If it was possible to improve on the weather from yesterday, they’ve managed to do it today. I’ve been to every Verizon IndyCar race here and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful day here. Suffice it to say, it’s a perfect day to be at a race track.
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Today I decided to go to the TNT Fireworks Fan Zone and check out what was new this year. The first thing we saw was the Gear Up Your Career booths. Gear Up Your Career is an initiative that began in 2015 at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. It is a program that is designed to address the need for skilled labor by educating and promoting career opportunities with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.
Well, so much for predictions. I said that at least one Foyt car would make the Firestone Fast Six and neither one made it out of the first round of qualifying. Jack Hawksworth will start fourteenth and Takuma Sato will go off in the sixteenth starting spot in tomorrow’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
The third practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series is now complete and the results looked a lot more familiar than yesterday’s. Will Power paced the field with a time of 1:07.0198. Scott Dixon was second. James Hinchcliffe was the fastest Honda, setting the third quickest time of 1:07.1325, followed by fellow Honda diver Carlos Muñoz. Simon Pagenaud rounded out the Top Five, giving Roger Penske two cars in the Top Five.
Good morning from an absolutely gorgeous Barber Motorsports Park. Not only is the facility its usual gorgeous self, but you could not ask for a better day weather-wise. There is not a cloud in the sky and it is supposed to stay that way through the rest of the race weekend. the high today is supposed to be 78-degrees. Tomorrow’s high is expected to reach 82, without a cloud in sight.
So, we are now two practices in and Honda is still showing signs of life. What’s even more astounding is that the two cars of AJ Foyt Enterprises were both at the top of the speed charts for the session and the day. Takuma Sato turned a lap at 1:07.2157 and Jack Hawksworth was just slightly behind at 1:07.2197. It looks as if the changes that Foyt made on the Hawksworth team during the week have worked. James Hinchcliffe completed the Honda trifecta for the second session.
There’s probably not a whole lot you can read into after only one practice, but it at least caught my attention that six of the top seven cars after practice were all powered by Honda. Of course, the fastest car belonged to Sébastien Bourdais, who drives a Chevy.