Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet led the way in the opening practice at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday. The Australian set a fastest time of 01:07.598s and ended the session just ahead of his team mate Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda ended the session as the fastest Honda in third place with a time of 01:08.262s.
It was a great session for Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet as he ended the session in fourth place with a time of 01:08.282s.
Ed Jones started his weekend off with a great session in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing as he ended the session in fifth place just ahead of 2016 champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King was seventh just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Seal Master Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Racing was ninth while Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda rounded out the top ten with a time of 01:08.421s.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda ended the session in 11th place just ahead of Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba® Chevrolet.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda was 13th just ahead of Bryan Herta Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 Honda.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the session in 15th just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 Paysafe Honda ended the session in 17th place.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda ended the session in 18th place with a time of 01:09.089s.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet ended the session in 19th place just ahead of Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda who set the fastest time of 01:09.239s.
Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet ended the session in 21st place just ahead of Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves.
Rene Binder in the 32 Juncos Racing rounded out the order in 23rd place with a time of 01:09.961s.