Marco Andretti leads first day of 2016 Indianapolis 500 practice

Marco Andretti was fastest on the opening day of practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 on Monday

Marco Andretti leads first day of 2016 Indianapolis 500 practice

Andretti led a quartet of Andretti Autosport Dallara-Hondas on the speed chart with a fastest lap of 228.978mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a cool and cloudy day.

Carlos Munoz was second at 228.945mph followed by 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay's 228.033mph and Manor Formula 1 reserve Alexander Rossi's 226.865mph.

"These were picture-perfect conditions today," Andretti said. "Next week will likely be warmer, so it's too early to read much into things today."

With rain in the forecast the team decided to switch its testing schedule to get in more track time on Monday than normal.

"I think that's why we look pretty stout right now," Andretti added.

"By Fast Friday you'll see things where they really pan out across the field.

"I'm pretty happy with the behaviour of the car but there's some work to do still.

"The thing about this track is you can be on top one day and then have to completely start over the next."

Four-time IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon was the fastest Chevrolet runner in fifth at 226.835mph.

"We tried a number of things today with the car but no one is going for big numbers this early out there," said the Ganassi driver.

Andretti's additional entry Townsend Bell was sixth and the fastest driver not aided by a tow with a lap at 226.724mph.

"We are still settling in," he said. "It's still early but I'm getting to know the guys and I'm pleased with the direction we are heading in."

All 33 cars that are entered took practice laps on Monday, including the most recent official entry driven by 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier.

It was also a day for the rookie drivers to get through the mandatory rookie orientation programme before they were cleared to participate in practice.

Rossi, Max Chilton, Spencer Pigot and Matt Brabham all passed ROP with ease.

With only 33 car/driver combinations entered there will be no bumping this year as all are assured of making the race.

A full day of rain is expected on Tuesday, with temperatures then increasing later in the week.

FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 39.3051s 61
2 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.0057s 68
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.1629s 60
4 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.3660s 52
5 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3713s 28
6 Townsend Bell Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3907s 51
7 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5430s 38
8 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.6370s 53
9 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6982s 69
10 Bryan Clauson Jonathan Byrd's Racing Dallara/Honda 0.7364s 34
11 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7415s 69
12 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7592s 66
13 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7639s 55
14 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7849s 69
15 Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.8041s 34
16 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8158s 62
17 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8260s 35
18 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8618s 22
19 Oriol Servia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.8660s 35
20 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 0.9047s 24
21 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.9594s 29
22 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0437s 31
23 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0715s 41
24 Spencer Pigot Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1.0870s 84
25 Matthew Brabham Team Murray Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1301s 49
26 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.1469s 43
27 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2331s 64
28 Stefan Wilson KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2342s 38
29 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.3602s 70
30 Alex Tagliani AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1.4715s 13
31 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 2.0500s 6
32 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 2.8324s 14
33 Buddy Lazier Lazier Burns Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 3.0197s 7

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