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IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen Practice Report

Circuit: Watkins Glen International Raceway (3.37-mile road course) Watkins Glen, NY
2010 Winner: Will Power (Penske Racing) 120.768 mph average (most recent IndyCar race)
Weather: Partly sunny, mild, 74 degrees F

Top-10 Practice Session Results:

Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
1. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:22.8740 146.391 mph average
2. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 1:23.0327  
3. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 1:23.0717  
4. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:23.1692  
5. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 1:23.3646  
6. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:23.4463  
7. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 1:23.5963  
8. Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 1:23.6279  
9. Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Chevrolet 1:23.6582  
10. Max Chilton-R Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:23.7107  

Other Honda Results

Ps. Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Notes
12. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 1:23.7894  
14. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:23.9543  
15. Alexander Rossi-R Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 1:24.0663  
16. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 1:24.1767  
17. Conor Daly-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:24.2625  
19. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 1:24.3200  
20. RC Enerson-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 1:24.5840  
21. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 1:24.8903  
22. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 1:24.9208  

Hawksworth, Rahal Lead Effort Friday at Watkins Glen

  • Hawksworth runs sixth, Rahal seventh, in IndyCar return to the Glen
  • Lap record expected Saturday as times tumble on fresh Watkins Glen pavement

A.J. Foyt Racing's Jack Hawksworth and Graham Rahal, winner of last weekend's race in Texas, paced the Honda field Friday in opening practice as the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway for the first time since 2010.

Hawkwsworth ran sixth, and Rahal, seventh. A combination of fresh pavement on the full length of the rolling, 3.37-mile Watkins Glen road course, coupled with increased downforce provided by the IndyCar Series road course aero kits, resulted in lap times some five seconds – more than 10 mph – quicker than the last time the open-wheel racers ran here in 2010.

Activities at Watkins Glen continue Saturday with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday's 60-lap race starts at 2 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Jack Hawksworth (#41 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda)"It was a fun day. We hadn't tested here so we worked our way into it and ran through our plan [for the day]. It was good because we worked systematically. By the end, I think we had a decent understanding of the track. We had really nice conditions, a really cool track, incredibly fast, I've never been to a track like this in my entire life. Literally…never! So, so fast and the grip level is incredible. I mean it's a three and half-mile track and we're doing 1:23s, I don't know what the average speed is, but it's insane. I really enjoyed it, and we did some good work, so we'll try to continue that tomorrow and see if we can put it together in qualifying."

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