Gateway IndyCar: Will Power fastest as Penske dominates practice

Will Power led a dominant 1-2-3-4 for Team Penske during opening practice for IndyCar's first event at Gateway Motorsports Park since 2003

Gateway IndyCar: Will Power fastest as Penske dominates practice

In charge for much of the hour-long session, last week's Pocono winner Power eventually topped the timesheet with a 24.2521-second (185.551mph) lap.

Championship leader Josef Newgarden briefly held first place, but would finish second with a fastest time of 24.2635s.

Reigning champion Simon Pagenaud slotted into third, with Helio Castroneves - winner of the Gateway IndyCar race 14 years ago - rounding out the Penske rout in fourth.

The session suffered two caution periods, the first owing to a strange incident that befell Max Chilton.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver lost control of his Dallara-Honda on pitroad and collided with a member of IndyCar personnel, who was knocked over but escaped serious injury.

This led to Chilton sitting out five minutes of practice as punishment. He went on to finish 14th.

Ed Jones put in a strong performance to finish fifth, 10 places ahead of returning Dale Coyne Racing team-mate Sebastien Bourdais. Gateway is Bourdais' first race back after being injured in his Indianapolis 500 qualifying crash in May.

The last two recent Indy 500 winners, Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato, sandwiched seventh-placed Conor Daly.

The top 10 was rounded up by Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay, the latter still in some discomfort from a huge shunt during qualifying last weekend at Pocono.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.2521s - 40
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.2635s 0.0114s 40
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.4552s 0.2031s 32
4 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.4598s 0.2077s 41
5 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 24.5365s 0.2844s 45
6 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 24.6512s 0.3991s 44
7 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 24.6665s 0.4144s 47
8 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.7128s 0.4607s 42
9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 24.7224s 0.4703s 46
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.7415s 0.4894s 46
11 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 24.7690s 0.5169s 45
12 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 24.7705s 0.5184s 55
13 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.8035s 0.5514s 45
14 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 24.8100s 0.5579s 45
15 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 24.8177s 0.5656s 41
16 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 24.8355s 0.5834s 44
17 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.8620s 0.6099s 48
18 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 24.8913s 0.6392s 53
19 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 24.9396s 0.6875s 42
20 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.9826s 0.7305s 52
21 Sebastian Saavedra Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 25.6211s 1.3690s 51


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