Rahal Leads Honda Effort at Mid-Ohio

7/29/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Friday, July 29, 2016

 

Honda Indy 200

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

2015 Winner:     Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) 105.720 mph average

Weather:           Partly sunny, humid, afternoon rain, 77 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.1962

126.624 mph average

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:04.4491

 

  3.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:04.4663

 

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.5353

 

  5.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:04.5982

 

  6.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.6034

 

  7.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:04.6392

 

  8.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:04.6429

 

  9.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:04.7217

 

10.

RC Enerson-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:04.7284

 

Other Honda Results

11.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:04.7559

 

13.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:04.8599

 

15.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:04.9086

 

16.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:04.9366

 

17.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:04.9579

 

18.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:04.9843

 

20.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:05.0988

 

21.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:05.2645

 

22.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:05,2977

 

 

Rahal, Honda Seek Mid-Ohio Repeat

·       2015 hometown winner Graham Rahal leads Honda pack in Friday practice

·       Afternoon session interrupted by rain showers

·       Rookie Enerson impresses with top-10 time

 

Defending Honda Indy 200 race winner Graham Rahal led the Honda field in Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, posting the fourth-fastest time in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda in a rain-shortened afternoon session and ending the day fifth overall in combined session times.

 

Making an impressive IndyCar Series debut, rookie RC Enerson rounded out the top-10 in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda, with James Hinchcliffe 11th, only three hundredths of a second behind.  Activities at the Honda Indy 200 continue Saturday with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday’s 90-lap race starts at 2 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on CNBC.

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda):  “The track can change so much in a short amount of time, and that why it’s hard to test here.  Some teams don’t.  With all the GT and other [support series] cars racing, there are a lot of different types of rubber on the track, just a lot of cars, period. We definitely improved the Steak ‘n Shake car in the second practice. We got a decent lap in at the end. The rain did catch me on the last part of the lap but we were fourth fastest [in the session], so we’ll take it.  When you come here as a single car team, it’s tough. It’s all on you as the lone individual, whereas Penske, for instance, has four cars to share the data. It’s not easy, but my guys have done an excellent job of keeping their heads down and fighting hard.  Obviously, we want to win here; we want to go back-to-back. It’s a big weekend for myself, for all of our sponsors like Honda, Steak ‘n Shake, PennGrade and everyone that is heavily involved and makes this happen.  I hope we can have a solid weekend.”



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