Hawksworth Heads Hondas Friday at Watkins Glen

9/2/2016

Nil: Honda Racing Report

Friday, September 2, 2016

 

IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen

Circuit:                             Watkins Glen International Raceway (3.37-mile road course) Watkins Glen, NY

2010 Winner:     Will Power (Penske Racing) 120.768 mph average (most recent IndyCar race)

Weather:           Partly sunny, mild, 74 degrees F

 

Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:22.8740

146.391 mph average

  2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:23.0327

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:23.0717

 

  4.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:23.1692

 

  5.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:23.3646

 

  6.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:23.4463

 

  7.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:23.5963

 

  8.

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:23.6279

 

  9.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

1:23.6582

 

10.

Max Chilton-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:23.7107

 

Other Honda Results

12.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda

1:23.7894

 

14.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:23.9543

 

15.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:24.0663

 

16.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:24.1767

 

17.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:24.2625

 

19.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:24.3200

 

20.

RC Enerson-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:24.5840

 

21.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:24.8903

 

22.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:24.9208

 

 

Hawksworth, Rahal Lead Effort Friday at Watkins Glen

·       Hawksworth runs sixth, Rahal seventh, in IndyCar return to the Glen

·       Lap record expected Saturday as times tumble on fresh Watkins Glen pavement

 

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth and Graham Rahal, winner of last weekend’s race in Texas, paced the Honda field Friday in opening practice as the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway for the first time since 2010.

 

Hawkwsworth ran sixth, and Rahal, seventh. A combination of fresh pavement on the full length of the rolling, 3.37-mile Watkins Glen road course, coupled with increased downforce provided by the IndyCar Series road course aero kits, resulted in lap times some five seconds – more than 10 mph – quicker than the last time the open-wheel racers ran here in 2010.

 

Activities at Watkins Glen continue Saturday with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday’s 60-lap race starts at 2 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Jack Hawksworth (#41 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda):  “It was a fun day. We hadn’t tested here so we worked our way into it and ran through our plan [for the day]. It was good because we worked systematically. By the end, I think we had a decent understanding of the track. We had really nice conditions, a really cool track, incredibly fast, I’ve never been to a track like this in my entire life. Literally…never! So, so fast and the grip level is incredible. I mean it’s a three and half-mile track and we’re doing 1:23s, I don’t know what the average speed is, but it’s insane. I really enjoyed it, and we did some good work, so we’ll try to continue that tomorrow and see if we can put it together in qualifying.”



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