Dixon fastest in first practice
|By Matt Beer||Friday, July 16th 2010, 15:00 GMT|
Scott Dixon was quickest in opening practice for this weekend's IndyCar street race in Toronto, despite tangling with Takuma Sato at the end of the hour.
Contact between Dixon and Sato at Turn 6 saw the KV car spin around in front of Dixon's Ganassi Dallara and come to a halt blocking it. The following Bertrand Baguette (Conquest) then slid into the rear of Dixon's car in the traffic jam.
The incident brought the session to a slightly early end, with the officials deciding to throw the chequered flag as well as a yellow to allow the three cars to be restarted.
Sato had also been at the centre of the morning's other yellow, when he crashed at the final turn on what would have been his first lap. The incident neatly removed Sato's rear wing, but he was soon back on track with a new one.
Dixon and the rest of the Ganassi and Penske contingent had sat out most of the morning, letting the underdogs clean the circuit and only joining in with 20 minutes to go.
It did not take Dixon long to go fastest on a 1m03.9149s, just 0.0655s ahead of Justin Wilson's Dreyer & Reinbold car.
Alex Tagliani got his home race weekend off to a great start with third for Fazzt, followed by Penske's Helio Castroneves, Ganassi's Dario Franchitti and Andretti Autosport duo Tony Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Championship leader Will Power was back in eighth for Penske.
KV's EJ Viso was one of a host of drivers who had a turn on top during the opening 40 minutes and ended up ninth.
Returnees Tomas Scheckter (Dreyer & Reinbold), Graham Rahal (Newman/Haas) and Paul Tracy (KV) were 11th, 13th and 15th respectively.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m03.9149s 2. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m03.9804s + 0.0655s 3. Alex Tagliani Fazzt 1m04.0220s + 0.1071s 4. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m04.0354s + 0.1206s 5. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m04.3344s + 0.4195s 6. Tony Kanaan Andretti 1m04.4004s + 0.4856s 7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m04.4111s + 0.4963s 8. Will Power Penske 1m04.4444s + 0.5295s 9. EJ Viso KV 1m04.4786s + 0.5637s 10. Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon 1m04.5822s + 0.6673s 11. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold 1m04.6085s + 0.6937s 12. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m04.7159s + 0.8010s 13. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas 1m04.7488s + 0.8339s 14. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m04.8761s + 0.9613s 15. Paul Tracy KV 1m05.0083s + 1.0935s 16. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m05.4021s + 1.4873s 17. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas 1m05.6601s + 1.7452s 18. Bertrand Baguette Conquest 1m05.6714s + 1.7565s 19. Dan Wheldon Panther 1m05.8653s + 1.9505s 20. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m05.9338s + 2.0189s 21. Mario Moraes KV 1m06.0202s + 2.1053s 22. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m06.1770s + 2.2621s 23. Takuma Sato KV 1m06.4394s + 2.5246s 24. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 1m07.0909s + 3.1760s 25. Mario Romancini Conquest 1m07.6783s + 3.7635s 26. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 1m11.9951s + 8.0803s