Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

3/10/2016

 

Honda Racing Report

 

Friday, March 11, 2016

 

 

 

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

 

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

 

2014 Winner:  Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske) 86.735 mph average

 

Weather:         Sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

 

 

Top-12 Practice Session Results:

 

Ps.

Driver    

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:00.9431

 

  2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:00.9573

 

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.1796

 

  4.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:01.2924

 

  5.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing   

Honda

1:01.3246

 

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.3334

 

  7.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.3745

 

  8.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing   

Honda

1:01.3808

 

  9.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.4280

 

10.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.4296

 

11.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.4819

 

12.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:01.5034

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results

 

13.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andrettti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:01.5198

 

16.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:01.5655

 

20.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing             

Honda

1:01.8598

 

21.

Luca Filippi

Dale Coyne Racing             

Honda

1:01.2879

 

22.

Spencer Pigot-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:02.3670

 

 

 

 

Rahal Leads Honda in Opening Day Practice at St. Petersburg

 

  • Two-time 2015 race winner runs fourth as 2016 season opens

  • Honda drivers claim five of top eight, seven of top 12 positions

  • Rossi bests rookies with 13th fastest time

 

 

 

Graham Rahal picked up where he left off at the end of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, leading the Honda field in “opening day” practice to officially start the 2016 season in advance of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

 

 

 

Rahal’s best lap of 1:10.2924 was fourth on the day, just ahead of three fellow Honda drivers as no fewer than 10 drivers in the 22-car field bettered the quickest time recorded on Friday in last year’s event.  Takuma Sato, James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Munoz and Jack Hawksworth ended the day fifth through eighth, respectively, with Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay also placing in the top 12.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda):  "I’m pleased with the performance of the Steak ‘n Shake car there at the end [of the session].  The guys did a great job getting the changes we needed done over the lunch break and putting us in a pretty good spot. We’ve got a little bit of work to do but all in all we are closing the gap.”

 

 

 



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