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Old 15 Sep 2017, 11:40 pm
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Default Honda Racing: Hunter-Reay Leads Honda Field in Friday Practice at Sonoma

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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay ends opening day at Sonoma Raceway in fifth

  • Watkins Glen race winner Alexander Rossi runs sixth

  • Championship contender Scott Dixon posts seventh-fastest time


Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon – the drivers who completed an all-Honda podium two weeks ago at Watkins Glen – led the way for Honda today in practice at Sonoma Raceway for Sunday's season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.


Hunter-Reay, third at the most recent Verizon IndyCar Series round at Watkins Glen, was quickest for Honda today and fifth overall on the time sheets.  His Andretti Autosport teammate, 'Glen winner Alexander Rossi, ended the day sixth overall. 


Scott Dixon, second at the Glen and in the thick of the battle for the Verizon IndyCar Drivers' Championship, ended the day seventh.  All were within just 34 one-hundredths of a second of Josef Newgarden's pace-setting time of one minute,16.2485 seconds around the 2.385-mile Sonoma Raceway circuit.  Dixon trails Newgarden by only three points as the series heads into Sunday's double-points season finale.  Activities at Sonoma continue tomorrow, with final practice and qualifying.  Coverage of Sunday's 85-lap championship-deciding race starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, live on the NBC Sports Network.


Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda): "I think we had a pretty good Friday to start the race weekend. We went from seventh or eighth yesterday [during testing] to fifth today and we are the top Honda. We just have to turn that into a top-five tomorrow, get into that Firestone Fast Six [in qualifying] and go from there. Certainly, the Penske's are what looks like our toughest competition right now, so we're going to have to make another step overnight but so far, so good for the No. 28 DHL Honda."


Verizon IndyCar Series Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma

















Circuit:  Sonomal Raceway (2.385-mile road course), Sonoma, Calif.
2016 Winner: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) 101.181 mph average
Weather:  Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F

 


Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:






























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:16.2485



Practice 2



  2.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:16.2871



Practice 2



  3.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:16.3471



Practice 2



  4.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



1:16.4322



Practice 1



  5.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:16.4829



Practice 2



  6.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Herta Autosport



Honda



1:16.5720



Practice 1



  7.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:16.5863



Practice 2



  8.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:16.5999



Practice 2



  9.



Sebestien Bourdais



Dale Coyne Racing 



Honda



1:16.6060



Practice 1



10.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:16.7484



Practice 1



Other Honda Results






































































11.

Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



1:16.7542



Practice 2



12.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:16.8121



Practice 2



13.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:17.0106



Practice 2



14.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



1:17.0545



Practice 2



15.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:17.1210



Practice 1



17.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



1:17.2681



Practice 2



21.



Jack Harvey-R



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



1:17.6168



Practice 1



22.



Zachary Claman DeMelo-R



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



1:17.9506



Practice 1



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