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Old 11 Feb 2018, 04:11 pm
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Default Honda Racing: Honda, Sato Lead the Way at Indy Car Pre-Season Open Test

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  • Takuma Sato quickest in three of four practice sessions

  • Graham Rahal and new teammate Sato run 1-2 Friday night as Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Lanigan drivers lead every full-field session

  • 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series opens March 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida


Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato dominated the time sheets Friday and Saturday at ISM Raceway, leading three of four full-field practice sessions and finishing second to teammate Graham Rahal in the fourth during the Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test in preparation for the 2018 season.


The Honda-powered Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing duo paced the 23-driver field throughout the two-day event, which included afternoon and evening sessions each day.  Sato led the first three-hour session on Friday, and both practices on Saturday, while teammate Rahal and Sato ran 1-2 on Friday night.


Rahal ended the test fifth overall as Honda drivers claimed six of the top-10 speeds in the combined results.  Andretti Autosport drivers Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi finished sixth and seventh, respectively.  Scott Dixon ended the test ranked eighth, despite a crash in the final 45 minutes of the final practice, while Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-10 in his Andretti Autosport Honda.


The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opens on March 11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.


Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner, fastest in IndyCar Series Open Test this weekend at ISM Raceway: "The open test was very successful, I would say. There were a lot of things to do, and lots of things to be tried.  I think over the course of two days we learned a lot. The new car is great [with a new aerokit bodywork for 2018], definitely more exercise for the drivers, definitely busier with low downforce. We did qualifying simulations and race traffic runs. I think the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team is really strong, so I'm really looking forward to two more road course tests [prior to the start of the season], and hopefully we'll be ready for St. Petersburg."


Allen Miller (Race Team Principal, Honda Performance Development) on this weekend's open test: "This being a test weekend, you can't read too much into the results, and there is still a lot of work for us to do prior to the start of the season. But we are very satisfied with the results from these last two days here at ISM Raceway.   We're looking forward to the start of racing next month in St. Petersburg, and to seeking our fifth victory in the last seven years at the Indianapolis 500." 


Verizon IndyCar Series Pre-Season Test
Circuit:       ISM Raceway (1.022-mile oval) Avondale, Ariz.
Weather:     Clear, mild, 74 degrees F


Indy Car Open Test Combined Results:





























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Speed mph



Notes



  1.



Takuma Sato



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



189.855





  2.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



189.769



 



  3.



Tony Kanaan



A.J. Foyt Racing



Chevrolet



189.632



 



  4.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



189.399



 



  5.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



189.090





  6.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



189.008





  7.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



188.940





  8.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



188.530





  9.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



188.430



 



10.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



188.331





Other Honda Results






















































11.

Sebastien Bourdais



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



187.958





12.



Ed Jones



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



187.696





15.



Pietro Fittipaldi-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



187.217





16.



Robert Wickens-R



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



186.293





17.



Zach Veach-R



Andretti Autosport



Honda



186.232





22.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



183.533





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