Toronto IndyCar: Sebastien Bourdais fastest in first practice

Sebastien Bourdais finished a cautious first IndyCar practice in Toronto at the top of the timesheets for KVSH Racing

Despite running directly after the Indy Lights field had laid some rubber on the Canadian street circuit, grip was still at a premium for the whole field.

Bourdais managed his Dallara-Chevrolet best to set a quickest time of 1m02.9290s.

The Frenchman set the early pace with a 1m03.5326s and as the times tumbled throughout the 45-minute session, he held the top spot 0.0448s ahead of Scott Dixon in second.

Former Formula 1 pair Juan Pablo Montoya and Max Chilton were visibly uncertain of the grip levels and were edgy on accelerating through the esses - they couldn't better 13th and 22nd respectively.

A number of others also struggled for grip, with first Iowa race winner Josef Newgarden suffering a kick of oversteer in Turn 1 after Conor Daly locked up into the corner, before championship leader Simon Pagenaud and Penske team-mate Montoya both struggled in the Turn 3 right-hander at the end of the back straight. Pagenaud still ended up third fastest.

After a difficult weekend at Iowa's short oval, Toronto's street circuit layout helped the Honda powered cars to be more competitive, with Takuma Sato the best of them in fourth, 0.2635s off Bourdais' pace.

Luca Filippi returned to the Dale Coyne Racing fold for the first time since Barber Motorsports Park in April and finished in 18th.

He is back in the car he vacated in favour of Gabby Chaves earlier in the year, as team-mate to Conor Daly.


Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.9290s 18
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.0448s 17
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1956s 19
4 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 0.2635s 24
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.3346s 22
6 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3919s 22
7 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4188s 24
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.4694s 17
9 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5624s 17
10 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.5895s 21
11 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.6271s 20
12 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.7167s 22
13 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7567s 19
14 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7911s 18
15 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8062s 17
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9983s 21
17 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.0036s 18
18 Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.0462s 20
19 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.0817s 18
20 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.2716s 21
21 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1.3056s 19
22 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 2.5863s 25

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