Franchitti quickest in opening practice

Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon gave Ganassi a one-two in the first free practice session at Edmonton

Franchitti quickest in opening practice

The leading contenders did not even come out for installation laps until the final quarter of an hour, preferring to let the smaller teams clean the track for them at first.

When the pace increased in the closing stages, it was Penske's Ryan Briscoe who first came through to depose previous benchmarks Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold) and Mario Moraes (KV), before Dixon, championship leader Will Power (Penske) and finally Franchitti took turns in front in quick succession.

Power finished the morning third behind the Ganassi pair, and ahead of his team-mate Helio Castroneves, while Wilson got back up to fifth in the end.

Paul Tracy made a very strong start to his second weekend back at KV, taking sixth place having been a consistent frontrunner in the second half of the session.

His team-mates EJ Viso and Takuma Sato were ninth and 10th, behind Briscoe and Andretti Autosport's lead runner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Sato was soaked in an early incident when he understeered off-course and through the puddles left from the previous night's rain.

There were two stoppages, the first caused by Milka Duno (Dale Coyne) spinning into the tyres at Turn 10, and the second by Bertrand Baguette spinning his Conquest car through an advertising sign after a rough landing from a chicane kerb.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m03.0885s 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m03.1726s + 0.0841s 3. Will Power Penske 1m03.1732s + 0.0847s 4. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m03.3504s + 0.2619s 5. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m03.4923s + 0.4038s 6. Paul Tracy KV 1m03.5054s + 0.4169s 7. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m03.5801s + 0.4916s 8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m03.8048s + 0.7163s 9. EJ Viso KV 1m03.8252s + 0.7367s 10. Takuma Sato KV 1m03.8858s + 0.7973s 11. Tony Kanaan Andretti 1m03.9549s + 0.8664s 12. Mario Moraes KV 1m03.9808s + 0.8923s 13. Alex Tagliani Fazzt 1m04.0583s + 0.9698s 14. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas 1m04.2980s + 1.2095s 15. Mario Romancini Conquest 1m04.3564s + 1.2680s 16. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m04.4140s + 1.3255s 17. Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon 1m04.4304s + 1.3420s 18. Dan Wheldon Panther 1m04.5164s + 1.4280s 19. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold 1m04.5257s + 1.4372s 20. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 1m04.6923s + 1.6038s 21. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m04.7031s + 1.6146s 22. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m04.7061s + 1.6177s 23. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m04.9767s + 1.8883s 24. Bertrand Baguette Conquest 1m05.3084s + 2.2199s 25. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 1m15.2416s + 12.1532s 
shares
comments
Power sure oval win will come
Previous article

Power sure oval win will come

Next article

Power leads Penske practice sweep

Power leads Penske practice sweep
Load comments
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Plus

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over Plus

Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over

OPINION: The 2021 IndyCar silly season has been one of the silliest for many years, as many talented drivers remain in play – with new pieces to the puzzle being added all the time. Here's what we know so far about who will end up where in 2022

IndyCar
Sep 15, 2021
Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears Plus

Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears

OPINION: The rise of two drivers racing only their second full-season IndyCar campaigns to head the points with four races to go has led to some observers doubting the credentials of the old guard. But they haven't faded away, there's merely a deeper talent pool that is helping to make this season one of the best in recent years

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021