Sato Heads Honda 1-2-3 in Friday Practice for Honda Indy GP of Alabama

4/22/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Friday, April 22, 2016

 

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Circuit:                             Barber Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course) Birmingham, AL

2015 Winner:     Josef Newgarden (Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing) 107.176 mph average

Weather:           Scattered showers, mild, 73 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:07.2157

2nd session

  2.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:07.2197

2nd session

  3.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.2455

2nd session

  4.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.3399

1st session

  5.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.3434

2nd session

  6.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:07.3494

2nd session

  7.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.3871

2nd session

  8.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.4151

2nd session

  9.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.4693

2nd session

10.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.4994

2nd session

Other Honda-powered Results

11.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.5831

2nd session

12.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.5951

2nd session

13.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.6744

2nd session

15.

Luca Filippi

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:07.7963

1st session

16.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.8069

2nd session

19.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:08.0137

2nd session

21.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:08.5240

1st session

 

 

A.J. Foyt Racing Heads Honda 1-2-3 in Opening Day Practice in Alabama

·       Sato, Hawksworth, Hinchcliffe lead Friday practice sessions

·       Rahal gives Honda four of the top six positions

·       Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama runs Sunday

 

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth led a 1-2-3 for Honda Friday in Verizon IndyCar Series practice at Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  Following on the heels of his eighth-place result last week at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top three on the time charts for Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

 

One of the stars of last year’s race, when he finished second after a late-race charge, Graham Rahal was sixth on the time sheets today, to give Honda four of the top six positions.   Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Honda-powered race winner, just missed the top 10 to end the day 11th overall.

 

Activities at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama continue tomorrow, with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday’s 90-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Takuma Sato (#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda):  "It's been a very good day for the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt team. This is not the result of just one single day. It was the winter testing, and especially the last test here, because the weather was warm and gave us a good foundation and understanding of the car. The engineering department did a tremendous job, working in so much detail and bringing everything together. The car and the Honda engine are working really well. It's a great feeling because the competition level is so high and we are on top of the game today. We'll go through the data and look for where we can improve. In qualifying the red tire could behave differently, so all is not perfect but I think we learned a lot and it's been very positive."



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