Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet said that the car rolled off the truck well as he topped the time sheets in the opening practice session ahead of Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen.
Dixon set a blistering lap time of 01:23.6921s ending the session just ahead of KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and Team Penske’s Will Power in third.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet was fourth fastest setting a time of 01:24.7934s ending the morning ahead of Texas winner Graham Rahal who was the fastest Honda powered car. Rahal ended the session just ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet was seventh fastest just ahead of series points leader Simon Pagenaud.
Helio Castroneves was ninth fastest in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet with Alexander Rossi rounding out the top ten for Andretti Autosport. Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet was 11th fastest just ahead of team mate Max Chilton with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay ending the session in 13th place.
Takuma Sato was 14th fastest for AJ Foyt Racing ending the session just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe who ended the session 15th place.
Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Samsung Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet ended the session in 16th place just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s RC Enerson. Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda was 18th fastest just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth.
Marco Andretti was 20th fastest ending the session just ahead of his team mate Carlos Munoz. Conor Daly rounded out the order for Dale Coyne Racing in 22nd place after hitting the barrier at turn 6. The second practice session gets underway at 3:30pm.