Honda, Dixon lead opening day practice in St. Petersburg

3/10/2017

Honda, Scott Dixon Set The Pace in Practice at Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

·       Dixon leads afternoon session and the day

·       Marco Andretti paces morning practice

·       2017 Verizon IndyCar Series opens Sunday

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 10, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon led the field in “opening day” practice to officially start the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season Friday in advance of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. 

 

Dixon’s best lap of 1:02.5591 around the waterfront St. Petersburg circuit was the quickest in the afternoon practice, as Honda drivers claimed six of the top 10 positions on the day.  Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais ended Friday in third through fifth, respectively, with James Hinchcliffe seventh overall.  Marco Andretti led the morning practice, and finished the day eighth overall.

 

Activities on the temporary street circuit continue tomorrow with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday’s 110-lap season-opening race starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on ABC.

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I think it started generally well. We’ve done some good homework in the offseason for ourselves, to see how the competition stacks up. I think tomorrow will be interesting once the other competitors turn it up.  We'll see where it goes. I was generally comfortable today, in a different rhythm from what I had here previously with the car. I think we can owe that to some fundamental changes we made throughout winter. At the end of the day, it’s still just Friday – it doesn't pay anything, doesn't mean anything. Hopefully what we learned today, we can continue on and help improve the car come tomorrow, and more importantly for the race on Sunday.”

 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Circuit:       Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit), St. Petersburg, FL

Weather:    Sunny, mild, 77 degrees

 

Combined Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Average Speed/Notes

 

  1.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:02.5591

103.582 mph

 

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:02.8416

+0.2825 seconds

 

  3.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:02.8545

 

 

  4.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing             

Honda

1:02.8748

 

 

  5.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:02.9056

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:02.9074

 

 

  7.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:02.9828

 

 

  8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:03.0255

 

 

  9.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:03.1462

 

 

10

Carlos Munoz

A.J. Foyt Racing

Chevrolet

1:03.1495

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:03.2416

 

 

14.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:03.3057

 

 

15.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport 

Honda

1:03.3199

 

 

16.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:03.3281

 

 

17.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:03.4818

 

 

19.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:03.6466

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

1:22.7164

 

21.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport 

Honda

1:04.5836

 

 

 



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