Honda IndyCar Long Beach Practice Report

4/17/2015

Honda Racing Report

Friday, April 17, 2015

 

Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday Practice Report

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

2014 winner:     Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing] 82.362 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F 

       
   
 
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Top-10 Friday Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.5485

104.885 mph average

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.5855

+0.0370 seconds

  3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.9132

 

  4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.9671

 

  5.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:08.0539

 

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:08.0900

 

  7.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:08.1294

 

  8.

Stebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

1:08.1417

 

  9.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.2978

 

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.3125

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

1:08.3468

 

13.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.4120

 

17.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.4868

 

18.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:08.5227

 

19.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.6412

 

21.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:08.9228

 

22.

Rocky Moran Jr.-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:11.1072

 

23.

Francesco Dracone-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:11.2761

 

             

 

Rahal, Hunter-Reay Head Friday Practice for Honda at Long Beach

·       Rahal posts seventh-quickest time in afternoon practice session

·       Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Honda effort in morning practice, third-quickest

 

Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay led the Honda field in Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Rahal, debuting his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda in the colors of new sponsor Steak & Shake, ran seventh fastest in the afternoon practice and for the day. 

 

Andretti Autosport’s Hunter-Reay posted the third-quickest time around the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in the morning practice, but slipped down the order in the quicker afternoon session and ended the day ninth overall.  Teammate Marco Andretti rounded out the top 10 in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

 

Activities continue Saturday with a final practice session, followed by “Fast Six” knockout qualifying that will set the 23-car field for Sunday’s race.  The third round of the 16-race 2015 season starts at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal(#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) 7th fastest in Friday practice:  “We had a mechanical issue this morning and only got to run a handful of laps. But the second practice was more of what we expected. Our car was good, and we are the fastest Honda, but we have a little work to do to catch the Penskes. I was on a lap that was about a tenth [of a second] and a half quicker, but I just messed it up, ate too much curb off in Turn 8 and lost it.  I feel like there is a lot of potential. But we’re pretty close and if you put Will, Simon and a few others aside, we’re kind of the best of the rest, but we’ll keep fighting hard to improve tomorrow. We’re in the hunt.”



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