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Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud leads practice one for Penske

Penske driver and reigning IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud set the pace in first practice at Mid-Ohio, finishing just 0.0343 seconds ahead of Graham Rahal

Pagenaud was one of the last drivers to head out onto the circuit, but moved to the top of the timesheets just past the mid-way point in the 45-minute session.

Last year's Mid-Ohio race winner was shuffled back in the closing stages, but he bounced back with two minutes left on the clock to put in a 1m04.9079s and go quickest.

Rahal jumped up to second place in the final moments of practice one, narrowly missing out on first place, with Marco Andretti shooting up the leaderboard late on to finish third.

Helio Castroneves briefly held the lead before dropping to fourth, with fellow Penske drivers Will Power and Josef Newgarden - winner last time out in Toronto - fifth and seventh.

Ganassi's Max Chilton finished between the Penske drivers in sixth, having set the pace in the early stages of first practice. Ryan Hunter-Reay was next up for Andretti.

Championship leader Scott Dixon, a five-time Mid-Ohio winner in IndyCar, was ninth fastest and Spencer Pigot completed the top 10 after a late improvement.

Toronto podium finishers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe only managed 11th and 12th, having earlier featured at the top of the timesheets.

Mikhail Aleshin returned from a one-race break, where he was replaced by Sebastian Saavedra at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, to claim 13th.

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato could only manage 16th, while former Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez suffered a slightly messy session - spinning at Turn 2 - and was 20th, albeit still within 0.9s of Pagenaud.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.9079s - 13
2 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m04.9422s 0.0343s 19
3 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m04.9814s 0.0735s 19
4 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.9834s 0.0755s 15
5 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.1323s 0.2244s 19
6 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.1429s 0.2350s 23
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.1910s 0.2831s 16
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m05.2256s 0.3177s 20
9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.2320s 0.3241s 15
10 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.5392s 0.6313s 20
11 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m05.5408s 0.6329s 17
12 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m05.6204s 0.7125s 12
13 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m05.6651s 0.7572s 19
14 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.6662s 0.7583s 13
15 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.6794s 0.7715s 16
16 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m05.6940s 0.7861s 17
17 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.7527s 0.8448s 19
18 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.7952s 0.8873s 16
19 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.8163s 0.9084s 16
20 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.8791s 0.9712s 16
21 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.0255s 1.1176s 20


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