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Bourdais, Rossi Lead the Way for Honda in Alabama IndyCar Series Practice

  • Sebastien Bourdais runs fourth, Alexander Rossi fifth at Barber Motorsports Park
  • Seven Honda drivers post top-10 times in practice

Honda's pair of 2018 early-season Indy car race winners – Sebastien Bourdais and Alexander Rossi – led the way for the manufacturer Friday at Barber Motorsports Park, in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Bourdais, winner of the Verizon IndyCar Series opening race last month in St. Petersburg, Florida, finished the day ranked fourth in his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda.  Rossi, winner last week in Round 3 on the streets of Long Beach, California, was fifth for Andretti Autosport and Honda.

In all, Honda drivers captured seven of the top 10 positions during Friday's practice sessions.  Scott Dixon ran sixth for Chip Ganassi Racing, followed by Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, seventh.  Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal rounded out the top 10.

Activities at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama continue tomorrow with final practice and qualifying.  Sunday's 90-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda) fourth quickest in opening-day practice: "I am not quite sure what to think. We are not super happy with the [handling of the] car, but in the meantime, it is decently fast. We made some gains, so that's the good thing. The SealMaster Honda is in the ballpark. It seems like all we are doing right now is preparing for qualifying because it is definitely going to rain on Sunday. We are going to have to think very hard on what we are going to do in those [wet] conditions. We just have to keep working, and see what we get tomorrow."

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Circuit: Barber Motorsports Park (1.8-mile road course) Birmingham, Ala. 2017 Winner: Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 108.809 mph average Weather: Sunny, mild, 68 degrees F

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver  

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.4345

122.786 mph average

  2.

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

1:07.5372

 

  3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:07.5987

 

  4.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan            

Honda

1:07.7971

 

  5.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.8326

 

  6.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:07.8445

 

  7.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:07.8829

 

  8.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:08.0628

 

  9.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.1040

 

10.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:08.1076

 

Other Honda Results

12.

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing 

Honda

1:08.3086

 

14.

Zachary Claman DeMelo-R

Dale Coyne Racing    

Honda

1:08.3616

 

16.

Zach Veach-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:08.4216

 

18.

Robert Wickens-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.5495

 

19.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:08.7317

 

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