Rahal, Sato lead Honda Effort Friday at Mid-Ohio

7/31/2015

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Friday, July 31, 2015

 

Honda Indy 200

Circuit:                             Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, OH

2014 Winner:     Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 108.140 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

Top-10 Friday Practice Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Time

Notes

  1.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:05.9645

 

  2.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing Technology

Chevrolet

1:06.0190

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:06.0781

 

  4.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:06.1049

 

  5.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:06.1361

 

  6.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:06.1545

 

  7.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:06.2551

 

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.3202

 

  9.

Josef Newgarden

Carpenter Fisher Hartman

Chevrolet

1:06.3823

 

10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.4977

 

Other Honda-powered Results

12.

Ryan Briscoe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:06.5463

 

13.

James Jakes

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:06.6016

 

15.

Tristan Vautier

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:06.6702

 

16.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.6921

 

17.

Gabby Chaves-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda

1:06.7242

 

21.

Justin Wilson

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.9625

 

24.

Rodolfo Gonzalez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:07.6283

 

 

 

Rahal, Sato Head Honda Practice Effort at Mid-Ohio

·       Championship challenger Rahal runs fourth for Honda, Sato fifth

·        Five Honda drivers post top-10 times

·       Qualifying for Honda Indy 200 set for Saturday

 

Hometown favorite Graham Rahal led the way for Honda in practice Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, posting the fourth quickest time in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.  A race winner earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway in California, Rahal is currently ranked second in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ championship, 42 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya, who was 22nd on the time sheets today in a 24-car field.

 

Takuma Sato ended the day fifth quickest for A.J. Foyt Racing, just three-thousandths of a second behind Rahal.  In all, five Honda drivers recorded top-10 times in practice, with Sato’s teammate Jack Hawksworth, seventh, followed by Marco Andretti, leading the four-car Andretti Autosport effort in eighth.  Also driving for the Andretti team, Iowa race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out today’s top 10. 

 

Activities at Mid-Ohio continue Saturday with final practice and “knock-out” qualifying. Sunday’s 90-lap race starts at 2 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the CNBC Network.

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda):  “Today was good. The car is a bit of a handful for sure, but if we can be as close as we are with it like it is, then I feel good about where we can be going forward.  We’ve just got to keep working hard, keep our heads down and we’ll be just fine.  For sure we have a little bit of work to do tonight.  Being the top Honda and fourth overall feels good, but I want to be P1. This is the home race, both for us and Honda, and there are only three races to go, so I want to be up at the front.”



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