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Inside Honda's epic IndyCar simulator

This is how the pros learn before they hit the track.

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Tim Stevens

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This is the epic HPD IndyCar simulator.

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I was lucky enough to strap in and get to run for a few laps.

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My coach for the day? IndyCar rookie Romain Grosjean.

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Grosjean is no rookie to the world of racing, though, having recently left the world of Formula One.

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The simulator runs on 10 PCs and takes a team of engineers just to operate!

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It's all hydraulically operated to provide full motion.

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Grosjean gave me some much-needed coaching.

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My lap times were OK, but not what I'd wanted.

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The simulator is located in Indianapolis, just down the road from great team HQs like Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Nothing will ever beat the real thing, but as far as simulators go, that was a real rush. 

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