Texas IndyCar: Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon tops first practice

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon set the pace in a delayed and shortened opening practice session for Saturday's IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway

Texas IndyCar: Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon tops first practice

Rain overnight and through Friday morning caused first practice to be delayed by just under three hours while the track dried, with the session being trimmed from 75 minutes to 60 as a result of a schedule reshuffle because of the weather.

Dixon moved to the top of the timesheets with a best lap time of 23.202 seconds and a best speed of 223.422mph in the closing moments of the session, which was interrupted by two cautions for track inspections.

He took over first place from team-mate Charlie Kimball, who was 0.163s further back with a best speed of 221.861mph. Early pacesetter Alexander Rossi was third for Andretti.

Following his double-victory at Detroit last weekend, Graham Rahal was fourth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan car, ahead of Marco Andretti - who had a slightly delayed start, not appearing in the first 10 minutes.

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato was sixth quickest with a 23.473s lap and best speed of 220.828mph, making it an all Honda powered top six in the session, with Ed Carpenter and Will Power in the lead Penske the first of the Chevrolet runners.

Dixon's Chip Ganassi team-mate Tony Kanaan was ninth, just under three tenths off the leading pace, with Josef Newgarden completing the top 10 for Penske.

Tristan Vautier, standing in for Esteban Gutierrez, was 16th fastest as he prepares for his first IndyCar race since Sonoma 2015.

The session was the first time IndyCar had returned to the Texas track for a race weekend since it was resurfaced and new drainage was installed following last year's postponed event.

The opening two corners have also been reprofiled as part of track changes resulting in the banking changing from 24 to 20 degrees.

PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 23.2027s - 37
2 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 23.3660s 0.1633s 51
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 23.4234s 0.2207s 47
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 23.4385s 0.2358s 45
5 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 23.4549s 0.2522s 31
6 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 23.4753s 0.2726s 39
7 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 23.4757s 0.2730s 40
8 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 23.4827s 0.2800s 45
9 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 23.4884s 0.2857s 43
10 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 23.4920s 0.2893s 31
11 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 23.5125s 0.3098s 46
12 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 23.5356s 0.3329s 28
13 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 23.5569s 0.3542s 41
14 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 23.5607s 0.3580s 42
15 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 23.5685s 0.3658s 44
16 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 23.6553s 0.4526s 41
17 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 23.6688s 0.4661s 46
18 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 23.6911s 0.4884s 40
19 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 23.6969s 0.4942s 51
20 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 23.7566s 0.5539s 42
21 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 23.9592s 0.7565s 44
22 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 23.9934s 0.7907s 60


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