Carpenter leads first practice day

Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher Racing marked their first IndyCar appearances of the season with the quickest time on the opening day of fully-fledged practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday

Carpenter leads first practice day

The six-hour session was interrupted by rain showers, and was for many teams little more than a shakedown. But Carpenter covered 32 laps, with a best time of 40.0380s at a speed of 224.786mph.

Fisher, who has stepped away from driving this season to concentrate on running the team and the birth later this year of her first child, was delighted with Carpenter's pace in what had previously been her car.

"That wasn't supposed to happen yet," said Fisher of Carpenter's time. "You're supposed to slowly build up and do that.

"I've had a lot of questions about whether it was going to be hard watching the #67 car go around without me in it.

"Honestly, it makes a difference with the individual you have representing you and doing the job for you. Ed's a perfect fit for us and really showed that today. We're really proud of the boys and the job they did together."

Scott Dixon was second fastest for Ganassi, setting his time on the fourth of only six laps he completed on the opening day.

Panther's JR Hildebrand was third, followed by Dario Franchitti (Ganassi) and Marco Andretti (Andretti), with Ryan Briscoe the top Penske driver in sixth.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 40.0380s 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 40.0907s + 0.0527s 3. JR Hildebrand Panther 40.1011s + 0.0631s 4. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 40.1594s + 0.1214s 5. Marco Andretti Andretti 40.1916s + 0.1536s 6. Ryan Briscoe Penske 40.2125s + 0.1745s 7. Vitor Meira Foyt 40.3240s + 0.2860s 8. Graham Rahal Ganassi 40.4015s + 0.3635s 9. Helio Castroneves Penske 40.4031s + 0.3651s 10. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 40.4749s + 0.4369s 11. Paul Tracy Dreyer & Reinbold 40.4868s + 0.4488s 12. Danica Patrick Andretti 40.4982s + 0.4602s 13. John Andretti Petty/Andretti 40.5338s + 0.4958s 14. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 40.5489s + 0.5109s 15. Will Power Penske 40.5704s + 0.5324s 16. Buddy Rice Panther 40.6393s + 0.6013s 17. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 40.6405s + 0.6025s 18. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 40.6696s + 0.6316s 19. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 40.6916s + 0.6536s 20. Takuma Sato KV 40.7455s + 0.7075s 21. Pippa Mann Conquest 40.7717s + 0.7337s 22. Bertrand Baguette Rahal Letterman Lanigan 40.7981s + 0.7601s 23. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 40.8095s + 0.7715s 24. EJ Viso KV 40.8110s + 0.7730s 25. Tony Kanaan KV 40.8373s + 0.7993s 26. Bruno Junqueira Foyt 40.8680s + 0.8300s 27. Tomas Schecketer KV/SH 40.8765s + 0.8385s 28. Mike Conway Andretti 40.8794s + 0.8414s 29. Jay Howard Schmidt/Rahal 40.9280s + 0.8900s 30. Simona de Silvestro HVM 40.9982s + 0.9602s 31. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 41.4477s + 1.4097s 32. James Jakes Dale Coyne 41.4569s + 1.4189s 
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