IRL: Indy 500: Honda day three report

Hornish Leads Indy 500 Opening Day Practice Two dozen drivers took the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday as practice officially began for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500, the first of four full days of practice prior to Pole Day ...

Hornish Leads Indy 500 Opening Day Practice

Two dozen drivers took the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday as practice officially began for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500, the first of four full days of practice prior to Pole Day qualifying on Saturday, and the first with Honda as sole engine supplier for the Memorial Day classic.

More than 75 Honda Indy V-8 engines have been prepared for the "Month of May" by Honda Performance Development and its technical partner, Ilmor Engineering. A total of 989 laps were run today, for 2,382.5 miles, with no significant engine issues reported by any of the 12 IndyCar teams taking to the famed Brickyard.

The Marlboro Team Penske duo of Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves led the field, posting the fastest speeds of the day in the opening hour of practice in their backup cars. The team then returned to the garage area, moving their Honda engines from their backup cars to their primary machines, and returned to the track in the afternoon before showers ended the practice just after 5 p.m. EDT.

Roger Griffiths (Race Team Technical Leader, Honda Performance Development) on practice today: "Although we did have 'Rookie Orientation' the previous two days, today was the first official day of practice with our new, 1,200-mile specification, and I have to say we're quite pleased. It was a trouble-free day for Honda, and that's a good way to start the month."

-honda

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske