IRL: Texas: Honda Friday report

Honda Drivers Ready for Night Action in Texas Following a night qualifying session on Thursday, a pair of Friday practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway completed Indy Racing League IndyCar Series preparations for Honda drivers and...

Honda Drivers Ready for Night Action in Texas

Following a night qualifying session on Thursday, a pair of Friday practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway completed Indy Racing League IndyCar Series preparations for Honda drivers and teams prior to the Bombardier Lear Jet 500, the first of three Saturday night races on the 2005 IndyCar Series schedule.

Rookie Danica Patrick led the Honda effort in qualifying, and will start third on Saturday night. Meanwhile, reigning Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon led the way for Honda in the final night practice session, in third place behind Panther Racing teammates Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge.

Five other Honda drivers ran strongly in the final practice, including defending series champion Tony Kanaan in fourth, Bryan Herta, fifth, and Rahal Letterman Racing's Vitor Meira in sixth. Roger Yasukawa rounded out the top ten in his Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda.

Saturday's 200-lap race, the sixth round in the 17-race IRL season, begins at 8:30 p.m. EDT with live television coverage on ESPN.

Dan Wheldon (#26 Jim Beam/Klein Tools Andretti Green Racing Honda) third-fastest in final practice, 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner: "Winning the "500" is great, the highlight of my career, but it doesn't help me at all here. It's a new race, a new weekend. The [Texas] track is a bit bumpier, and you're going to have to be able to run up in the 'high' lane to win tomorrow night. And the field here is so deep, the competition is so tough, I honestly believe this is the most difficult series, in the world, to win."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Jim Beam , Danica Patrick , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing