IRL: Honda Racing Homestead test 2006-03-05

Pre-Season Testing Concludes at Homestead Honda-powered IndyCar Series drivers and teams wrapped up the third and final day of pre-season testing Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with 18 teams and drivers making their final ...

Pre-Season Testing Concludes at Homestead

Honda-powered IndyCar Series drivers and teams wrapped up the third and final day of pre-season testing Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with 18 teams and drivers making their final preparations prior to the start of the 2006 IndyCar Series here on March 26.

As he had last month in a two-day test at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway, Dan Wheldon led the way in testing on Homestead's 1.5-mile high-speed oval, setting a best lap speed of 218.126 mph in the afternoon practice session. Teammate Scott Dixon was second quickest, followed by the Marlboro Team Penske duo of Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves. Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five, and the entire field was covered by just 65-hundredths of a second.

For the first time, Honda is providing HI6R Indy V-8 engines to the entire IndyCar field in 2006, and in three days of testing on both the Homestead road course and oval, Honda-powered IndyCar drivers ran a total of 5,538 laps for just over 8,130 miles without an engine-related problem.

Dan Wheldon (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) quickest at the oval track test, also fastest at last month's test at Phoenix International Raceway: "We concentrated on running our own program today. There aren't any [championship] points or prize money for being quickest at a test, but it is a big morale boost for the whole team. It's obvious that everyone at Honda is still working extremely hard and diligently continuing to improve the engine, while still keeping it the same for everyone. We had a good day today, but there are still areas where we can improve. That's where we'll concentrate our efforts between now and the start of the season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing