Friday was a busy day for drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series, as they took to the track for two practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen.
Hondas topped the charts in both practice sessions. In the first practice, Graham Rahal led the way in his United Rentals #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan machine. Rahal led a charge of Hondas in the morning session, as the Japanese manufacturer occupied the top five spots.
“The car rolled off the trailer extremely competitive and that’s what you need because you don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel during the weekend. The guys have done a great job.” Rahal said after stepping out of the car. “This is a phenomenal place. There is a lot of grip, and the track is very smooth just as we left it last year. It should be a great race this weekend.”
It was championship contender Scott Dixon who topped practice in the afternoon, setting a best lap of 1:22.618. “The NTT Data car was really fast out there. We still have a little bit of work to do out there, but the team brought some really good race cars to Watkins Glen this weekend.” Dixon is the defending winner at the Glen, and currently sits just 31 points behind championship leader Josef Newgarden.
In other news, members of the IndyCar paddock are pitching in to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. AJ Foyt Racing, which is partially based in Houston, Texas, will be selling special merchandise at the track with proceeds going towards flood efforts. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe has pledged to donate all of his winnings from the next two races to victims of the flood.