KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet was the pace setter in the opening session at Barber Motorsports Park ahead of Sunday’s Indy Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.
Bourdais set a fastest time of 1.07.3399s with AJ Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth in second place in the No.41 ABC Supply Honda.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda showed great pace as he ended the session in third place with a fastest time of 1.07.6138s with Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda in 4th place with Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Racing Honda rounding out the top five and making it four Honda powered cars in the top 5.
James Hinchcliffe put in a solid run in the opening practice session to end the morning in sixth place in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda. Hinch set a fastest time of 1.07.7245s ending up just ahead of the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda of Graham Rahal.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was eighth fastest just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s No.19 Honda of Luca Filippi. Reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Coca-Cola sponsored Chevrolet rounded out the top ten.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin was 11th fastest ending the session just ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Chevrolet who ended his session early as he was happy with the set up of the car and the tyre work done with the Firestone rubber.
Defending Barber race winner, Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet was 13th fastest just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.26 hhgregg Snapple Honda.
Will Power ended the session in 14th place in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet just ahead of Conor Daly’s Dale Coyne Honda.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet was 16th fastest just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet who in turn was just ahead of his team mate Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol Edge / Curb Honda was 20th with Tony Kanaan rounding out the order in 21st place (see previous article).