Andretti, Sato lead the way for Honda in Long Beach practice

4/8/2017 12:56:00 AM

  • Marco Andretti posts second-quickest lap in the second practice session
  • Takuma Sato runs fourth, Ryan Hunter-Reay fifth in tight field
  • Dixon leads morning practice as Honda drivers claim six of the top eight positions

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Marco Andretti led the way for Honda in opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, posting the second-fastest lap of the day in his Andretti Autosport Honda.  Teammates Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay ended the day fourth and fifth, respectively, in a closely-bunched field.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon led the field in morning practice, as Honda drivers claimed six of the top eight positions in the first of two IndyCar sessions Friday on the Long Beach temporary street circuit.  St. Petersburg race winner Sebastien Bourdais was third in the morning session, and eighth overall on the day.  Other Honda drivers in the top eight in the morning included James Hinchcliffe, fourth; Alexander Rossi, sixth; Hunter-Reay, seventh; and Tony Kanaan, eighth.

Activities on the temporary street circuit continue tomorrow with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday's 80-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Marco Andretti (Andretti Auto Sport Honda): "The UFD car is on edge, but I think that's where we need to be, to be quick. I like the predictability of the car. I felt like I could drive it to the limit, which is important to be able to wring it out in qualifying. I'm pleased with the pace and the speed we had all through testing, so it's good to keep the pace here and back it up. We really need to convert this pace into results, and I really think we can." 

Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Circuit: Long Beach Convention Center (1.968-mile street circuit) Long Beach, CA
2015 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 100.592 mph average
Weather:  Sunny, mild, 68 degrees F

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:


Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.0800

 

  2.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.3576

 

  3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.3797

 

  4.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.5538

 

  5.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.5698

 

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.5926

 

  7.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:07.6357

 

  8.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:07.6811

 

  9.

JR Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.7496

 

10.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:07.7712

 

Other Honda Results


11.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:07.7890

 

12.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:07.8118

 

13.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:07.9643

 

16.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.1699

 

17.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.3624

 

19.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:08.5507

 

21.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:09.3705

 

 

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