Honda Racing press release
Power Continues Dominant Form, Leads Motegi Practice
Team Penske’s Will Power led opening practice Friday on the road course at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, as the IZOD IndyCar Series makes its final appearance at the Honda-owned circuit north of Tokyo.
Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top three as the IndyCar series shifted to the 2.983-mile Twin Ring road course after the circuit’s 1.5-mile oval track was damaged in the major earthquake that devastated parts of the island nation earlier this year.
Action at the Twin Ring Motegi road course continues Saturday with a final practice, followed by Firestone “Fast Six” knockout qualifying. The 63-lap race starts at 1 p.m. local time Sunday in Japan, with live television coverage on VERSUS starting Saturday night at 11 p.m. EDT.
Will Power (#12 Team Penske Honda) quickest in Friday practice: “This is a very, very nice circuit, smooth and flowing, one of the best road courses we’re run all year. But it was very hot and humid today, making for some hard work. In the race, it may be difficult to get a run on someone to make a pass, so qualifying on Saturday will be critical.”