Grand Prix of Long Beach Practice Report

Story posted - Apr 20 2013 12:13 AM

Honda Racing Report
Friday, April 19, 2013
Grand Prix of Long Beach Practice Report
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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