Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday Practice Report

Honda Racing Report

Friday, April 17, 2015

Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday Practice Report

Circuit: Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, CA

2014 winner: Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing] 82.362 mph average

Weather: Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F

Top-10 Friday Practice Results:

Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 1:07.5485 104.885 mph average
2. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 1:07.5855 +0.0370 seconds
3. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 1:07.9132
4. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:07.9671
5. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 1:08.0539
6. Josef Newgarden Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 1:08.0900
7. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 1:08.1294
8. Stebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 1:08.1417
9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 1:08.2978
10. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 1:08.3125

Other Honda-powered Results

11. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:08.3468
13. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:08.4120
17. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 1:08.4868
18. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 1:08.5227
19. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:08.6412
21. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:08.9228
22. Rocky Moran Jr.-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:11.1072
23. Francesco Dracone-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:11.2761

Rahal, Hunter-Reay Head Friday Practice for Honda at Long Beach

  • Rahal posts seventh-quickest time in afternoon practice session

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Honda effort in morning practice, third-quickest

Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay led the Honda field in Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach. Rahal, debuting his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda in the colors of new sponsor Steak & Shake, ran seventh fastest in the afternoon practice and for the day.

Andretti Autosport’s Hunter-Reay posted the third-quickest time around the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in the morning practice, but slipped down the order in the quicker afternoon session and ended the day ninth overall. Teammate Marco Andretti rounded out the top 10 in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Activities continue Saturday with a final practice session, followed by “Fast Six” knockout qualifying that will set the 23-car field for Sunday’s race. The third round of the 16-race 2015 season starts at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) 7th fastest in Friday practice:  “We had a mechanical issue this morning and only got to run a handful of laps. But the second practice was more of what we expected. Our car was good, and we are the fastest Honda, but we have a little work to do to catch the Penskes. I was on a lap that was about a tenth [of a second] and a half quicker, but I just messed it up, ate too much curb off in Turn 8 and lost it.  I feel like there is a lot of potential. But we’re pretty close and if you put Will, Simon and a few others aside, we’re kind of the best of the rest, but we’ll keep fighting hard to improve tomorrow. We’re in the hunt.”