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Honda Indy Toronto Practice Report

Circuit: Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada 2015 Winner: Josef Newgarden (Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing) 90.410 mph average Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 71 degrees F

Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver     

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.7081

104.194 mph avg.

2.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:01.9091

 

3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:02.0573

 

4.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:02.0702

 

5.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:02.1876

6.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet

1:02.2688

 

7.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

1:02.4089

 

8.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:02.5353

9.

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:02.5644

10.

Jack Hawksworth

A.J. Foyt Racing    

Honda

1:02.5737

Other Honda Results

11.

Conor Daly-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:02.5941

12.

Luca Filippi

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

1:02.6316

13.

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:02.6449

14.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing    

Honda

1:02.6863

15.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:02.7384

19.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:02.9515

20.

Alexander Rossi-R

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:03.0112

Hinchcliffe Heads Honda field Friday in Toronto

  • Hometown favorite Hinchcliffe runs fifth-fastest in practice
  • Rahal, Munoz, Hawksworth also post top-10 times

Toronto native James Hinchcliffe thrilled a large Friday crowd at Exhibition Place, running fifth in the opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto. Hinchcliffe rebounded from a difficult morning practice, when handling issues kept him well down in the order, 19th, to improve by nearly two full seconds in the afternoon session.

Hinchcliffe was one of four Honda drivers in the top 10 Friday at the narrow, demanding 1.786-mile temporary street circuit. Graham Rahal, in the top 10 in both practice sessions, finished the day eighth overall, with Carlos Munoz and Jack Hawksworth rounding out the top 10.

Activities at the Honda Indy Toronto continue tomorrow, with final practice and qualifying. Sunday's 85-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on CNBC.

James Hinchcliffe (#5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "We had some issues with the car this morning, but we were able to sort it out. It's tough, because the conditions out there are bumpy and there are so many surface changes. I bet even the fastest guy out there is saying how bad his car feels. It's all relative. The guys did a great job [preparing the car for the second practice], and even during the session, to make the Arrow Electronics car better and better. We don't know exactly what we need out of the car here just yet. We're still learning. But so far, so good. It's good to end the first day with a reasonable time and position, and hopefully we can just build on that for tomorrow."

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