Ed Carpenter Racing’s team owner/driver Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka Chevrolet set the fastest time in the opening practice session at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway setting a fastest time of 19.1227s.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka Chevrolet was second fastest with a time of 19.1401s ending the session just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the No.3 REV Team Penske Chevrolet.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 GE Light LED Chip Ganaasi Racing Team Chevrolet was fourth fastest after leading the extended session for a time. The Brazilian ended up just ahead of Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Devilbliss Team Penske Chevrolet while Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet was 6th fastest, 0.0847s behind Carpenter.
Will Power on his return to competitive track action was 7th fastest in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet just ahead of reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet.
Juan Pablo Montoya was 9th fastest in the No.2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet with Max Chilton rounding out the top ten in the No.8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet.
The top ten were made up entirely of Chevrolet powered cars with the fastest Honda driver Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ending the session in 11th place leading his Andretti Autosport team mate’s Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi with KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet ending the morning in 15th place just ahead of Rahal Letteman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda.
Mikhail Aleshin was the fastest Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car in 17th place ending the session just ahead of his team mate James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda. The Mayor of HinchTown was forced to sit out most of the session after making contact with the wall at Turn 2 causing damage to his car however fortunately the mayor was unhurt, with the team tweeting:
The resulting caution caused a slight delay in proceedings but the main thing is that Hinchcliffe is ok.
Conor Daly in the No.18 Dale Coyne Honda was 19th fastest just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply Honda who suffered a big accident early in the session which caused a lengthily delay in the action leading IndyCar to extend practice by 10 minutes.
Luca Filippi was 21st for Dale Coyne Racing while Jack Hawksworth rounded out the order in 22nd place.