Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud set the fastest time in the opening practice session at the Road America circuit ahead of Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix. The Frenchman set a fastest time of 01:43.4804s with Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Honda setting a time of 01:43.5560 with Jack Hawksworth completing the top three for AJ Foyt Racing with a fastest time of 01:43.6747s.
Scott Dixon in the No.9 Clorex Chevrolet led team mate Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda was sixth fastest just ahead of team mate Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Andretti Herta Autosport Honda. James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda was seventh fastest with a time of 01:44.2812s ending the session just ahead of Graham Rahal in the No.15 Gehl Honda. Rahal was able to complete a handful of laps as he had problems with his car early on in the session as the team were unable to get his car fired up.
Josef Newgarden is expected to be given the all clear to continue competing this weekend after the American in the No.21 Direct Supply Chevrolet as he ended the session in 10th place with a fastest time of 01:44.4318s completing 15 laps and ending the session just ahead of Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was 12th fastest ending the opening session just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay.
Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Chevrolet was 14th fastest setting a time of 01:44.6766s completing 13 laps and ending the morning just ahead of KVSH Racing’s LeMans winner Sebastien Bourdais who set a fastest time of 01:44.6940s.
Helio Castroneves was 16th fastest just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton who set a fastest time of 01:44.9057s ending up just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin. Charlie Kimball was 20th in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet with a fastest time of 01:45.3892s.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Gabby Chaves and Conor Daly rounded out the order in 21st and 22nd place respectively.