Pocono IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay leads crash-disrupted practice

Ryan Hunter-Reay led Pocono IndyCar practice for Andretti Autosport ahead of Simon Pagenaud

Pocono IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay leads crash-disrupted practice

Hunter-Reay set his time late on in the session with a best lap of 41.0456 seconds (219.268mph), after a caution came out because of a crash from Ed Carpenter.

Carpenter had just improved his time to get inside the top 10 in seventh place, when he lost the back end of his car exiting Turn 3 and slammed into the barrier.

An extra seven minutes was added on to session, but it was not long before the next stoppage came just a few minutes later when Ed Jones spun on the exit of Turn 1.

From there the session restarted with just under five minutes left, allowing for Pagenaud to improve to second for Penske on a 41.0563s (219.211mph). Ganassi's Tony Kanaan also made a late move to finish third quickest.

Marco Andretti led most of the session before the stoppages, ending up fourth fastest. Scott Dixon who rounded out the top five.

Takuma Sato was also among those to improve in the dying moments of the session, reaching sixth fastest from 14th.

Alexander Rossi was seventh ahead of Graham Rahal and Helio Castroneves, with Gabby Chaves rounding out the top 10 at the start of only the third event for the new Harding Racing team.

Championship leader Josef Newgarden was just 20th fastest and nine tenths of a second off Hunter-Reay's pace.

Sebastian Saavedra, taking over from Mikhail Aleshin at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the rest of the season, was just ahead of Newgarden in 19th.

Free practice times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 41.0456s - 39
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 41.0563s 0.0107s 29
3 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 41.0658s 0.0202s 28
4 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 41.1267s 0.0811s 38
5 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 41.2005s 0.1549s 31
6 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 41.2118s 0.1662s 32
7 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 41.2265s 0.1809s 35
8 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 41.3342s 0.2886s 38
9 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 41.3517s 0.3061s 39
10 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 41.4209s 0.3753s 39
11 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 41.4262s 0.3806s 35
12 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 41.4483s 0.4027s 38
13 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 41.4659s 0.4203s 40
14 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 41.4962s 0.4506s 32
15 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 41.5101s 0.4645s 22
16 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 41.5255s 0.4799s 29
17 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 41.5301s 0.4845s 33
18 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 41.5893s 0.5437s 30
19 Sebastian Saavedra Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 41.7051s 0.6595s 43
20 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 41.9038s 0.8582s 31
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 41.9099s 0.8643s 38
22 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 42.2675s 1.2219s 33


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