Andretti, Honda Pace Practice Friday at Barber Motorsports Park

4/21/2017

Andretti, Honda Head the Field Friday at Barber Motorsports Park

·       Marco Andretti posts quickest lap in the second practice session

·       Honda drivers claim six of the top-10 positions in Friday practice

·       Less than a half-second covers the top eight in tight field

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 21, 2017) – Marco Andretti led the way for Honda in opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, posting the fastest lap of the day in his Andretti Autosport Honda during the second of two practice sessions Friday at Barber Motorsports Park.

 

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball finished the day fifth and seventh, respectively, all within 48 hundredths of a second of Andretti’s chart-topping time of one minute, 7.7134 around the hilly 2.3-mile Barber road circuit.

 

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of Mikhail Aleshin ended the day eighth overall, with the Hondas of championship leader Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the top 10.

 

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

 

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport Honda): "We were just trying to make an educated guess on what the ‘reds’ [alternate, softer-compound tires] would be like and I think we did a good job here today, just as we did at Long Beach.  We just need to do it when it counts [in qualifying] tomorrow. You know, it's very important to qualify well here, so I'm pleased that we have the pace to hopefully do that. But yeah, I mean, so far, so good. We just need to replicate it tomorrow.”

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)“It wasn’t a terrible day overall for the NTT DATA car. We are working through some things, and trying to get the balance of the car right where I want it. Honda and the team are working hard on it and we hope to move up the order in qualifying tomorrow.”

 

 

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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

2015 Winner:     Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 114.254 mph average

Weather:           Sunny, warm, 84 degrees F

 

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.7134

 

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.7454

 

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.8305

 

  4.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.9044

 

  5.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:07.9119

 

  6.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:08.1822

 

  7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.1996

 

  8.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.2032

 

  9.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:08.2319

 

10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.3447

 

Other Honda Results

11.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.3955

 

12.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:08.4560

 

15.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:08.5585

 

16.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.5896

 

17.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.6668

 

18.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.7159

 

20.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:08.8129

 

 



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