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Default Honda Racing: Dixon, Sato Head Honda Attack in Practice at Toronto

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  • Scott Dixon dominates practice, leads both sessions for Honda

  • Takuma Sato ends day second quickest

  • Honda drivers, teams claim top five positions for the day


Scott Dixon headed the time charts in both practice sessions today in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto, as Honda drivers claimed the top five positions – and eight of the top 10 – for the day.  


In the morning session, Dixon led a 1-6 Honda sweep, followed by Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais.  In the slightly faster afternoon session, it was Dixon again at the top of the charts, followed by Sato, Andretti, Rahal and Rossi.  All five Honda teams had at least one driver in the top 10 for the day.


Activities continue Saturday in Toronto with final practice and qualifying for Sunday's 85-lap race. The 12th round of the 2018 season begin at 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.


Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Fastest in Friday practice: "A big shout out to the people here who look after the track. They've worked really hard [making improvements to the racing surface] and Turn One alone is going to create a lot of great racing. There are a lot of great updates. The PNC Bank car rolled off [the transporter] really fast, and I expect the competition to continue to be really tough. We put a good lap together on the [softer compound] 'red' Firestone tires today, but I expect a lot more drivers to do that tomorrow for qualifying, so we'll have to wait and see what happens for the pole."


James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) Race winner in Iowa last week, 10th fastest in opening-day practice: "Today was okay. Obviously, there's a lot to learn coming to a street circuit with a new car. They've done some paving work to the track which is another curveball to throw at us, but the Arrow Electronics team did a solid job. We didn't get the best run on [Firestone alternate tires] reds, and we had a problem with my seatbelt on my fast lap.  We'll take a look at the data we got today and talk over with Robbie [Wickens] and the No. 6 guys and make sure we can put a good performance tomorrow for the hometown crowd." 


Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto
Circuit:               Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada
2017 Winner:    Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 95.790 mph average
Weather:           Partly sunny, warm, 81 degrees F


Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:





























































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Time



Notes



  1.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



59.0751



108.838 mph



  2.



Takuma Sato



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



59.5117



 



  3.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



59.5277



 



  4.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



59.5308



 



  5.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



59.5846



 



  6.



Spencer Pigot



Ed Carpenter



Chevrolet



59.6350



 



  7.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



59.6383



 



  8.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



59.6471



 



  9.



Sebastien Bourdais



DCR with Vasser-Sullivan      



Honda



59.8027



 



10.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



59.8157



 



Other Honda Results





































12.

Ed Jones



Chip Ganassi Racing             



Honda



59.9675



 



13.



Robert Wickens-R



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



59.9862



 



15.



Zach Veach-R



Andretti Autosport



Honda



60.0596



 



23.



Zachary Claman De Melo-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



61.1823



 


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