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IndyCar St Petersburg: Andretti leads first practice session of 2017

Andretti Autosport racer Marco Andretti put in the fastest time during a disrupted first practice session for the IndyCar season-opener in St Petersburg

The American recorded a best effort of 1m03.755s mid-way through the 45-minute session, edging Chip Ganassi Racing's Tony Kanaan to the fastest time by just 0.089 seconds.

Andretti's lap was set shortly after the session was restarted, after Penske driver Will Power - polesitter for last year's race - had hit the wall at Turn 10.

Two-time St Petersburg winner Power lost the rear of his car at the tight left-hander after just three laps and crashed into the barrier.

The 2014 champion was able to recover his damaged car to the pits and returned to the track after a swift repair by his Penske team, Power ending the session in 11th.

Kanaan's Ganassi team-mate Scott Dixon was third, ahead of Schmidt Peterson's James Hinchcliffe and 2016 title winner Simon Pagenaud.

Graham Rahal made a late improvement to move up to sixth place ahead of Helio Castroneves, who was six tenths off the fastest time in opening practice.

Charlie Kimball, Ryan Hunter-Reay and former F1 driver Max Chilton rounded out the top 10.

Last year's Indianaplis 500 winner Alexander Rossi ended the session in 12th place, with new Dale Coyne recruit Sebastien Bourdais next on the leaderboard.

Lap times at the newly resurfaced street track were down on those set last year, in part due to Turn 3 being reconfigured and made slower following incidents in support categories on Thursday.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m03.7559s - 16
2 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m03.8450s 0.0891s 20
3 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m03.8798s 0.1239s 16
4 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m04.1506s 0.3947s 13
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.2131s 0.4572s 15
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m04.3190s 0.5631s 20
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.3488s 0.5929s 16
8 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m04.4071s 0.6512s 20
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m04.4118s 0.6559s 16
10 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m04.5379s 0.7820s 21
11 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.5513s 0.7954s 18
12 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m04.6270s 0.8711s 17
13 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m04.6900s 0.9341s 16
14 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.8290s 1.0731s 16
15 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.8500s 1.0941s 13
16 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m04.8536s 1.0977s 15
17 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m04.9605s 1.2046s 17
18 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.2213s 1.4654s 20
19 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.4289s 1.6730s 14
20 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.5797s 1.8238s 15
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.5928s 1.8369s 8


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