Rossi, Hinchcliffe Head Honda Field Friday at Road America

6/23/2017 11:11:00 PM

  • Alexander Rossi leads morning session, ends day fifth overall
  • Hinchcliffe posts sixth-fastest time
  • All five Honda teams represented in top 10

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi led the first of two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions Friday at Road America, and finished the day fifth overall in preparation for Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix. 

After leading the morning session, Rossi went off course early in the second practice and lost time in pit lane while minor damage was repaired.  James Hinchcliffe posted the quickest time for Honda and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team in the afternoon session to end the day in sixth.

All five Honda Indy car teams placed at least one car in the top nine results, with rookie Ed Jones continuing to impress for Dale Coyne Racing by running seventh.  Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon posted the eighth-quickest time, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal ninth.  Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top 10 in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Activities continue Saturday at Road America with final practice and qualifying for Sunday's 55-lap, 220-mile race. The 10th round of the 17-race 2017 season begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda): "We set our quickest lap on the second run on "reds" [softer compound, alternate tires].  I think the fact that we were able to do that shows there's inherent speed in the car. It was a bit of disjointed [afternoon] session with the "off" in the beginning, so we were kind of playing catch up after that, but I think the car is good. We need to make a couple of little tweaks overnight to get me more comfortable, but I feel good about the pace the car has today."

Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix
Circuit:              Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.
2016 Winner:    Will Power (Team Penske) 121.426 mph average
Weather:           Sunny, mild, 78 degrees F

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:42.8229

Practice 2

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:42.8721

Practice 2

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:43.1370

Practice 2

  4.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:43.2227

Practice 2

  5.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:43.3285

Practice 1

  6.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:43.4802

Practice 2

  7.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:43.6812

Practice 2

  8.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:43.7425

Practice 2

  9.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:43.7540

Practice 2

10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:43.7607

Practice 2

Other Honda Results


11.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:43.7931

Practice 2

13.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:43.8871

Practice 2

14.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:44.0036

Practice 2

15.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:44.0183

Practice 2

16.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:44.0413

Practice 2

17.

Esteban Gutierriez-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:44.0868

Practice 2

20.

Robert Wickens-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:44.7085

Practice 2

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