Milwaukee IndyCar: Josef Newgarden heads first practice session

Josef Newgarden opened this weekend's IndyCar round at Milwaukee by topping the times in Saturday's first practice session

Milwaukee IndyCar: Josef Newgarden heads first practice session

The CFH driver shot to P1 in the closing minutes with a fastest lap of 21.5415 seconds 169.628mph to beat the previous benchmark of 21,5692s and 168.777mph set by Takuma Sato, who himself had only assumed the role of leader after Tony Kanaan had dug himself in at the top for most of the session.

While Kanaan's 167.702mph lap remained unbeaten for more than an hour, the Brazilian was unable to improve on it as the session progressed and he finished the afternoon fifth-fastest.

Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud made a late jump to finish up in P2 on a day where his team-mates found themselves 10th (Will Power), 11th (Helio Castroneves) and 15th (Juan Pablo Montoya).

Aside from two brief spells under yellows for debris the session passed mostly without incident, and all teams managed to complete a solid amount of running. KV rookie Stefano Coletti topped the lap count at 98.

In an innovative schedule, both qualifying and the race take place on Sunday this weekend, with a three-hour gap between them.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 21.5415s -
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 21.5692s 0.0277s
3 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 21.6499s 0.1084s
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 21.7379s 0.1964s
5 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 21.7886s 0.2471s
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 21.8247s 0.2832s
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 21.9394s 0.3979s
8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 21.9746s 0.4331s
9 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 21.9791s 0.4376s
10 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 21.9941s 0.4526s
11 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 22.0131s 0.4716s
12 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 22.0720s 0.5305s
13 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 22.1151s 0.5736s
14 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 22.1349s 0.5934s
15 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 22.1818s 0.6403s
16 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 22.2474s 0.7059s
17 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 22.2536s 0.7121s
18 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 22.2622s 0.7207s
19 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 22.2784s 0.7369s
20 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 22.2909s 0.7494s
21 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 22.3075s 0.7660s
22 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 22.4374s 0.8959s
23 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 22.6662s 1.1247s
24 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 23.4648s 1.9233s


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