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Honda, Acura Racers Prepare For SCCA National Championships

  • 56 Honda, Acura racers to compete in 12 classes at Sonoma Raceway
  • Individual races determine champions in each class
  • Event returns to West Coast for first time since 2014

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2018) – Honda and Acura racers head to Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco, this weekend for the 55th running of the Sports Car Club of America National Championship “Runoffs”, hoping to add to an already impressive total of titles won by Honda Racing Line members.

Practice and qualifying for this weekend’s 24 races is underway at the challenging, 2.52-mile Sonoma road course.  A total of 56 Honda and Acura racers will compete in 12 of the classes, an increase of eight over the last time the Runoffs were conducted in California, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014.

Honda Performance Development will again be onsite throughout the event to provide technical and parts support for racers, from practice sessions through the final races and tech inspections.

“Our main focus at every Runoffs event is supporting our Honda Racing Line members,” said John Whiteman, Manager, HPD Commercial and Customer Motorsports.  “Every year, we try to provide a special experience for competitors who embrace Honda’s Challenging Spirit and reward them for their continued support.

“From our on-site technical support to our ‘tow-fund-for-all,’ we want to show our appreciation, and acknowledge all of the work that they put into getting to the Runoffs.”

Established by Honda Performance Development, the motorsports arm of American Honda, the Honda Racing Line has provided performance parts, technical support and contingency awards to amateur and entry-level professional Honda and Acura racers since 2009.  In the nine succeeding seasons, nearly 500 Honda and Acura racers have participated in the Runoffs, claiming 41 national championship titles.

This year at Sonoma Raceway, 22 Honda-powered Formula F drivers will make up the bulk of that open-wheel category, with the Super Touring (15 racers in STU and STL) and Production Classes (nine competitors in F, G and H-Production) also popular for Honda and Acura racers.

Former winners in this year’s field include Honda Formula F racers Tim Kautz and Rick Payne; John Philips III in a B-Spec Honda Fit; and Honda R&D engineer Kevin Boehm, driving a STU Honda Civic.

Other Honda and Acura drivers to watch at this year’s Runoffs include Acura NSX pilots Igor Lyustin and Kris Olson in Touring 1; Armen Megregian in his Prototype-2 Ligier JS51-Honda; Bob Perona in Formula F; Greg Gauper in H Production and Greg Ira in Super Touring Lite.

A “traveling” event in recent years, the SCCA Runoffs were conducted at Daytona International Speedway in 2015, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016, and on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year.  In 2019, the event returns to the eastern USA, and will be held at Virginia International Raceway near Danville, Va.

Racing to determine the 2018 SCCA National Champions gets underway on Friday, October 19 and runs through Sunday, October 21.  Live, online video coverage of Runoffs races will be available at SCCA.com/live with veteran broadcaster Greg Creamer anchoring the broadcast. Live timing and scoring will also be available at SCCA.com/live for each National Championship race.

About Honda Performance Development

HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead American Honda’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched the company’s success in Indy cars, which includes 237 race victories, 16 drivers’ championships, seven competitive manufacturers’ championships and 12 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2004.

HPD also has a long history of success in endurance sports car racing, with more than 100 prototype victories since 1991, including either class or overall victories at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans.  In less than two years of North American GT3 competition, the Acura NSX GT3 has recorded five races wins and three poles.

HPD offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing product lines, please visit: http://hpd.honda.com.

 

Hunter-Reay Takes Sonoma Win; Dixon, Honda Claim Indy Car Titles

Hunter-Reay Takes Sonoma Win; Dixon, Honda Claim Indy Car Titles

Ryan Hunter-Reay dominates Sonoma for second win of 2018
Scott Dixon claims record-tying fifth IndyCar Series title
Honda wins 11 races, 2018 Manufacturers’ Championship

 

SONOMA Calif. (September 16, 2018) – Ryan Hunter-Reay led 80 of 85 laps to win today’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma season finale, while Scott Dixon finished second to secure a record-tying fifth IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship.  Honda’s 11th race win of 2018 cemented the company’s seventh Indy car Manufacturers’ Championship since 1994.

 

Starting from the pole, Hunter-Reay dominated the 17thand final round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, turning over the lead only during routine pit stops to score his second win of the year, and 18th career Indy car victory.

 

Dixon, who came into the season finale leading primary rival Alexander Rossi by 29 points, was content to shadow Hunter-Reay throughout the contest, with his second-place result more than enough to claim the title and tie the legendary A.J. Foyt as the only drivers with five career Indy car championships.

 

Throughout the Verizon IndyCar Series season, Dixon demonstrated remarkable consistency, finishing sixth or better at 14 of the 17 rounds, including race victories at Detroit, Texas and Toronto.  His 44 career victories is tops among all active drivers, and ranks him third on the all-time Indy car win list, behind only Foyt with 67 and Mario Andretti with 52.

 

In all, Honda teams and drivers posted 11 victories in 2018, clinching the company’s seventh championship incompetition with other manufacturers.  For the second consecutive season, all five Honda teams scored at least one victory in 2018, and multiple race winners in addition to Dixon included Rossi with three wins, and Hunter-Reay with two.  Additional race wins were scored this year by James Hinchcliffe, Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato.

 

Rossi’s championship efforts appeared to be blunted when he collided with teammate Marco Andretti on the opening lap.  The contact resulted in a damaged front wing and tire, leading to an unscheduled pit stop for repairs at the end of the first lap.  He resumed, but at the tail end of the lead lap, and briefly went a lap down to the leaders mid-race.

 

But a caution flag on Lap 43, the result of Graham Rahal stalling on course, gave Rossi and his Andretti Autosport team the opportunity they needed.  Having regained the lead lap and pitted for a set of softer-compound “Red” Firestone tires just prior to the yellow, Rossi restarted in 11th position when the green flag waved again on Lap 49.  He rapidly advanced through midfield, gaining five positions in the next six laps to move into seventh.  Rossi gained two more positions, to fifth, by Lap 70. However, the rapid pace took a toll on his tires, and Rossi’s challenge ended as his lap times increased, and he faded in the closing laps to finish seventh.

 

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series action at Sonoma Raceway are available on HPD’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.  

 

This weekend’s race concludes the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series.  The 2018 season gets underway on March 10with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) started first, finished first, second race win of 2018, 18th career Indy car victoryThis is a great win for the team.  The #28 DHL Honda boys did a great job, the car was awesome.  Great to get a win to finish off the year.  To end this way is unreal.  I want to dedicate this win to Robbie Wickens.  He’s fighting hard [to recover from injuries suffered at Pocono last month].  We’re one big community, one big family, and we’re all with him. We wish he was here [racing], I’m sure he would’ve made my life a lot harder today out on the track.  Congratulations to Scott Dixon.  What can I say about that guy?  He’s a five-time champ, it’s unreal.  It’s absolutely amazing what he’s accomplished in this era of racing.  To share the track with him is awesome, and to beat him today [for the race win] is even better.”

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started second, finished second, 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion, fifth career IndyCar championship, tying A.J. Foyt for most titlesIt’s all about the people.  I’m the lucky one that gets to take it across the line, but this doesn’t come without a lot of hard work. I’m just stoked for Chip [Ganassi] and everyone.  This is mega, mega.  I can’t thank everyone enough: the team, my teammate [Ed Jones], a huge thanks to [new sponsor] PNC coming on this year, Honda’s been amazing, my family, everybody at home, and especially my wife, Emma.  I’ve got to thank the other teams, Penske and Andretti, that we fought hard with throughout the season. [Alexander] Rossi did a hell of a job, he’s been pushing so hard this year.  He’s a huge talent, and one that’s going to win many championships throughout his career.  Man, this is so awesome, I can’t believe it’s happened.”

 

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started sixth, finished seventh, second in the Drivers’ Championship [on the collision with Marco Andretti just after the race start]: “I don’t know. I mean I got a good start, and I don’t know if he lifted, or if I misjudged it.  It is what it is.  It was going to be tough to beat Scott [Dixon] anyway.  This #27 NAPA Honda team did such a good job;it’s unfortunate for it go out like that.  The team did a great job to get me back on the road to recovery after the mistake that I made.  At the end of the day, obviously, you’ve got to be disappointed to come out second, but we have lots to build on for next year.”

 

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development)on Honda’s championship-winning 2018 IndyCar Series season:What a great way to cap off a fantastic season: finishing 1-2 once again.  Eleven wins, spread out through our five teams, is a true testament to the great partnership between HPD and all of our teams.  Ryan [Hunter-Reay] had such a great drive to finish the season, which bodes well for St. Petersburg next year.  Alexander [Rossi’s] inspired drive previews why he is a future champion of our sport.  Congratulations to Scott [Dixon] for his fifth championship.  He is truly the class of our generation.”

Hunter-Reay, Honda Lead IndyCar Series Practice at Sonoma

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Honda IndyCar Series Sonoma Talking Points, Season Summary Infographic

INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway 6:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 16, 2018 NBC Sports Network IndyCar Radio Network Broadcast and Live Stream MANUFACTURER COMPETITION   Honda comes to Sonoma Raceway having scored 10 victories from 16 races in 2018. Honda clinched the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship last month at Gateway Motorsports…

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Sato, Honda Victorious in Indy Car Return to Portland

  • Takuma Sato leads 1-2-3 Honda sweep in front of large Pacific Northwest crowd
  • Scott Dixon recovers from opening lap crash to finish fifth, increase championship lead
  • 10th win of 2018 for Honda; with all five Honda teams have now visited Victory Circle

Takuma Sato emerged the winner and headed a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Honda today at Portland International Raceway, in a wild Verizon IndyCar Series return to the Pacific Northwest after a 10-year absence.

The tone for the race was set moments after the field took the green flag to start the 105-lap contest, as Zach Veach and James Hinchcliffe made contact exiting the “Festival Chicane”, sending Hinchcliffe into a spin and setting off a multi-car collision that eliminated or delayed five cars. Ed Jones and Marco Andretti were eliminated on the spot, with Andretti escaping without apparent injury as his car rolled in the incident. The cars of Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal sustained significant damage, and both retired after completing a handful of laps later in the race.

Championship points leader Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing entry sustained minor damage in the crash, and was forced to come to a complete stop. Fortunately, Dixon was able to keep his Honda engine running and resume at the end of the lead lap.

The resulting six-lap caution period once again resulted in some teams electing to attempt to eliminate a pit stop through fuel savings, that group including Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sebastien Bourdais, Spencer Pigot, Simon Pagenaud and Dixon. Following three additional caution flags – none for more than four laps – that proved to be the winning strategy.

Sato proved to the best at mixing fuel saving with speed, and led the final 20 laps to edge Hunter-Reay by just over six-tenths of a second at the checkers, with Bourdais another 1.2 seconds back in third. The victory was the 10th of the season for Honda – which clinched the 2018 IndyCar Manufacturers’ Championship last weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park – and all five Honda teams have now won at least one race this season, for the second consecutive year.

Dixon’s recovery drive netted the four-time series champion a fifth-place finish today, and saw him increase his championship lead to 29 points, 598-569, over Alexander Rossi, with one race remaining.

Meanwhile, Rossi headed the “three-stop” group, finishing eighth. With Team Penske drivers Josef Newgarden and Will Power finishing 10th and 21st, respectively, the 2018 drivers’ championship contest is now effectively down to Dixon and Rossi.

The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads south to Sonoma Raceway, just outside San Francisco, California, for the September 18, double-points paying IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma. The season-ending race, to determine the 2018 Drivers’ Championship, will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network starting at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) Started 20th, finished first; first IndyCar Series win of 2018, third career victory: “We have had a couple of hard, difficult weekends this year. The final yellow [caution flag] obviously helped, but the car had pace. Since we failed to have a good qualifying, I had two new sets [of tires, available for the race] and our strategy worked beautifully. Look at all these fans here today. I think this is one of the most beautiful days of my life.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andrettti Autosport Honda) Started fifth, finished second: “We gave that one away. The DHL car was the car to beat today – we had the right fuel [strategy], but we had some miscommunication on pit lane. I was saving fuel as Takuma came out of pit lane [after his final stop], and so I didn’t attack. That miscommunication probably cost us the race. I’m pretty bummed right now. I know we had a car to win and all day long I tried really hard to save that fuel and made the fuel mileage the [team] was requesting, but couldn’t pay off for it in the end.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) Started 11th, finished fifth, takes a 29-point drivers’ championship lead into the series finale at Sonoma Raceway: “It was a huge day for the team today, and feels like a win for us. I couldn’t see anything once I got off in the dirt at the start; it was just dust everywhere. Then I kept getting hit and hit and thought, ‘Oh, this isn’t going to be good.’ Luckily, we were able to keep the PNC Bank car running, back up from the incident and continue. What a crazy day. The points [lead], whatever it is, is not a huge amount. But we’ll take it going into Sonoma.”

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) Started third, finished eighth, second in the drivers’ championship with one race remaining: “It’s one of those days. We had a fast car, the NAPA Auto Parts Honda was really quick out front, and we were able to build a seven-second gap [over second]. Our tire strategy was going to plan and everything was good, until the yellow came on Lap 56. It [finishing eighth] hurts a lot. Hopefully it’s not something that costs us the championship. We just have to rebound and move on from it and know that it’s something that’s out of our control. Now it’s time to refocus and be ready to attack for Sonoma.”

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda Portland sweep and 10th IndyCar Series win of 2018: “It’s very gratifying to see all of our teams reach victory circle for a second consecutive year. Congratulations to Takuma and Bobby [Rahal] for a great win today in a very unpredictable race. It was an unusual race, which did not play out in a typical fashion, but we still swept the podium. Once again, this is a testament to the depth of our lineup and quality of our teams. It feels good to get our 10th win of the season. Now, let’s get that 11th win and the Drivers’ Championship at Sonoma in two weeks.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland

Circuit:                             Portland International Raceway (1.9-mile road course) Portland, Oregon

2017 Winner:     N/A (first IndyCar Series race here since 2007)

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 76 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver       Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
1. 20. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 105   102.971 mph average
2. 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 105   +0.6084 seconds
3. 4. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda 105
4. 17. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 105  
5. 11. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 105  
6. 22. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 105  
7. 25. Charlie Kimball Carlin Racing Chevrolet 105  
8. 3. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 105  
9. 16. Pietro Fittipaldi-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 105    
10. 2. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 105  

Other Honda Results

12. 14. Carlos Munoz Schmidt Peterson Mtspts Honda 105   Running
16. 13. Jack Harvey-R Meyer Shank Racing Honda 105   Running
19. 6. Zach Veach-R Andretti Autosport Honda 104 Running
20. 18. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 101   Running
22. 7. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Mtspts Honda 29     Did not finish – contact
23. 10. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda    4 Did not finish – contact
24. 8. Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Honda    0 Did not finish – crash
25. 9. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda    0 Did not finish – crash

 

Rossi Leads Honda Qualifiers at Portland

  • Alexander Rossi to start third in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland
  • Championship leader Scott Dixon qualifies 11th
  • Honda drivers claim nine of top 12 qualifying positions

For the fourth consecutive race weekend, Alexander Rossi led the Honda field in qualifying today for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland. Rossi, currently second in the drivers’ championship standings and 26 points behind leader Scott Dixon, will start third tomorrow in the 26-car Verizon IndyCar Series field. Rossi claimed the pole – and the race win – at Mid-Ohio in July, and led the Honda qualifying effort both the Pocono and Gateway ovals.

Sebastien Bourdais, a previous Portland race winner and leader of all three practice sessions prior to qualifying, will start fourth despite a crash in the final practice session this morning. Bourdas’ DCR with Vasser-Sullivan crew completed extensive repairs to his car in the three-and-a-half hours between practice and qualifying, and the veteran rewarded the team with a fourth-place qualifying run.

Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Zach Veach rounded out the top six final-round qualifiers, with Honda drivers also claiming positions seven through 11 in the second round of Indy car knockout qualifying.

James Hinchcliffe and Ed Jones will start seventh and eighth, respectively. The fifth row of the starting grid will be made up of Marco Andretti in ninth, and Graham Rahal, 10th. Dixon, pursuing his fifth career IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship, will start 11th in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

The penultimate round of the 2018 season begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Alexander Rossi (Andrettti Autosport Honda) Qualified third: “I think we had a fast car [in practice]. It just didn’t translate yesterday [because we were not] able to get the lap in. So, yeah, I think all four of the [team] cars have been competitive. Marco [Andretti] really has led the way for a lot of the weekend in terms of Andretti Autosport. We’ve all worked together. [For tomorrow’s race] we won’t count our chickens before they hatch. There’s 105 laps, a lot of things can happen before we leave here. We also got to beat the two [Team Penske] cars in front of us, who are very quick.

Sebastien Bourdais (DCR Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda) Qualified fourth: “Yeah, overall just an incredible effort from the guys to recover from my mistake [a crash in the final practice session]. Honestly, when I got out of the car, I really wasn’t quite sure how that thing was going to get fixed, yet the team did an awesome job with some time to spare. It was very impressive. The car may have looked like a ‘Frankenstein’ car [with parts from a spare car replacing damaged bodywork on the original, but [in qualifying] it was just about as good as it was in the morning. I was really pleased with everything. I kind of made a mistake in the final round, that one lap, but nevertheless, good results under the circumstances.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland

Circuit:                             Portland International Raceway (1.9-mile road course) Portland, Oregon

2017 Winner:     N/A (first IndyCar Series race here since 2007)

Weather:           Sunny, mild, 76 degrees F

 

Top-12 Qualifying Results:

Ps. Driver       Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 57.3467 123.292 mph average
2. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 57.6877 +0.3410 seconds
3. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 57.7361 Fast Six Final Qualifying
4. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan       Honda 57.8881 Fast Six Final Qualifying
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 57.9699 Fast Six Final Qualifying
6. Zach Veach-R Andretti Autosport Honda 58.1057 Fast Six Final Qualifying
7. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 57.6429 2nd Round Qualifying
8. Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing              Honda 57.6499 2nd Round Qualifying
9. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 57.7277 2nd Round Qualifying
10. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 58.7772 2nd Round Qualifying
11. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 57.8554 2nd Round Qualifying
12. Jordan King-R Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 57.9010 2nd Round Qualifying

Other Honda Results

13. Jack Harvey-R Meyer Shank Racing Honda 57.6984 1st Round, Group 1
14. Carlos Munoz Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 57.9141 1st Round, Group 2
16. Pietro Fittipaldi-R Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 58.0825 1st Round, Group 2
18. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 57.4818 1st Round, Group 2
20. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 57.7915 1st Round, Group 2

Bourdais, Honda Lead Opening Day Practice at Portland

Bourdais, Honda Lead Opening Day Practice at Portland

  • Sebastien Bourdais paces morning practice and leads the day
  • Championship leader Scott Dixon runs third after strong morning run
  • Rookies Santino Ferrucci, Jack Harvey impress

Sebastien Bourdais, a previous Portland race winner, led the first of two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions and headed the combined time sheets Friday at Portland International Raceway, as Indy car racing returned to the U.S. Pacific Northwest for the first time in 10 years.

Bourdais, one of the most experienced Indy car drivers at Portland with five previous starts, topped the morning session with a time of 57.3975 seconds (123.183 mph) around the 1.964-mile Portland road course in his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda. Less than eighth-thousandths of a second separated Bourdais from Will Power in second, and just over 1.1 seconds covered the full, 25-car field in practice.

Scott Dixon continued to show championship form, with the current points leader ending the day third overall after his own fast first practice session results, and Marco Andretti ran well in the afternoon session to end the day fourth overall.

Making only his third IndyCar Series start, rookie Santino Ferrucci led the seven rookie drivers in the field with an impressive fifth-fastest effort, with fellow rookie Jack Harvey seventh for Meyer Shank Racing.

Yet another rookie, Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach, continued his late-season run of strong performances to end the day ninth. But teammate and championship contender Alexander Rossi was 11th overall after locking his brakes during a qualifying simulation in the afternoon session.

Activities continue Saturday at Portland with final practice and qualifying for Sunday’s 105-lap race. The penultimate round of the 2018 season beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Sebastien Bourdais (DCR Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda) Fastest in practice: “It was kind of a two-speed day. The first practice was pretty good. The Gorilla Automotive Products Honda was dialed in from yesterday’s test. Then it got quite a bit warmer in the afternoon, and the whole afternoon session was disjointed. So, it was difficult to get a real read about the car. We had a decent run on the ‘Black’ [primary] Firestone tires, then on the ‘Red’ [alternate] tires, I just didn’t get a ‘read’. We did our fast lap on the ‘Reds’ on Lap Six, which is far too late. My teammate, Santino [Ferrucci], was extremely quick and happy with his car on the ‘Red’ tires and I am a little too accustomed to not being super happy on ‘Reds’. We will have to regroup tonight, and analyze the data and see what happens.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Third fastest in Friday practice: “I think it was a strong first day here in Portland. We had a good test day here yesterday, where we were fastest in the PNC Bank car, so that was a good start for us. I think today really was about getting familiarized with the track again and just putting in the laps. It’s been several years, but it’s great to be back in Portland. I’m excited for the weekend.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland

Circuit:                             Portland International Raceway (1.9-mile road course) Portland, Oregon

2017 Winner:     N/A (first IndyCar Series race here since 2007)

Weather:           Partly sunny, mild, 76 degrees F

 

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps. Driver       Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan       Honda 57.3975 123.183 mph
3. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 57.4053 +0.0078 seconds
3. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 57.4221 Practice 1
4. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 57.4668 Practice 2
5. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 57.4818 Practice 2
6. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 57.5836 Practice 1
7. Jack Harvey-R Meyer Shank Racing Honda 57.6984 Practice 2
8. Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Chevrolet 57.7222 Practice 2
9. Zach Veach-R Andretti Autosport Honda 57.7225 Practice 2
10. Jordan King-R Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 57.7873 Practice 1

Other Honda Results

11. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 57.7892 Practice 1
12. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 57.7915 Practice 1
14. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 57.8472 Practice 2
16. Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing              Honda 57.8816 Practice 1
18. Carlos Munoz Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 57.9141 Practice 2
19. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 57.9253 Practice 2
21. Pietro Fittipaldi-R Dale Coyne Racing                 Honda 58.0825 Practice 2
22. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 58.0963 Practice 2

 

 

Honda IndyCar Series Portland Message Points

Grand Prix of Portland Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 2, 2018 NBC Sports Network IMS Radio Network Live Stream and Broadcast MANUFACTURER COMPETITION   Honda comes to Portland International Raceway having scored nine victories from 15 races in 2018, and clinched the Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship last weekend with…

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Honda Clinches 2018 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship

Rossi, Dixon Continue Battle For Drivers’ Title at Gateway Honda clinches manufacturers’ title with two races remaining Alexander Rossi finishes second, Scott Dixon third at Gateway Motorsports Park   Dixon’s championship lead now 26 points over Rossi   MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 25, 2018) – Although unable to overtake Will Power in the final laps for…

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Dixon, Rossi To Lead Starting Field at Gateway

  Qualifying canceled after recurring rain showers, starting field set on championship points Championship leaders Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi Saturday night contest starts at 8 p.m. EDT   MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 24, 2018) – Intermittent showers throughout the day Friday at Gateway Motorsports Park led Verizon IndyCar Series officials to cancel qualifying for Saturday’s…

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