Andretti Leads The Way For Honda at IndyCar Test in the West

2/27/2016

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, February 27, 2016

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Test in the West

Circuit:                             Phoenix International Raceway (1.022-mile oval), Avondale, AZ

Weather:           Clear, 84-degrees in the afternoon session, 72-degrees for night sessions

       
   
 
  Nil:

 

Saturday Night Final Practice Session Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Average Speed/Notes

 

  1.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

19.894 sec.

190.894 mph

 

  2.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

19.3351sec.

190.286 mph

 

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

19.3986 sec.

189.663 mph

 

  4.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

19.4998 sec.

188.697 mph

 

  5.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

19.5485 sec.

188.209 mph

 

  6.

Luca Filippi

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

19.6833 sec.

186.920 mph

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

  7.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

19.7424 sec.

186.360 mph

 

  8.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

19.7490 sec.

186.298 mph

 

  9.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

19.7664 sec.

186.134 mph

 

10.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

19.8555 sec.

185.299 mph

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

19.8601 sec.

185.256 mph

15.

Gabby Chaves

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

19.9071 sec.

184.818 mph

19.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

20.0151 sec.

183.821 mph

21.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda

20.1457 sec.

182.630 mph

 

 

Andretti Leads the Way for Honda in Final Pre-Season Practice

·       Two-day open test concludes with Honda drivers second through sixth

·       Marco Andretti leads Honda contingent in “The Test in the West”

·       2016 Verizon IndyCar Series opens March 13 in St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Honda drivers claimed five of the top six positions on the leader board in the final practice session as the two-day Verizon IndyCar Series “Test in the West” came to a close Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway.  Marco Andretti posted the second-fastest speed in the fourth and final three-hour practice session, with his Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, third. 

 

Takuma Sato was fourth in the session for A.J. Foyt Racing, while teammate Jack Hawksworth escaped injury after contacting the Turn Two wall late in the session.  Carlos Munoz rounded out the top five in his Andretti Autosport Honda, with Luca Filippi sixth in his debut with Dale Coyne Racing.  Coyne’s second driver, rookie Conor Daly, rounded out the top eight.  Graham Rahal ran fifth fastest in the opening practice on Friday, and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports duo of James Hinchcliffe and Gabby Chaves also posted competitive speeds, with Hinchcliffe running seventh Friday night and Chaves filling in for Mikhail Aleshin, who was unable to attend the test due to travel issues.

 

This week’s test marked the public debut of the twin-turbocharged Honda HI16RTT V6 Indy engine and updated manufacturer-specific bodywork to be used in 2016.  The Verizon IndyCar Series opens on March 13 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida. Live television coverage of the first round of the 16-race season starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, March 13, on ABC.

 

Allen Miller(Race Team Leader, Honda Performance Development) on this week’s open test"It was a very productive test for Honda.  This was our first time going head-to-head with the competition, with both of us using updated engines and aerodynamic packages for the new season. We’ve learned quite a bit throughout the two days.  We have new systems and new tools in place for 2016, and we’re pretty satisfied with the results, given the recent [aerodynamic] rule changes that we experienced for the first time this week.  Although this was the only ‘open’ test prior to the start of the season, all of our teams will continue to test next week in Sebring [Florida], prior to the season-opener in St. Petersburg in two weeks time.  We’re looking forward to an exciting season in 2016.” 



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