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Phoenix IndyCar: Josef Newgarden fastest in practice for Penske

Josef Newgarden topped the timesheets in the sole practice session ahead of qualifying for Saturday night's Phoenix IndyCar race

Newgarden followed up his first Penske win last weekend at Barber Motorsports Park by setting a 19.1517-second lap with six minutes of Friday afternoon's two-hour session remaining.

Ed Carpenter Racing's JR Hildebrand was second fastest, 0.0427s behind, as he returned to action after missing Barber due to the hand injury he sustained in a last-lap collision with Mikhail Aleshin in Long Beach.

Hildebrand was followed in the order by Newgarden's three Penske team-mates, with Helio Castroneves third, Simon Pagenaud fourth and Will Power fifth.

Ganassi's Scott Dixon was top of the order for most of the first 90 minutes of the session and was fifth fastest in the end, the first Honda runner.

Points leader Sebastien Bourdais was seventh fastest, and was followed by the Ganassi pair Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan in eighth and ninth respectively.

Mikhail Aleshin completed the top 10 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ed Carpenter had a frustrating session, sitting out most of it with engine problems that required his team to replace the fuel cell. He faces a race against time to be ready for the evening's qualifying session.

Windy conditions disrupted some of practice, with resultant dust storms causing more than one caution period, including one that in effect ended the session a few minutes early.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.1517s - 69
2 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 19.1944s 0.0427s 56
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.2786s 0.1269s 69
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.2799s 0.1282s 71
5 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 19.3073s 0.1556s 79
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 19.3590s 0.2073s 70
7 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 19.3824s 0.2307s 58
8 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 19.4438s 0.2921s 68
9 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 19.4753s 0.3236s 52
10 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 19.4955s 0.3438s 57
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 19.6256s 0.4739s 63
12 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 19.6551s 0.5034s 68
13 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 19.6982s 0.5465s 60
14 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 19.7405s 0.5888s 52
15 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 19.8220s 0.6703s 50
16 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 19.8359s 0.6842s 61
17 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 19.8699s 0.7182s 59
18 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 19.8742s 0.7225s 52
19 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 19.9807s 0.8290s 24
20 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 20.1333s 0.9816s 49
21 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 20.1701s 1.0184s 17

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