Honda Powered Teams Looking Strong But Chevrolet Are Up There After Day 1
The Honda powered NTT IndyCar Series teams were extremely fast out of The gates on the opening day of practice for Sunday’s season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
In the opening practice session on Friday Honda powered drivers occupied the top six positions with Felix Rosenqvist leading the way for Chip Ganassi Racing in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda while Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi the fastest Chevrolet in seventh place.
In the afternoon session however it was even stevens between Honda and Chevrolet as the each had five cars in the top ten.
Ryan Hunter Reay led proceedings on Friday afternoon in the No.28 DHL Honda just ahead of Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball were in the mix in the top ten for Chevrolet as too were Team Penske’s Will Power and Josef Newgarden.
Rookie Colton Herta was extremely impressive in the No.88 Latitude Vacation Club Honda for Harding Steinbrenner Racing ending the day in fourth.
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was seventh while Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ended the day in sixth for Andretti Autosport.
It is going to be extremely interesting to see what today’s qualifying will bring. The session is live on Sky Sports F1HD from 7.20PM.