Honda Racing Report - Practice Report - Grand Prix of Long Beach

4/19/2013

Circuit:                 Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.986-mile street circuit) Long Beach, CA

2012 Winer:          Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet) 88.021 mph average

Weather:               Sunny, warm, 84 degrees F

 

Top-10 Results:

Ps.

Driver     

Team

Engine - Chassis

Best Time

Speed/Notes

1.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.4224

102.054 mph

2.

Mike Conway

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.4603

 

3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.5166

 

4.

Tristan Vautier

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:09.5657

 

5.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.6608

 

6.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.7664

 

7.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

1:09.7829

 

8.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:09.7891

 

9.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

1:09.8157

 

10.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing  

Honda Dallara

1:09.9197

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

12.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing              

Honda Dallara

1:10.1028

 

13.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:10.1479

 

14.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

1:10.1906

 

15.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Honda Dallara

1:10.2081

 

16.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports

Honda Dallara

1:10.2472

 

23.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

1:10.8156

 

24.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing              

Honda Dallara

1:11.0011

 

 

                                                                          

      Conway Leads Honda Charge Friday at Long Beach

 

Making his first appearance of the season for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Mike Conway led the Honda effort Friday in IZOD IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.  The quickest car for most of both practice sessions, the veteran British driver was edged out of the top spot in the final moments of the quicker afternoon session by a last-lap effort from defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

 

Conway was second-quickest in each of the two practice sessions and on the day, while IndyCar rookie Tristan Vautier continued to impress, fourth quickest for Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.  James Jakes, Alext Tagliani and Dario Franchitti finished sixth through eighth, respectively, while Takuma Sato made it six Honda-powered cars in the top 10. 

 

Action at the Grand Prix of Long Beach continues Saturday with a final practice, followed by “Fast Six” knockout qualifying.  Sunday’s 80-lap race, the third round in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Mike Conway (#17 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara) second-fastest in practice Friday for the Grand Prix of Long Beach:  "The car was great.  From the outset, we had a good balance and we ended up top-two in both sessions, so that was nice and encouraging for the rest of the weekend.  It was a good start – a good job from all the guys.  I am looking forward to [qualifying] tomorrow.  We have a few areas to work on to be quicker.  If we can improve those areas, we’ll be good.”

 

 


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