Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda led the way in the opening practice session ahead of Sunday’s 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Hunter Reay set a fastest time of 01:17.574s and ended the session just ahead of championship leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda.
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet and Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet were third and fourth respectively just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda while Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was sixth for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Total Quartz Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was seventh fastest just ahead of championship contender Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport despite spinning during the session.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Group 1001 Honda for Andretti Autosport was ninth while Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda rounded out the top ten.
It was a great session for Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi as he ended the session in 11th place in the No.19 Paysafe Honda just ahead of his team mate Santino Ferrucci.
Spencer Pigot was 13th for Ed Carpenter Racing just ahead of Takuma Sato in the No.30 Mi-Jack Panasonic Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was 15th despite spinning twice with one of the spins resulting in him making light contact with the wall.
Colton Herta did a great job for Harding Racing as he ended the session in 16th place just ahead of Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey.
Charlie Kimball was 18th for Carlin Racing just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet while Matheus Matt Leist was 20th just ahead of Carlos Munoz in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Jordan King was 22nd for Ed Carpenter Racing just ahead of Max Chilton and Patricio O’Ward while defending series champion Josef Newgarden rounded out the order having failed to set a time due to a mechanical issue with his No.1 Verizon Chevrolet. The Team Penske driver is currently suffering from food poisoning.