The Honda powered Verizon IndyCar Series teams took the spoils on the first day of practice at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit. In the opening practice session on Friday, Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda was the fastest driver with a time of 01:17.8545s,
The Frenchman led eight Honda powered drivers with defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet the fastest Chevrolet powered driver in ninth place with a time of 01:18.3997s.
In the second practice session on Friday afternoon, Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport was the fastest driver with a time of 01:16.3598s leading a Honda 1,2,3 with Josef Newgarden once again the fastest Chevrolet in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet with a fastest time of 01:16.5864s.
In the second practice session on Friday, eight of the top ten drivers were Honda powered.
The circuit on Belle Isle is extremely bumpy as this onboard footage with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal shows.
(Video courtesy of the Verizon IndyCar Series via youtube.com)