Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda ended the opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice session at Mid-Ohio ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 with a fastest time of 01:05.5784s in what was a dramatic morning.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden was second fastest for Team Penske in the No.1 Hitach Chevrolet while series points leader and defending race winner Scott Dixon rounded out the top three in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato was fourth fastest in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda with a time of Spencer Pigot for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Ed Jones was sixth fastest in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay’s No.28 DHL Honda. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was eighth just ahead of Graham Rahal while Alexander Rossi rounded out the top ten in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
The session was red flagged a number of types due to a few incidents on track involving Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball who was extremely quick during the session, Team Penske’s Will Power, AJ Foyt Racing’s two drivers, Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens who stopped out on track.
The second session takes place later today.