Honda Racing Report
Saturday, July 11, 2015
ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250, Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers
Circuit: The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.
2014 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske) 145.243 mph average
Weather: Mostly cloudy, mild, 73 degrees F
Top-10 Saturday Practice Results:
Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Speed
1. Josef Newgarden Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 169.626
2. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 169.408
3. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 168.777
4. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 168.094
5. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 167.702
6. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 167.425
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 166.55
8. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 166.283
9. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 166.249
10.Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 166.135
Other Honda-powered Results:
11 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 165.992
14 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 165.079
16 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 164.244
18 Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 164.135
19 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 164.015
20 Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 163.923
23 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 161.209
24 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 155.723
Sato, Rahal Head Honda Practice Effort at The Milwaukee Mile
First short oval race of 2015
Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Jakes also post top-10 speeds
Qualifying, race take place on Sunday
Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Saturday at The Milwaukee Mile, finishing the sole practice session of the day in third and fourth, respectively, in preparation for Sunday’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.
Rahal, winner of the series’ most recent race at Auto Club Speedway, spent most of the 75-minute session solidly in third, while Sato briefly went to the top of the charts in the final 20 minutes, slipping down to third – with Rahal fourth – as most of the field made gains just prior to the checkers.
Among those improving in the final minutes, Ryan Hunter-Reay found speed in his final run to finish seventh for Andretti Autosport, while James Jakes jumped to ninth in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.
Activities at The Milwaukee Mile continue tomorrow with a final practice, followed by qualifying. Sunday’s 250-lap race begins at 5 p.m. EDT with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 4th fastest: “Right away the balance of the car was really good, I was definitely pleased with it. It was pretty comfortable, so we were able to push forward and try some things with the setup. I think we made the car a lot better. It’s definitely going to be interesting to follow a bunch of cars [in the race]. Based on what some guys were saying, they seemed to struggle pretty bad. That’s going to make it an interesting race. I didn’t really get a run there at the end of the session to get the most out of the car, but it’s definitely good.”