Toronto IndyCar: Castroneves leads Penske 1-2-3 in first practice

Helio Castroneves led a Penske 1-2-3 in Friday's first IndyCar practice session on the streets of Toronto

Toronto IndyCar: Castroneves leads Penske 1-2-3 in first practice

Castroneves, who claimed his first IndyCar victory in three years at Iowa last weekend, set a best lap time of a 1m01.1211s during the 45-minute session.

That left him 0.3887 seconds clear of team-mate Josef Newgarden, who improved late on to jump reigning champion Simon Pagenaud for second.

Points leader Scott Dixon was fourth fastest and five tenths off the pace after a flurry of laps towards the end of the session hoisted him up the order, with a red flag midway through the session for debris briefly stopping drivers' runs.

Graham Rahal's best lap put him fifth ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing driver Spencer Pigot, while Canadian James Hinchcliffe was seventh-fastest on home turf.

Tony Kanaan was eighth and completed only eight laps, with the Chip Ganassi Racing driver opting to save his tyres for further runs in Friday's afternoon session.

Early pacesetter Marco Andretti looked as though he might round out the top 10 alongside Max Chilton, but the pair were bumped from those spots by Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato at the end of the session, who instead slotted into ninth and 10th respectively.

Chilton spun at Turn 8 while on a hot lap and stalled his car, which required the marshals to restart him with just a few minutes left in the session.

He was unable to improve as a result, and dropped to 14th at the finish.

Last year's Toronto winner Will Power was 16th fastest with a best lap of 1m02.224s, which left him a second off the ultimate pace.

FIRST PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1211s - 20
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.5098s 0.3887s 21
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.5445s 0.4234s 16
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.7040s 0.5829s 16
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m01.7236s 0.6025s 19
6 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.7866s 0.6655s 22
7 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.8453s 0.7242s 19
8 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.9580s 0.8369s 16
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m02.0204s 0.8993s 17
10 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m02.0241s 0.9030s 19
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m02.0314s 0.9103s 11
12 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.0934s 0.9723s 18
13 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.0962s 0.9751s 19
14 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.1024s 0.9813s 19
15 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.1078s 0.9867s 22
16 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.2245s 1.1034s 20
17 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.2714s 1.1503s 23
18 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m02.2913s 1.1702s 19
19 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.8188s 1.6977s 20
20 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.8693s 1.7482s 22
21 Sebastian Saavedra Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m03.9240s 2.8029s 27


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