Honda IndyCar Toronto Practice Report

7/18/2014

Honda Racing Report

Friday, July 18, 2014

 

Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Friday Practice Report

Circuit:                             Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada

2013 Winners:   Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 88.370 mph average

                            Race 2 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 94.177 mph average

Weather:           Mostly 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

1:00.0084

105.285 mph avg.

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.0218

 

  3.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.0769

 

  4.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.0932

 

  5.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:00.0937

 

  6.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.1786

 

  7.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.3021

 

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:00.3077

 

  9.

Ryan Briscoe

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

1:00.5359

 

10.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:00.5477

 

Other Honda-powered Result

11.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:00.6086

 

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:00.6538

 

13.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:00.6579

 

15.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:00.8693

 

16.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:00.9142

 

17.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

1:00.9263

 

20.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:00.9571

 

21.

Luca Filippi-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:01.0550

 

23.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

1:01.2667

 

 

Pagenaud, Honda Lead Toronto Practice

·       Honda drivers top the time charts in both practice sessions

·       Newgarden leads the field in the morning, Pagenaud in the afternoon

·       Doubleheader weekend features races both Saturday and Sunday

 

As in both previous doubleheader race weekends this season – Detroit and Houston – Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud led the field in Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday for the Honda Indy Toronto.  Pagenaud headed the second, and quicker, of the day’s two practice sessions after fellow Honda driver Josef Newgarden paced the morning session.

 

Other Honda drivers near the front of the 23-car field included hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe, fifth overall; last weekend’s Iowa Speedway winner and Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, eighth, and rookie points leader Carlos Munoz, 10th.

 

Activities continue Saturday in Toronto with qualifying and the first of this weekend’s two 85-lap races.  The 13th and 14th 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:  “It’s always a challenge in Toronto because of the pavement changes from asphalt to concrete. Practice went well for us. Our sponsor, Oculus, is a Canadian company so it’s great to shine here. The car is beautiful, similar to Houston, so I feel confident.”

 

 



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