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Default Honda Racing: Rahal, Rossi Head Honda Field Friday in Detroit

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  • Graham Rahal ends the day second fastest, Alexander Rossi in third

  • Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato runs seventh fastest

  • Honda drivers claim six of the top 10 positions


Graham Rahal led the way for Honda in opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit, in preparations for Saturday's opening race of a doubleheader Detroit Grand Prix weekend.


Alexander Rossi wrapped up the second of two practice sessions in third, followed by Mikhail Aleshin in fifth.  Fresh off his Indianapolis 500 "Victory Tour", Takuma Sato posted the seventh-fastest time of the day, with Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon rounding out the top 10 for Honda.


Activities continue Saturday in Detroit with the first of this weekend's two 70-lap Verizon IndyCar Series races.  The seventh and eighth rounds of the 17-race 2017 season begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with live television coverage of both races on ABC.


Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda): "First of all, it's great to be back here [in Detroit]. We appreciate everything Roger [Penske] has done here in the city to put this on. It's been a track that's been good to me in the past. I had a couple podiums here and finished fourth last year in the Saturday race. Obviously today started off on the right foot and the United Rentals Honda seemed to be very strong, very competitive, right off the trailer this morning. In the first session, we didn't change anything. As the track heated up in the afternoon, it got slippery for me. I'm sure everybody will say the same. I know we had a couple more tenths [of a second] in it. It's going to be tricky out there in qualifying. It's bumpy. It's going to beat us up pretty good. We'll just have to go out there tomorrow and test it. Hopefully the car will be nice and reliable, we'll get to the end and have a good day."


Verizon IndyCar Series Detroit Grand Prix
Circuit: Belle Isle Park (2.35-mile temporary street circuit) Detroit, Mich.
2016 Winners: Sebastien Bourdais (KV Racing) 97.857 mph average, Race 1, Saturday
Will Power (Team Penske) 96.414 mph average, Race 2, Sunday
Weather: Partly cloudy mild, 78 degrees F


Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:






























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Speed



Notes



  1.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.1511



 



  2.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:15.3328



 



  3.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Herta Autosport



Honda



1:15.4323



 



  4.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.4577



 



  5.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:15.5382



 



  6.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.5384



 



  7.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:15.5923



 



  8.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:15.8159



 



  9.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:15.9159



 



10.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:15.9540



 



Other Honda-powered Results: 






































































11.

Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:15.9900



 



12.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:16.0130



 



13.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:16.0354



 



16.



Oriol Servia



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:16.1488



 



17.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:16.4507



 



19.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:16.7223



 



21.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



1:17.6095



 



22.



Esteban Gutierrez-R



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



1:18.2289



 



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