Honda IndyCar St. Petersburg Friday Practice Report

3/27/2015

Honda Racing Report

Friday, March 27, 2014

 

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Friday Practice Report

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

2014 winner:     Will Power (Team Penske) 93.572 mph average

Weather:           Afternoon rain showers, 72 degrees F 

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.4709

105.416 mph average

  2.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.6996

+0.2287 seconds

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.7000

 

  4.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.7777

 

  5.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

1:01.8439

 

  6.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

1:01.8713

 

  7.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.9536

 

  8.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.9971

 

  9.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:02.0188

 

10.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:02.0613

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:02.1274

 

 

13.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:02.1850

 

 

14.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:02.2293

 

 

15.

Simona de Silvestro

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:02.2805

 

 

19.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:02.4502

 

 

20.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:02.6453

 

 

21.

Carlos Huertas

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:02.6747

 

 

22.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:02.7198

 

 

23.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:02.8613

 

 

24.

Francesco Dracone-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:05.0129

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

Hawksworth Leads Rain-Shortened Friday in St. Petersburg

·       Opening day for 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season

·       Hawksworth, Hinchcliffe pace the Honda field

·       First race for Honda HI15RTT V6 engine and Honda aero kits

 

The Verizon IndyCar Series opened its 2015 season Friday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, running a single 90-minute practice prior to afternoon showers canceling the second scheduled session.  Two familiar Honda drivers, both with new teams for 2015, led the way for the manufacturer today with Jack Hawksworth ending the day sixth fastest for A.J. Foyt Racing, and James Hinchcliffe just behind, seventh overall, in his debut with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

 

Today’s activities marked the official competition debut of the twin-turbocharged Honda HI15RTT V6 Indy engine, and manufacturer-specific bodywork, known as aero kits, new to Indy car for 2015,

 

Activities continue Saturday with a final practice session, followed by “Fast Six” knockout qualifying that will set the 24-car field for Sunday’s 110-lap race.  The opening round of the 16-race 2015 season starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, with live television coverage on ABC.

 

Allen Miller(Race Team Leader, Honda Performance Development) on today’s opening practice"This is a very different race car from last season, and we still have much to learn, along with our teams.  It’s a shame we could not get in more running time this afternoon, both for the fans and ourselves, as our knowledge grows with every lap we complete. But the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend is excellent, and we should have an exciting qualifying session tomorrow and race on Sunday.”



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