IRL: Milwaukee: Honda Friday report

Honda Drivers Return to the Historic Milwaukee Mile IndyCar Series championship leader Dan Wheldon led the Honda-powered field Friday in opening practice at the Milwaukee Mile for Sunday's ABC Supply -- A.J. Foyt 225. Wheldon, with four...

Honda Drivers Return to the Historic Milwaukee Mile

IndyCar Series championship leader Dan Wheldon led the Honda-powered field Friday in opening practice at the Milwaukee Mile for Sunday's ABC Supply -- A.J. Foyt 225. Wheldon, with four wins to his credit already this season including the Indianapolis 500, paced the field in the morning practice session, but slipped back to second on the overall chart as Helio Castroneves set the fastest speed of the day in the second and final session.

Dario Franchitti, the defending race winner here and also the victor at last weekend's Nashville race, was second quickest in the morning, and fourth on the day, in his Andretti Green Racing Honda. Rookie Danica Patrick was sixth quickest, followed by defending series champion Tony Kanaan in seventh.

Rahal Letterman Racing's Vitor Meira was ninth overall, followed by Bryan Herta in 10th. Scott Sharp led the two-car Fernandez Racing effort, eighth in the morning and 12th overall.

IndyCar activities continue Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile, the world's oldest continuously-active race track, with additional practice and single-car qualifying to set the field for Sunday's 225-lap race.

Dan Wheldon (#26 Jim Beam/Klein Tools Andretti Green Racing Honda) second fastest in practice: "We tried to make a simulated qualifying run, like a lot of the other guys who went quick in the second practice, but never quite got a clear lap. The track feels a bit slicker this year, perhaps the tire [compound] is slightly harder this year to get it to wear better. Either way, these are the conditions we all have to work with, so we'll continue to concentrate on making the car as consistent as possible for a long run, and see what qualifying brings tomorrow."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , A.J. Foyt , Jim Beam , Vitor Meira