Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ganassi's Scott Dixon leads Friday practice

Scott Dixon denied Sebastien Bourdais a clean sweep of the opening day of IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio with a last-gasp fastest time during the second session on Friday

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ganassi's Scott Dixon leads Friday practice

Bourdais, who was the pacesetter earlier in the day for KV, climbed to first place when he posted a 1m06.0190s effort with five minutes left on the clock.

Just a couple of minutes later Dixon went faster still in his Ganassi entry, creeping below the 1m06s barrier for the first time this weekend with a 1m05.9645s.

His time remained unbeaten when the chequered flag flew, but the level of competition among the frontrunners was reflected in the top six being covered by less than 0.2 seconds.

That count included two Honda entries - those of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato - and in what has been a rarity on road courses this year, the manufacturers were evenly split right through the field.

Part of that could be attributed to a quiet start from Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud, who found themselves bookending Ganassi rookie Sage Karam down towards the bottom of the timesheets.

Prior to setting the fastest time, Dixon was one of several drivers to spin and trigger a brief stoppage, although he - along with Luca Filippi and Rodolfo Gonzalez, who had moments of their own later on - all managed to continue without damage.

Less fortunate was Gonzalez's Dale Coyne Racing team-mate Tristan Vautier, who ran off the track and endured such a bumpy ride through the grass that his rear wheel pods were torn off.

The Frenchman was able to continue after a visit to the pits for a new rear wing.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.9645s - 31
2 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.0190s 0.0545s 30
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.0781s 0.1136s 30
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m06.1049s 0.1404s 27
5 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m06.1361s 0.1716s 30
6 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.1545s 0.1900s 30
7 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m06.2551s 0.2906s 34
8 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.3202s 0.3557s 33
9 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.4501s 0.4856s 29
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.4977s 0.5332s 30
11 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.5157s 0.5512s 35
12 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m06.5463s 0.5818s 33
13 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m06.6016s 0.6371s 32
14 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.6322s 0.6677s 34
15 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m06.6702s 0.7057s 28
16 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.7242s 0.7597s 35
17 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.7681s 0.8036s 37
18 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.7883s 0.8238s 33
19 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.8429s 0.8784s 32
20 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.9625s 0.9980s 35
21 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.9930s 1.0285s 21
22 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.1196s 1.1551s 31
23 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.3027s 1.3382s 30
24 Rodolfo Gonzalez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.1868s 2.2223s 31

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