Toronto IndyCar: Juan Pablo Montoya quickest in opening practice

Juan Pablo Montoya led a Team Penske 1-2 in a slightly shortened opening practice session for this weekend's IndyCar race in Toronto

Toronto IndyCar: Juan Pablo Montoya quickest in opening practice

Penske had one of its cars at the top of the screens for the entire session, but Montoya made the position his own with a best lap of 1m00.6343s.

Simon Pagenaud, who had set the pace during the opening minutes, finished up second-fastest at 1m00.7922s.

Josef Newgarden completed the top three, while Graham Rahal once again led the way for Honda, ending the morning as the Japanese manufacturer's only representative in the top 10.

But although the results looked a little lopsided - first in favour of Penske, and more broadly in favour of Chevrolet - the field was actually fairly tight. The top nine were covered by just over 0.4s, and the top 18 were within one second of Montoya's time.

Elsewhere, Tristan Vautier and Rodolfo Gonzalez, who received late call-ups to drive the two Dale Coyne Racing entries, finished up in P22 and P23 respectively.

The session ran without incident until the last couple of minutes, when Scott Dixon came to a stop mid-way around the circuit.

That prompted a red flag to allow for the stranded Ganassi car to be retrieved, and with just 90s left on the clock, the decision was made to wave the cheqeuered flag.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.6343s - 8
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.7922s 0.1579s 14
3 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8363s 0.2020s 16
4 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8500s 0.2157s 17
5 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8620s 0.2277s 13
6 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8656s 0.2313s 12
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8788s 0.2445s 13
8 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m00.9330s 0.2987s 15
9 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.0852s 0.4509s 17
10 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1744s 0.5401s 12
11 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1890s 0.5547s 19
12 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m01.2562s 0.6219s 18
13 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m01.2640s 0.6297s 18
14 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.3277s 0.6934s 16
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.4586s 0.8243s 14
16 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.4588s 0.8245s 17
17 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.5101s 0.8758s 10
18 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.5950s 0.9607s 16
19 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m02.2061s 1.5718s 20
20 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.4942s 1.8599s 18
21 Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m02.6453s 2.0110s 19
22 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.8632s 2.2289s 15
23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m03.4852s 2.8509s 16



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