Ganassi's Scott Dixon sweeps IndyCar Friday practice at Toronto

Chip Ganassi Racing driver and IndyCar championship leader Scott Dixon topped both Friday practice sessions ahead of the Toronto race

Ganassi's Scott Dixon sweeps IndyCar Friday practice at Toronto

Dixon's fastest time of 59.0751 seconds came in the second session, a period in which most teams used the softer Firestone red-walled tyre compound.

That left him 0.4s clear of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato as RLLR proved Dixon's closest challenger in both practices.

In the first session, it was Graham Rahal leading the RLLR two-car effort in second, but he spun out of the final corner in the second practice and proved to be only fourth fastest.

The RLLR cars were split by the fastest of the Andretti Autosport machines in the afternoon running with Detroit polesitter Marco Andretti in third, a feat he repeated in both sessions.

He beat team-mate Alexander Rossi by half a tenth, while Ed Carpenter Racing's Spencer Pigot - who scored his first IndyCar podium at Iowa last weekend - was an impressive sixth and the fastest Chevrolet-powered runner.

Ryan Hunter-Reay rubbed the outside wall at Turn 1 but recovered to take eighth in the morning, before doing so again in the second practice session.

Defending Toronto winner and defending champion, Penske's Josef Newgarden was seventh fastest in the afternoon, but it was a torrid session for team-mate Will Power who not only grated his left-hand wheels along the Turn 1 wall but then also slithered into the Turn 1 run-off area, eventually winding up 16th and 1.2s off Dixon's benchmark.

Local drivers Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe had a difficult day in their home race weekend for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Wickens was best placed in the first session down in 11th, with Hinchcliffe the top SPM driver in the afternoon with 10th.

Conor Daly improved in his first IndyCar weekend with Harding Racing having replaced Gabby Chaves at Toronto, going from 20th in the morning to 17th in the afternoon.

Ed Carpenter Racing's Jordan King had a morning to forget when he ran out of fuel on the course and brought out a red flag. He then finished 21st in the afternoon, rounding out a difficult Friday.

Free practice one results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m00.7474s
2 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.1911s
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.2312s
4 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.2576s
5 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.3018s
6 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.3834s
7 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4121s
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5062s
9 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5229s
10 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.5715s
11 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.5936s
12 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5962s
13 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6934s
14 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.9525s
15 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0220s
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1312s
17 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1564s
18 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.2552s
19 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.4281s
20 Conor Daly Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.6383s
21 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.6648s
22 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.7240s
23 Rene Binder Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.7298s

Free practice two results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 59.0751s
2 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.4366s
3 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.4526s
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.4557s
5 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5095s
6 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5599s
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5632s
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5720s
9 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.7276s
10 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.7406s
11 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7466s
12 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.8924s
13 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.9111s
14 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9427s
15 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.9845s
16 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2503s
17 Conor Daly Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.3363s
18 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4226s
19 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4804s
20 Rene Binder Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4961s
21 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.6011s
22 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.6159s
23 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 2.1072s

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