Honda shows first signs of strength in St. Pete warmup

Graham Rahal topped the charts.

For the first time all weekend, a Honda has topped the timesheet in an IndyCar session.

Graham Rahal, for Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing, managed to top the session with a 1:1.4648 in the Mi-Jack Honda-powered car for his fastest lap of the weekend.

Behind him was Sebastien Bourdais, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power for the Chevy camp and Simona de Silvestro in fifth with a Honda.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon, Gabby Chaves and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top ten.

For Rahal, this marks a steady progression for him through the standings as he was 13th in the opening practice session and 8th in the last practice session before qualifying. de Silvestro had a similar progression, after earning 15th and 22nd in the two practice sessions before qualifying.

Newgarden incident

The first incident of car contact during the weekend took place as Newgarden bumped his front wing into de Silvestro’s rear wing. Newgarden had to get a new front wing as the right-side mini-tower flick up was gone while de Silvestro had to get a new rear wing. There was a number painted on haphazardly as it was a rear wing from Carlos Munoz’s car.

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Series IndyCar
Event St. Pete
Track St. Petersburg Street Course
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Article type Practice report