St. Pete: Honda Friday report

Rahal Starts Off Fast at St. Petersburg The 2009 IndyCar Series season got underway Friday at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with a pair of practice sessions at the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit on Florida's Gulf Coast. At day's end,...

Rahal Starts Off Fast at St. Petersburg

The 2009 IndyCar Series season got underway Friday at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with a pair of practice sessions at the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit on Florida's Gulf Coast. At day's end, it was defending race winner Graham Rahal leading the 22-car field in his Newman Haas Lanigan Racing Honda, with former teammate Justin Wilson second overall for Dale Coyne Racing.

Returning to IndyCar competition after a foray in NASCAR, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti led the damp morning practice session, and posted the third-quickest time in the generally faster afternoon session. The always-exciting E.J. Viso ran fourth overall for HVM Motorsports, with Tony Kanaan rounding out the top five for Andretti Green Racing.

Graham Rahal (#02 Newman Haas Lanigan Racing Honda) quickest in practice today: "It's been a pretty good day. We only ran 10th in the morning, but we knew the car was pretty good. It was just a matter of making a few 'tweeks' to it for the second session. In the afternoon, it was a pretty disjointed session with all the stoppages, but we managed to get in one pretty good lap and that put us at the top. I'm looking forward to qualifying tomorrow and Sunday's race."

-credit: honda

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Graham Rahal , Dale Coyne
Teams Newman Haas Lanigan Racing , Dale Coyne Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing