KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais set the fastest time in the morning session as the on track action got underway on the streets of Toronto ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.
The Frenchman set a fastest time of 01:02.9290s ended the session just ahead of Simon Pagenaud while reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet. Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Racing Honda was fourth fastest.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal was fifth fastest ending the session just ahead of Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet. Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet was seventh fastest just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport.
Helio Castroneves was 9th fastest in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet while Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda rounded out the top ten for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi was 11th fastest in the in the No.98 Castrol/Edge with Curb Honda just ahead of his team mate Marco Andretti in the No.27 UFD/Snapple Honda while Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Devilbliss Chevrolet was 12th fastest.
Charlie Kimball was 13th for Chip Ganassi Racing just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet who ended the session faster than his team mate Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda was 17th fastest just ahead of Luca Filippi who is back racing with Dale Coyne this weekend. The Italian who finished last years race on the podium set a fastest time of 01:03.9752s.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda had a tough opening session as the home favourite finished the morning in 19th place just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly and AJ Foyt Tacing’s Jack Hawksworth. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton rounded out the order in 22nd place with a fastest time of 01:05.5153s. The second practice session gets underway at 2:30PM.