IRL: Detroit: Honda Friday notes

Castroneves Repeats as Fastest on Friday Just as at Infineon Raceway last weekend, Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves traded fastest lap time Friday at the Detroit Indy Grand Prix, with Castroneves ending up at the top of the speed charts...

Castroneves Repeats as Fastest on Friday

Just as at Infineon Raceway last weekend, Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves traded fastest lap time Friday at the Detroit Indy Grand Prix, with Castroneves ending up at the top of the speed charts on the 2.125-mile temporary street circuit located in Detroit's Belle Isle Park.

Franchitti led the morning practice session and was second quickest in the afternoon, ending the day just three-hundredths of a second behind Castroneves. Scott Dixon, who assumed a narrow, four-point championship lead over Franchitti with his victory last weekend in California, posted the third-fastest time, just four-tenths of a second off the pace.

Tony Kanaan, the remaining IndyCar Series title challenger, was fourth-fastest, with teammate Marco Andretti rounding out the top five.

Activities continue at Belle Isle Park on Saturday with a final practice, followed by qualifying for Sunday's 90-lap race. The Detroit Indy Grand Prix, fifth and final road course event of the year and the 16th of 17 races in 2007, starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Helio Castroneves (#3 Team Penske Honda) quickest in practice: "It was a pretty good day for us, eventually. I did have one 'moment' and spun 360-degrees, but fortunately for me TV didn't catch it! Dario [Franchitti] started out very fast, but -- typical for concrete tracks -- as more rubber was put down and the track gained grip, we got quicker, too. So it was good to be quickest at the end of the day, but everyone at the front is going very well here, so it will continue to be tough both tomorrow in qualifying and on race day."

-credit: honda

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti
Teams Team Penske