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Texas IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud leads Penske one-two in practice

Simon Pagenaud led a Penske one-two in practice for Saturday night's IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway

The Frenchman went to the top in the closing minutes with a fastest lap of 216.172mph, narrowly edging out team-mate Will Power's 216.126mph.

Takuma Sato was the only other driver to make it into the 216mph range, putting Honda on the board at third-fastest with a 216.078mph lap for AJ Foyt Racing.

Ganassi's Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, who led the early part of the session, finished up fourth and fifth-fastest respectively, while further back, Coyne stand-in driver Tristan Vautier made a strong start to end the morning in eighth.

A mostly uneventful session was punctuated by just one major incident, which came at around the halfway mark when Ryan Hunter-Reay's car suddenly snapped out in Turn 2.

It skated up the banking and slammed the wall side-on before skidding back down and coming to a rest rear-first against the inside barrier.

Hunter-Reay was checked and swiftly released from the infield medical centre, although the Andretti team faces a scramble to get his car repaired in time for qualifying later on Friday.

PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Speed
1 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.2307s - 216.172
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.2359s 0.0052s 216.126
3 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 24.2413s 0.0106s 216.078
4 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.2854s 0.0547s 215.685
5 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.3273s 0.0966s 215.314
6 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.3317s 0.1010s 215.275
7 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 24.3436s 0.1129s 215.169
8 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 24.3766s 0.1459s 214.878
9 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.3787s 0.1480s 214.860
10 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.3993s 0.1686s 214.678
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.4572s 0.2265s 214.170
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.4658s 0.2351s 214.095
13 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.5348s 0.3041s 213.493
14 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 24.5402s 0.3095s 213.446
15 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.5482s 0.3175s 213.376
16 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.5532s 0.3225s 213.333
17 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 24.5616s 0.3309s 213.260
18 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 24.7037s 0.4730s 212.033
19 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 24.7103s 0.4796s 211.976
20 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 24.7499s 0.5192s 211.637
21 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.8274s 0.5967s 210.977
22 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.8581s 0.6274s 210.716
23 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.8599s 0.6292s 210.701


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