Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Verizon Chevrolet set the fastest time in the opening session ahead of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Montoya set a fastest time of 1m 08.1290s ending the session just ahead of Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet.
Jack Hawksworth in the No.41 ABC Supply Co. AJ Foyt Racing Honda was third fastest completing 11 laps with a fastest time of 1m 08.4839s ending the session just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet of Josef Newgarden.
Takuma Sato who has won here previously was fifth fastest in the No.14 ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Racing Honda.
It was a great session for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe as the mayor of Hinchtown set the sixth fastest time in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda completing 15 laps with a fastest time of 1m 08.7565s.
Ryan Hunter Reay was seventh fastest in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport ending the session just ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet. Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Andretti Autosport was 9th fastest with reigning series champion Scott Dixon rounded out the top ten in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Sebastien Bourdais was 11th fastest for KVSH Racing ending up just ahead of the No.15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with Theodore Racing of Graham Rahal who set a fastest time of 1m 08.9825s.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresbia Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was 13th fastest, he suffered a brake fire right at the end of the extended session bringing out the red flag.
Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti set the 14th fastest time ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Honda. Tony Kanaan was 16th fastest in the No.10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet.
Conor Daly ended the session in 17th place for Dale Coyne Racing just ahead of championship leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet.
Max Chilton and Luca Filippi rounded out the order in 19th and 20th for Chip Ganassi Racing and Dale Coyne Racing respectively.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Castrol Edge/Curb was at the bottom of the times after hitting the tyre wall which brought out the first red flag of the session leading to an extra five minutes been added to the on track action.