Facing its third engine failure since the season opener two weeks ago at St. Petersburg, Honda Performance Development is gaining confidence in finding the root of the problems.
“We believe it’s a manufacturing issue,” an HPD representative told RACER.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta experienced a catastrophic failure during the first practice session when his twin-turbo V6 powerplant ventilated the block and coated the circuit in oil.
At St. Petersburg, Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais suffered a failure and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, running in the top five at the time of his issue, saw his race come to a smoky end on the front straight (pictured).
With the relatively short turnaround time between sessions on Friday, Herta’s HSR team was scrambling to prepare the No. 88 Honda for the rookie to turn some laps before the one-hour practice concluded.