Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda led the opening practice session ahead of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Iceman set a fastest time of 01:08.4112s and speaking following the session, the New Zealander said:
The PNC car was fast right out of the box. We had a short first run and then went out and improved in the second run.
“(The track) definitely drives different just because you don’t have the downforce (with the new universal aero kit). The braking zones are a little bigger, power down – especially out of the hairpin – is quite tough. … These cars are so much fun to drive, man, it’s really cool with such a historic place here at Long Beach. It’s nice to be pounding around the streets.
Dixon ended the session just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet ended the session in fourth place for Team Penske while defending Long Beach winner James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ended the session in fifth place with a fastest time of 01:08.9133s.
It was was a great session for 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato as the Japanese driver ended the session in sixth place in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda. for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the session in seventh place just ahead of team mate and defending series champion Josef Newgarden.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet was ninth fastest while Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser/Sullivan Racing rounded out the top ten with a time of 01:09.1270s.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Total Honda ended the session just outside the top ten in 11th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot. Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach in the Group One Thousand One Honda ended the session in 13th place. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda ended the session in 14th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 Sirius XM Michael Shank Racing with SPM Honda ended the session in 15th place with a fastest time of 01:09.6034s.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the session in 16th place with a fastest time of 01:09.6060s. Jones ended the session just ahead of Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet while Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo ended the session in 18th place in the No.19 Paysafe Honda.
Marco Andretti ended the session in 20th place for Bryan Herta Autosport ending the session just ahead of Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Chevrolet.
Charlie Kimball was 22nd in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet while Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist was 23rd fastest. Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser rounded out the order in 24th place with a time of 01:10.7481s.