Juan Pablo Montoya tops first Long Beach IndyCar practice

Juan Pablo Montoya led team-mate Will Power in a Penske one-two in Friday morning practice for IndyCar's Long Beach round

Juan Pablo Montoya tops first Long Beach IndyCar practice

Montoya, whose first CART race win came at the famous Californian street track in 1999, deposed early pacesetter Takuma Sato with a 1m08.3089s halfway through the session and later improved to a 1m08.1290s to cement his top spot.

Power ended up 0.2424 seconds adrift.

While Sato eventually fell to fifth, his AJ Foyt Racing team-mate Jack Hawksworth recovered from an early spin to jump to third late on.

Josef Newgarden split the Foyt cars, with James Hinchcliffe completing the top six.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon led the Andretti and Ganassi teams respectively in seventh and 10th, sandwiching Helio Castroneves and Carlos Munoz.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud kicked off his weekend with a conservative 18th.

Practice was red-flagged for a while so Alexander Rossi's Andretti entry could be retrieved from the tyre wall after he crashed at the Turn 8 right-hander leading onto the back straight.

Fellow young American Charlie Kimball had an incident at the other end of that straight in the final minutes when he slid down the escape road and his Ganassi Dallara-Chevrolet's front brakes caught fire as he tried to navigate his way back out.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.1290s - 14
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.3714s 0.2424s 18
3 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m08.4839s 0.3549s 11
4 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.6050s 0.4760s 18
5 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m08.7097s 0.5807s 11
6 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m08.7565s 0.6275s 15
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m08.7614s 0.6324s 16
8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.8984s 0.7694s 15
9 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m08.9080s 0.7790s 17
10 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.9511s 0.8221s 13
11 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.9621s 0.8331s 16
12 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m08.9825s 0.8535s 17
13 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m09.0566s 0.9276s 17
14 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m09.2039s 1.0749s 18
15 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m09.2190s 1.0900s 19
16 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m09.2330s 1.1040s 14
17 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m09.3633s 1.2343s 20
18 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m09.4132s 1.2842s 14
19 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m09.5736s 1.4446s 19
20 Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m09.6863s 1.5573s 18
21 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m10.0221s 1.8931s 8


shares
comments
Honda needs a miracle at Indy 500 says furious Michael Andretti

Previous article

Honda needs a miracle at Indy 500 says furious Michael Andretti

Next article

Will Power hits the front in Long Beach IndyCar practice two

Will Power hits the front in Long Beach IndyCar practice two
Load comments
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
The lasting legacy of a fallen Indycar rookie Plus

The lasting legacy of a fallen Indycar rookie

Jeff Krosnoff was plucked out of obscurity to become a respected and highly popular professional in Japan, and then got his big break in Indycar for 1996. But a tragic accident at Toronto 25 years ago cut short a promising career and curtailed his regular team-mate Mauro Martini's passion for racing

IndyCar
Jul 14, 2021
The two key areas where Dixon needs to re-assert his authority Plus

The two key areas where Dixon needs to re-assert his authority

OPINION: Having been Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar focal point for the best part of a decade, Scott Dixon has been so far outgunned by new team-mate Alex Palou in 2021. After finishing behind the Spaniard at his traditional happy hunting ground at Mid-Ohio, Dixon has work to do to assume his traditional position in the team and the standings

IndyCar
Jul 6, 2021
The winners and losers of IndyCar 2021 so far Plus

The winners and losers of IndyCar 2021 so far

At the halfway point in the 2021 IndyCar Series season, we've had seven winners in eight races, spread between five teams – none of them Team Penske. In this unusual season, even by IndyCar standards, who’s excelling and who’s dragging their heels?

IndyCar
Jun 18, 2021
Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history Plus

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, he explained his tactics

IndyCar
Jun 2, 2021
How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status Plus

How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status

Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after edging past Alex Palou on the penultimate lap of a thrilling race that validated Michael Shank's faith in the veteran Brazilian - who is discovering that there is life after Penske after all

IndyCar
Jun 1, 2021