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Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Friday morning practice

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti, Mid-Ohio IndyCar 2014

Ryan Hunter-Reay set the pace in the opening practice session for this weekend's IndyCar round at Mid-Ohio.

The Andretti Autosport driver waited until his final lap to post a fastest time of 1m06.5316s, beating Simon Pagenaud's previous benchmark by 0.1415 seconds.

Scott Dixon waited longer than any other driver to emerge from the pitlane, the reigning champion making his first appearance with around 10 minutes left on the clock, but that was still enough time for him to finish the morning third-fastest.

Mikhail Aleshin and Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top five on a morning notable mostly for how little running most of the drivers completed. In a 45 minute session, only Bourdais and Graham Rahal registered 20 or more laps.

The limited running was likely a side-effect of the fact that Firestone has only allocated five sets of tyres to each car for the weekend instead of six, which was the previous norm for events that have three practice sessions.

Pos  Driver              Team/Engine      Time        Gap      Laps
 1.  Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Honda   1m06.5316s            10 
 2.  Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda    1m06.6731s  +0.1415s   6 
 3.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Chevy    1m06.7140s  +0.1824s   9 
 4.  Mikhail Aleshin     Schmidt/Honda    1m06.7280s  +0.1964s  18 
 5.  Sebastien Bourdais  KV/Chevy         1m06.8192s  +0.2876s  20 
 6.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Honda   1m06.8669s  +0.3353s   9 
 7.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Honda   1m06.8675s  +0.3359s   8 
 8.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske/Chevy     1m06.8686s  +0.3370s  11 
 9.  Ryan Briscoe        Ganassi/Chevy    1m06.8962s  +0.3646s  19 
10.  Carlos Huertas      Coyne/Honda      1m06.8977s  +0.3661s  19 
11.  Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda      1m07.0099s  +0.4783s  23 
12.  Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda       1m07.0233s  +0.4917s  10 
13.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy     1m07.0248s  +0.4932s  11 
14.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda     1m07.0276s  +0.4960s  13 
15.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda      1m07.0967s  +0.5651s  12 
16.  Carlos Munoz        Andretti/Honda   1m07.1100s  +0.5784s  12 
17.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.1596s  +0.6280s  16 
18.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy     1m07.2238s  +0.6922s  12 
19.  Sebastian Saavedra  KV/Chevy         1m07.3629s  +0.8313s  17 
20.  Tony Kanaan         Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.3968s  +0.8652s   6 
21.  Mike Conway         Carpenter/Chevy  1m07.7806s  +1.2490s  13 
22.  Jack Hawksworth     Herta/Honda      1m08.0129s  +1.4813s  19 
All drivers use Dallara chassis                           
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