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Honda Indy Toronto Friday Practice Report

Circuit: Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada
2014 Winners: Race 1 Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) 90.370 mph average Race 2 Mike Conway [Ed Carpenter Racing]  73.168 mph average [rain]
Weather: Morning, afternoon showers, mild, 72 degrees F

Top 10 Practice Session Results:

Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 1:00.6343 104.198 mph average
2. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 1:00.7922  
3. Josef Newgarden Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 1:00.8363  
4. Luca Filippi Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 1:00.8500  
5. Sebastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 1:00.8620  
6. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 1:00.8656  
7. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 1:00.8788  
8. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 1:00.9330  
9. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:01.0852  
10. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:01.1977  
Other Honda-powered Results:
12. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:01.2562  
13. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:01.2640  
14. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:01.3277  
15. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 1:01.4586  
16. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 1:01.4588  
18. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 1:01.5950  
19. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 1:02.2061  
21. Conor Daly-R Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:02.6453  
22. Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:02.8632  
23. Rodolfo Gonzalez-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:03.4852  


Rahal Leads Honda Effort in Toronto Practice

  • Graham Rahal continues run of strong road-course, street-circuit performances
  • Rain dampens afternoon activities

Graham Rahal led the way for Honda in practice action Friday on Toronto's Exhibition Place street circuit, in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver, coming off a run of three podium finishes in the last four Verizon IndyCar Series road- and street-course races, was eighth fastest in today's opening practice session.

Afternoon rain showers kept the field parked in pit lane throughout the scheduled 45-minute second practice, though weather forecasts call for sunny skies and mild temperatures throughout the rest of the race weekend. The morning session was notable for the number of teammates posting similar times throughout the field, including the A.J. Foyt Racing Hondas of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato running 12th and 13th, respectively; with Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay 15th, followed by teammates Carlos Munoz, 16th and Marco Andretti, 18th.

Activities continue in Toronto with final practice and "knockout" elimination qualifying on Saturday. The 85-lap 10th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season start at 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda):  "We had a really good start. I don't think we got the ultimate out of the car, but we were still right up there in the mix, so I'm pretty pleased. I obviously wish we would have gotten the second session in, but the weather didn't cooperate. We have seen a lot of rain this year, unfortunately. but the weather looks good for the next couple of days so I'm excited to get back out there. The track was rough, but really similar to previous years. Hopefully we can get back out there and continue to improve, have a good qualifying session and good race."

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