Phoenix IndyCar: Carpenter leads Newgarden in ECR practice 1-2

Ed Carpenter led team-mate and employee Josef Newgarden in a one-two for his own squad as Phoenix IndyCar practice was disrupted by heavy crashes for Takuma Sato and James Hinchcliffe

Phoenix IndyCar: Carpenter leads Newgarden in ECR practice 1-2

Nearly half of the Friday morning session - extended from 75 to 85 minutes amid the interruptions - was lost to stoppages, with the yellow flags coming out for both the accidents and later a track inspection, before debris caused a slightly early end.

Sato and Hinchcliffe lost control going into the Arizona oval's first corner and had hefty impacts with the wall.

They were unhurt, but their respective AJ Foyt and Schmidt Peterson teams face a very busy time before qualifying and the night practice session later on Friday.

Tony Kanaan led most of the longest spell of green-flag running for Ganassi, before rapid late laps from the two Ed Carpenter Racing cars put Carpenter - who did a 19.1227-second, 192.4mph effort - and Newgarden to the front.

Newgarden only had one proper run in the session, with a technical problem keeping him in the garage area until late on, but was immediately quick when he took to the track.

Kanaan was ultimately pushed down to fourth, behind Penske's Helio Castroneves.

Penske and Ganassi monopolised the remaining top 10 positions, with Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Will Power, Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya and top rookie Max Chilton claiming fifth through 10th places.

It was a tough morning for Honda: the three teams that filled the top 10 were all Chevrolet runners, both crashers were Honda cars and the best of the Japanese firm's machines were the Ryan Hunter-Reay-led Andretti Autosport quartet in 11th to 14th.

Saturday night's race will be the first IndyCar event at the historic track since 2005.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.1227s - 22
2 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.1401s 0.0174s 11
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.1589s 0.0362s 35
4 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.1685s 0.0458s 18
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.1709s 0.0482s 24
6 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.2074s 0.0847s 42
7 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.2668s 0.1441s 26
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.2721s 0.1494s 23
9 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.3288s 0.2061s 29
10 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.3506s 0.2279s 44
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 19.3881s 0.2654s 38
12 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 19.4356s 0.3129s 36
13 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 19.4588s 0.3361s 37
14 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 19.5653s 0.4426s 41
15 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.5834s 0.4607s 26
16 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 19.6035s 0.4808s 35
17 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 19.6894s 0.5667s 39
18 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 19.7107s 0.5880s 4
19 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 19.8839s 0.7612s 36
20 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 20.2610s 1.1383s 5
21 Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 20.3056s 1.1829s 56
22 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 20.3151s 1.1924s 31


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