Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ganassi's Dixon fastest in opening practice

Scott Dixon topped a quiet first IndyCar practice session at Mid-Ohio for Chip Ganassi Racing

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ganassi's Dixon fastest in opening practice

Dixon set a time of 1m04.449s, with Team Penske's Will Power in second place, 0.1188 seconds slower than the reigning champion.

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Juan Pablo Montoya was third and Dixon's team-mate Tony Kanaan was fourth.

Helio Castroneves made it three Penske drivers in the top five with fifth place, ahead of James Hinchcliffe.

The best of the Honda-powered runners, Hinchcliffe engaged in a sharp exchange of words with ninth-placed Sebastien Bourdais at the end of the session.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud only managed seventh and Josef Newgarden was eighth, just ahead of Bourdais.

Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay was also noticeably absent from the frontrunners and ended practice in 10th, 0.4568s off the pace set by Dixon.

Turn 2 seemed to be causing issues for many drivers with a reported oil spill in the later part of the session.

Both Power and Conor Daly experienced offs there - the latter bringing out a red flag with just 15 minutes to go, but the session was restarted.

PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.4491s - 23
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.5679s 0.1188s 31
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.6034s 0.1543s 27
4 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.6387s 0.1896s 21
5 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.7217s 0.2726s 24
6 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m04.7559s 0.3068s 28
7 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.7712s 0.3221s 28
8 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.8258s 0.3767s 27
9 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.8662s 0.4171s 25
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m04.9059s 0.4568s 24
11 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.9208s 0.4717s 25
12 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m05.0988s 0.6497s 23
13 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m05.1285s 0.6794s 25
14 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m05.1752s 0.7261s 28
15 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.2710s 0.8219s 22
16 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m05.2977s 0.8486s 23
17 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m05.3099s 0.8608s 29
18 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.3134s 0.8643s 25
19 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m05.5073s 1.0582s 25
20 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.5526s 1.1035s 27
21 R.C. Enerson Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.5533s 1.1042s 31
22 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m05.7503s 1.3012s 30


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