IndyCar leader Josef Newgarden fastest in Sonoma decide practice

Championship leader Josef Newgarden took an early advantage in his search for a first IndyCar title by topping first practice for the final 2017 race weekend at Sonoma

IndyCar leader Josef Newgarden fastest in Sonoma decide practice

The Penske driver set a lap time of 1m16.3950s to lead ahead of team-mates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud.

These drivers are among the seven who have a mathematical chance of winning the championship this weekend, with a doubled total of 104 points available.

Newgarden leads Scott Dixon by three points, with Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud 22 and 34 points adrift.

Alexander Rossi - who starts the weekend sixth in the standings - finished practice fourth, with Sebastien Bourdais fifth.

Dixon was sixth fastest, ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Castroneves was eighth, with Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti rounding out the top 10.

Graham Rahal - who has an outside chance of the title, beginning the weekend 94 points behind Newgarden - was 11th.

Takuma Sato started his final weekend for Andretti Autosport in 12th, while JR Hildebrand ended up 14th as he prepares to depart his current Ed Carpenter Racing seat after the event - two places ahead of 2018 replacement Spencer Pigot.

Track rookies Ed Jones and Jack Harvey were 15th and 20th.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan's newcomer Zachary Claman DeMelo completed his first practice session in the series in 22nd and last.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.3950s - 8
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.4322s 0.0372s 10
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.5047s 0.1097s 10
4 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m16.5720s 0.1770s 13
5 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.6060s 0.2110s 15
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.6197s 0.2247s 10
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.6711s 0.2761s 9
8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.7025s 0.3075s 7
9 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.7484s 0.3534s 8
10 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.7843s 0.3893s 8
11 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m16.9072s 0.5122s 13
12 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.9676s 0.5726s 16
13 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m17.1210s 0.7260s 7
14 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.3287s 0.9337s 16
15 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.3960s 1.0010s 11
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.4254s 1.0304s 13
17 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.4384s 1.0434s 13
18 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.4736s 1.0786s 12
19 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.5451s 1.1501s 13
20 Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m17.6168s 1.2218s 11
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.6566s 1.2616s 17
22 Zachary Claman Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m17.9506s 1.5556s 16


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