Sato, Rahal Lead Honda Contingent as Indy GP Practice Opens

Honda Racing Report
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Thursday Practice
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roadcourse (2.439-mile road course), Indianapolis, IN
2013 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) 96.462 mph average
Weather: Sunny, warm, 87 degrees F

Top-10 Afternoon Practice Session Results:
Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:10.6971 124.197 mph average
2. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.8118 + 0.1147seconds
3. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.8560
4. Sebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 1:10.8839
5. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.9290
6. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 1:10.9527
7. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 1:11.1422
8. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:11.1859
9. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:11.1982
10. Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:11.2603
Other Honda-powered Results:
13. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:11.3943
14. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 1:11.3958
15. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:11.4177
16. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:11.4635
18. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 1:11.4927
19. Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 1:11.7470
22. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 1:12.0331
23. Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:12.1009
24. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 1:12.1137
25. Francesco Dracone-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:12.8729

Sato, Rahal Lead Honda Contingent as Indy GP Practice Opens
• Road race prelude to Indianapolis 500
• Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis to run Saturday

Verizon IndyCar Series practice began Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, with Honda drivers Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato posting top-10 practice times around the 2.439-mile road course laid out inside the grounds of the famed 2.5-mile oval.

Sato posted the sixth fastest time in the morning session, and ran eighth in the generally quicker afternoon practice; while Rahal was eighth quickest in the morning, seventh in the afternoon.

Activities continue Friday with a final practice, followed by “Fast Six” knockout qualifying that will set the 25-car grid for Saturday’s 82-lap race. The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, with live television coverage on ABC.

Video recaps from this month’s Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including this weekend’s road race and the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) on today’s practice: “It was good to be the fastest Honda in the second session but we’ve got to get some predictability in the car. It’s on edge, which is how it’s been all year, but as I said to someone earlier, ‘if it’s on edge and fast, that’s cool but if it’s on edge and [not quickest], that’s obviously not so [good]’. We’ve got to find some more things to make the Steak ‘n Shake car faster in qualifying and on race day.”