Rahal Again Heads Honda Effort in Toronto

6/12/2015

Honda Racing Report

Friday, June 12, 2015

Honda Indy Toronto

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

2014 Winners:   Race 1 Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) 90.370 mph average

                            Race 2 Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing]  73.168 mph average [rain]

Weather:           Morning, afternoon showers, mild, 72 degrees F

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Top 10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.6343

104.198 mph average

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.7922

 

  3.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:00.8363

 

  4.

Luca Filippi

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:00.8500

 

  5.

Sebastien Bourdais

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet

1:00.8620

 

  6.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.8656

 

  7.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.8788

 

  8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:00.9330

 

  9.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.0852

 

10.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:01.1977

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

1:01.2562

 

13.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:01.2640

 

14.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.3277

 

15.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.4586

 

16.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.4588

 

18.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.5950

 

19.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:02.2061

 

21.

Conor Daly-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:02.6453

 

22.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:02.8632

 

23.

Rodolfo Gonzalez-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:03.4852

 

             

Rahal Leads Honda Effort in Toronto Practice

·       Graham Rahal continues run of strong road-course, street-circuit performances

·       Rain dampens afternoon activities

 

Graham Rahal led the way for Honda in practice action Friday on Toronto’s Exhibition Place street circuit, in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.  The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver, coming off a run of three podium finishes in the last four Verizon IndyCar Series road- and street-course races, was eighth fastest in today’s opening practice session.

 

Afternoon rain showers kept the field parked in pit lane throughout the scheduled 45-minute second practice, though weather forecasts call for sunny skies and mild temperatures throughout the rest of the race weekend.  The morning session was notable for the number of teammates posting similar times throughout the field, including the A.J. Foyt Racing Hondas of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato running 12th and 13th, respectively; with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay 15th, followed by teammates Carlos Munoz, 16th and Marco Andretti, 18th.

 

Activities continue in Toronto with final practice and “knockout” elimination qualifying on Saturday.  The 85-lap 10th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season start at 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal(#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda):  “We had a really good start. I don’t think we got the ultimate out of the car, but we were still right up there in the mix, so I’m pretty pleased. I obviously wish we would have gotten the second session in, but the weather didn’t cooperate. We have seen a lot of rain this year, unfortunately. but the weather looks good for the next couple of days so I’m excited to get back out there.  The track was rough, but really similar to previous years.  Hopefully we can get back out there and continue to improve, have a good qualifying session and good race.”



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