• Honda seeking fourth and fifth consecutive 2014 IndyCar victories
• Manufacturer defends sweep of both Detroit rounds in 2013
• Honda drivers claim five of top 10 positions in practice
Honda-powered drivers led the way in Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday for the Dual at Detroit doubleheader race weekend, with Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay leading the morning practice session, and finishing the day fifth overall, while 2013 Detroit winner Simon Pagenaud paced the afternoon session and the day.
Honda drivers claimed five of the top 10 positions, with Takuma Sato seventh fastest for A.J. Foyt Racing, James Hinchcliffe eighth for Andretti Autosport, and Graham Rahal rounding out the top 10 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Simon Pagenaud(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) quickest in Friday practice: “Detroit is a great track, I really love it. You have to able to cope with the different track surfaces, asphalt and concrete, and be comfortable sliding the car. It’s breathtaking after spending the last three weeks in Indianapolis. [Winning here] last year was such a big day for us, the team really ‘went up a gear’ as a result and since then we’ve been competitive everywhere we go.”