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Takuma Sato Paces Rainy IndyCar Practice at Barber

How’s this for a change of pace: the rainy second practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was led by three Hondas.

A.J. Fort Racing’s Takuma Sato (1:07.2157) and Jack Hawksworth (1:07.2197) led the way with near-identical times to top the session, with James Hinchcliffe rattling off a 1:07.2455 to complete a Honda sweep of the podium.

Will Power (1:07.3434) and Graham Rahal (1:07.3494) rounded out the top five.

The second practice session of the weekend for the Verizon IndyCar Series fell victim to weather early on. With clear skies predicted through the weekend, only four cars went on-track in the opening 15 minutes of the session as the track dried.

When the track finally did begin to dry, the Hondas made their presence known.

In all, Honda claimed four of the top five positions. All was not lost for Chevrolet in the session, though. The Bowtie Brigade took the entirety of the back half of the top 10.

The IndyCar teams will return tomorrow for another practice session, followed by qualifying for Sunday’s race.

1. Takuma Sato 1:07.2157
2. Jack Jawkswort +.0040
3. James Hinchcliffe +.0296
4. Will Power +.1277
5. Graham Rahal +.1337
6. Josef Newgarden +.1714
7. Simon Pagenaud +.1994
8. Juan Pablo Montoya +.2536
9. Scott Dixon +.2637
10. Sébastien Bourdais +.3030
11. Ryan Hunter-Reay +.3674
12. Carlos Muñoz +.3794
13. Mikhail Aleshin +.4587
14. Tony Kanaan +.5622
15. Marco Andretti +.5912
16. Helio Castroneves +.5950
17. Max Chilton +.7393
18. Conor Daly +.7980
19. Luca Filippi +.9174
20. Charlie Kimball +1.0943
21. Alexander Rossi +1.4570

About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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