Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda ended the opening session at Belle Isle as the fastest driver setting a time of 01:17.8545s ending the session just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda with a fastest time of 01:17.9168s.
Graham Rahal said his car was really good and they have to put it together and that they can build on it this afternoon as he set the third fastest time in the morning session with a time of 01:17.9830s.
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 Ruoff Home Mortgages Honda for Andretti Autosport set the fourth fastest time just ahead of team mate Marco Andretti in the No.98 AutoNation Honda.
It was a great session for Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Santiago Ferrucci in the No.19 Paysafe Honda for Dale Coyne Racing as the American set the sixth fastest time with a 01:18.3117s ending the morning just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda and Zach Veach in the No.26 Relay Honda.
Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet was the fastest Chevrolet driver in ninth place with a fastest time of 01:18.3997s.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet rounded out the top ten just ahead of Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda was 12th fastest just ahead of Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. The Australian set a fastest time of 01:18.9027s.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet for Carlin Racing was 14th fastest just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet was 16th fastest despite spinning his car during the session. The Californian topped the time sheets for a time and set a fastest time of 01:19.0906s ending the session just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist was 18th splitting Ed Carpenter Racing’s drivers as Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was 20th just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda who makes his return to racing this weekend in Detroit after missing last weekend’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Gabby Chaves was 22nd fastest for Harding Racing with a fastest time of 01:20.2853s while Juncos Racing’s Rene Binder brought out the only red flag of the session after hitting the wall was 23rd fastest.