Helio Castroneves picked up where he left in Iowa last weekend following his win in Iowa, the Team Penske driver led the opening practice session in Toronto on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.
The Brazilian led a Penske 1,2,3 with his team mate’s Josef Newgarden and reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud ending the morning in second and third place.
Series points leader and last year’s pole sitter Scott Dixon was fourth fastest in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal was fifth fastest just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet.
The Mayor of HinchTown, James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda ending his opening morning at home in seventh place.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda was eighth just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda. Hunter Reay’s team mate Takuma Sato rounded out the top ten.
Marco Andretti was 11th just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones while Carlos Munoz was 13th in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton was 14th fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet. Defending Toronto race winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske ended the session in 16th place.
Esteban Gutierrez was 17th in the No.18 Unifin Honda for Dale Coyne Racing just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.
Conor Daly was 19th in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing.
Charlie Kimball sporting a new colour scheme in support of Diabetes Canada was 20th for Chip Ganassi Racing while Sebastian Saavedra rounded out the order in 21st place.
The opening practice session was briefly red flagged in order to clear debris on track. Practice 2 gets underway from 2:15PM local time.