mikhail Aleshin post top-five times

·       Honda drivers claim five of top eight positions in practice

 

As in Detroit earlier this month, Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud led the field in Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday for the Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, Presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers.  Pagenaud paced the second, and quicker, of the day’s two practice sessions after posting the second-fastest time in the morning. 

 

Honda drivers claimed five of the top eight positions, with series returnee Luca Filippi fourth on the day for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Pagenaud’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, sixth overall.  James Hinchcliffe placed seventh for Andretti Autosport with Takuma Sato eighth fastest for A.J. Foyt Racing.

 

Activities continue Saturday in Houston with qualifying and the first of this weekend’s two 90-lap races.  The ninth and tenth rounds of the 18-race 2014 season start at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with live television coverage of both races on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) quickest in Friday practice:  "The Oculus car was really orange, and really fast today. I'm feeling very confident because we unloaded fast and we've made minimal changes through the day. It's fun to drive a fast car, and the Honda power is strong here. The track is very improved this year. We just need to keep up with the track as it changes, since the car was pretty much perfect today. If we're good tomorrow on the Firestone Red tires, we should be in good shape."



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