Texas IndyCar: Tony Kanaan leads all-Ganassi practice top three
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, June 6th 2014, 16:32 GMT|
Tony Kanaan led a Ganassi 1-2-3 in the opening practice session for this weekend's IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.
With just a few minutes left on the clock, Kanaan leaned on his second set of tyres to deliver a 23.8762-second and 219.382mph lap, putting himself well clear of team-mate and fellow late-improver Scott Dixon's 218.321mph.
Ryan Briscoe completed the 1-2-3 sweep with a 217.763mph lap that he set right at the beginning of the session, keeping the Australian on top for more than an hour before Kanaan finally unseated him.
Marco Andretti spent most of the session camped in second, but although he also improved on his second set, he did not find the same gains as the Ganassi drivers and eventually finished up fourth-fastest ahead of last year's race-winner Helio Castroneves.
The 75-minute session was completed almost entirely without incident, with all three of the brief caution periods that punctuated the morning being instigated for track inspections.
This was the only practice session before the drivers head back out to qualify later on Friday afternoon, with a second practice session scheduled for the evening to allow for fine-tuning ahead of Saturday night's race.
Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap Speed 1. Tony Kanaan Ganassi/Chevy 23.8762s 219.382 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Chevy 23.9922s +0.1160s 218.321 3. Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Chevy 24.0537s +0.1775s 217.763 4. Marco Andretti Andretti/Honda 24.0745s +0.1983s 217.575 5. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 24.0796s +0.2034s 217.529 6. Juan Pablo Montoya Penske/Chevy 24.1280s +0.2518s 217.092 7. Carlos Huertas Coyne/Honda 24.2149s +0.3387s 216.313 8. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 24.2356s +0.3594s 216.128 9. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 24.2409s +0.3647s 216.081 10. Will Power Penske/Chevy 24.2584s +0.3822s 215.925 11. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 24.2889s +0.4127s 215.654 12. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Honda 24.2975s +0.4213s 215.578 13. Carlos Munoz Andretti/Honda 24.3254s +0.4492s 215.330 14. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Honda 24.4138s +0.5376s 214.551 15. Jack Hawksworth Herta/Honda 24.4563s +0.5801s 214.178 16. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 24.4673s +0.5911s 214.082 17. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 24.4952s +0.619 s 213.838 18. Sebastien Bourdais KV/Chevy 24.5443s +0.6681s 213.410 19. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Chevy 24.5738s +0.6976s 213.154 20. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 24.6023s +0.7261s 212.907 21. Sebastian Saavedra KV/Chevy 24.7048s +0.8286s 212.024 22. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt/Honda 24.7132s +0.8370s 211.952 All drivers use Dallara chassis