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Long Beach IndyCar: Dixon sets practice pace for Ganassi

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon went fastest in first practice for the second round of the 2017 IndyCar season in Long Beach

The New Zealander set a time of 1m07.6357s ahead of Team Penske's Helio Castroneves and Dale Coyne Racing's points leader Sebastien Bourdais to lead the way for a third straight practice session in the 2017 season.

Schmidt Peterson Racing driver James Hinchcliffe was fourth fastest despite going off track at Turn 8 and requiring a U-turn to rejoin late in the session, with Will Power fifth and Alexander Rossi sixth and fastest of the Andretti contingent.

His team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay finished seventh above Tony Kanaan and reigning champion Simon Pagenaud.

Mikhail Aleshin completed the top 10 but also explored the outskirts of the track at Turn 1, going straight on at the corner with a right-front lock-up.

Carlos Munoz, who ended up 13th, was the first driver to make an error on track, spinning and successfully getting away with no damage to his rear wing at Turn 6 after the right-hand side brushed the wall.

Ganassi's Max Chilton was shown the black flag by stewards after being unable to get up to speed earlier in the session due to a suspected electrical issue.

The Briton later returned to track after a period in the pitlane, but completed the slowest lap of any driver, 2.0859s behind Dixon's time.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.6357s - 14
2 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.7609s 0.1252s 15
3 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.8187s 0.1830s 19
4 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.8195s 0.1838s 11
5 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.9058s 0.2701s 18
6 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m07.9702s 0.3345s 19
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.9842s 0.3485s 16
8 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.0546s 0.4189s 16
9 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.1668s 0.5311s 13
10 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m08.1669s 0.5312s 20
11 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m08.1822s 0.5465s 19
12 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m08.2555s 0.6198s 16
13 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.2937s 0.6580s 17
14 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.5295s 0.8938s 15
15 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.5507s 0.9150s 20
16 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.6284s 0.9927s 21
17 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.6898s 1.0541s 18
18 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m08.7292s 1.0935s 18
19 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.9881s 1.3524s 19
20 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m09.2619s 1.6262s 20
21 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m09.7216s 2.0859s 13


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