IRL: Milwaukee: Honda Friday report

Meira Leads Honda Effort in Milwaukee Vitor Meira led a pack of four Honda drivers recording top-six times Friday during opening Indy Racing League IndyCar Series practice for Sunday's Menards A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. Meira's ...

Meira Leads Honda Effort in Milwaukee

Vitor Meira led a pack of four Honda drivers recording top-six times Friday during opening Indy Racing League IndyCar Series practice for Sunday's Menards A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. Meira's best effort, a 22.109-second lap around the oldest active race track in North America, was less than two-tenths of a second off the quickest time of the day, posted by Team Penske's Helio Castroneves.

Meira's Rahal Letterman Racing teammate, Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice, was fourth on the day, followed by Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti and Fernandez Racing owner/driver Adrian Fernandez.

IndyCar championship leader Tony Kanaan turned the eighth-fastest time in his Honda-powered Andretti Green entry. Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura was ninth quickest in the opening practice, but dropped to 11th after crashing early in the afternoon session. He was not injured in the incident.

Dan Wheldon rounded out the top 12, followed by Andretti Green teammate Bryan Herta in 14th. Rookie Mark Taylor, making his first Milwaukee start along with his Access Motorsports team, was 19th overall.

Practice at the suburban Milwaukee circuit continues Saturday morning, followed by single-car qualifying starting at 2 p.m. EDT. Sunday's 225-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Vitor Meira (#17 Centrix Financial Rahal Letterman Racing Honda): third fastest today: "This is my first time here, but the Rahal Letterman team has been here many times in the past, and that had a lot to do with our strong showing today. We started out with a good setup, and the fact that Buddy [Rice] and I are so close on times is proof. And again, we are showing that Honda has more power than our competition. We accomplished quite a lot today, and we know what we have to do tomorrow to improve."

-honda racing-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Helio Castroneves , Adrian Fernandez , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske