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Simon Pagenaud leads Edmonton IndyCar practice

Simon Pagenaud opened this weekend's IndyCar round at Edmonton by setting the fastest time in the first practice session for the Schmidt Hamilton team

The Frenchman's best lap of 1m16.5391s was well under last year's pole time of 1m18.5165s set by Takuma Sato, and put him almost 0.4 seconds clear of Foyt's Mike Conway in second place. Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne) was third-fastest.

For most of the session, the man to beat was rookie Josef Newgarden, who set a benchmark of 1m17.1461s during the first half hour, when running was restricted to drivers outside the top 10 in the points. But even after the track was opened to the entire field, Newgarden's time held until the final five minutes, and he still finished the session in fifth.

Current points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay ended the morning 22nd fastest, one place behind main championship rival Will Power. The American was forced to sit out the final two minutes of the session for unsportsmanlike conduct following an incident with Wilson's team-mate James Jakes.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                   Time        Gap
 1.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt Dallara-Honda      1m16.5391s
 2.  Mike Conway          Foyt Dallara-Honda         1m16.9309s  + 0.3918s
 3.  Justin Wilson        Coyne Dallara-Honda        1m16.9718s  + 0.4327s
 4.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m17.0914s  + 0.5523s
 5.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher Dallara-Honda       1m17.1461s  + 0.6070s
 6.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m17.1985s  + 0.6594s
 7.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m17.2414s  + 0.7023s
 8.  James Jakes          Coyne Dallara-Honda        1m17.3587s  + 0.8196s
 9.  Rubens Barrichello   KV Dallara-Chevy           1m17.3888s  + 0.8497s
10.  JR Hildebrand        Panther Dallara-Chevy      1m17.3949s  + 0.8558s
11.  Alex Tagliani        Herta Dallara-Honda        1m17.4025s  + 0.8634s
12.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske Dallara-Chevy       1m17.4110s  + 0.8719s
13.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m17.5277s  + 0.9886s
14.  Takuma Sato          Rahal Dallara-Honda        1m17.6276s  + 1.0885s
15.  Marco Andretti       Andretti Dallara-Chevy     1m17.6346s  + 1.0955s
16.  Helio Castroneves    Penske Dallara-Chevy       1m17.6804s  + 1.1413s
17.  EJ Viso              KV Dallara-Chevy           1m17.7762s  + 1.2371s
18.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti Dallara-Chevy     1m17.8111s  + 1.2720s
19.  Tony Kanaan          KV Dallara-Chevy           1m17.8311s  + 1.2920s
20.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon Dallara-Chevy       1m17.8715s  + 1.3324s
21.  Will Power           Penske Dallara-Chevy       1m17.9286s  + 1.3895s
22.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti Dallara-Chevy     1m18.1163s  + 1.5772s
23.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM Dallara-Lotus          1m18.1858s  + 1.6467s
24.  Oriol Servia         Panther/DRR Dallara-Chevy  1m18.4726s  + 1.9335s
25.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter Dallara-Chevy    1m18.8988s  + 2.3597s

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