Sato, Rahal Lead Honda Attack in Milwaukee

7/11/2015

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, July 11, 2015

 

ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250, Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers

Circuit:                             The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.

2014 Winner:     Will Power (Team Penske) 145.243 mph average

Weather:           Mostly cloudy, mild, 73 degrees F

 

Top-10 Saturday Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Speed

Notes

  1.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

169.626

 

  2.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

169.408

 

  3.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

168.777

 

  4.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

168.094

 

  5.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

167.702

 

  6.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

167.425

 

  7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

166.550

 

  8.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

166.283

 

  9.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

166.249

 

10.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

166.135

 

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Ryan Briscoe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

165.992

 

14.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

165.079

 

16.

Justin Wilson

Andretti Autosport

Honda

164.244

 

18.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

164.135

 

19.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

164.015

 

20.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

163.923

 

23.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

161.209

 

24.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

155.723

 

 

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Sato, Rahal Head Honda Practice Effort at The Milwaukee Mile

·       First short oval race of 2015

·       Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Jakes also post top-10 speeds

·       Qualifying, race take place on Sunday

 

Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Saturday at The Milwaukee Mile, finishing the sole practice session of the day in third and fourth, respectively, in preparation for Sunday’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. 

 

Rahal, winner of the series’ most recent race at Auto Club Speedway, spent most of the 75-minute session solidly in third, while Sato briefly went to the top of the charts in the final 20 minutes, slipping down to third – with Rahal fourth – as most of the field made gains just prior to the checkers. 

 

Among those improving in the final minutes, Ryan Hunter-Reay found speed in his final run to finish seventh for Andretti Autosport, while James Jakes jumped to ninth in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

 

Activities at The Milwaukee Mile continue tomorrow with a final practice, followed by qualifying.  Sunday’s 250-lap race begins at 5 p.m. EDT with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 4th fastest:  “Right away the balance of the car was really good, I was definitely pleased with it. It was pretty comfortable, so we were able to push forward and try some things with the setup.  I think we made the car a lot better. It’s definitely going to be interesting to follow a bunch of cars [in the race].  Based on what some guys were saying, they seemed to struggle pretty bad. That’s going to make it an interesting race. I didn’t really get a run there at the end of the session to get the most out of the car, but it’s definitely good."



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