Will Power leads first Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar practice

Will Power set the fastest time in the first IndyCar practice session ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix of Indianapolis after usurping Graham Rahal late on

Will Power leads first Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar practice

Long-time session leader Rahal regained top spot towards the end of the 75-minute session with a lap of 1m10.0699s in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara-Honda, only for Power to top that effort with his last lap of the session.

The Team Penske Dallara-Chevrolet driver dipped below the 1m10s barrier to post a best time of 1m09.8943s - a full second faster than the best time from opening practice last year - and beat Rahal by 0.1756s.

Power's team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya had led before a red flag period was caused by Helio Castroneves with 10 minutes to go, but wound up third ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Castroneves in the remaining Penske entries.

Scott Dixon was sixth for Ganassi ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing's Josef Newgarden, while Marco Andretti was the second-fastest Honda driver behind Rahal in eighth.

Sebastien Bourdais and Carlos Munoz completed the top 10.

A number of notable names propped up the timesheets.

Alex Tagliani completed a late deal to compete in the Indianapolis 500 prelude with AJ Foyt Racing and got a handful of laps on the board on his way to the 23rd-fastest time, 1.9818s off the ultimate pace.

Matt Brabham was 24th-fastest after sitting out most of the session in a troublesome start to his first IndyCar weekend.

Brabham slowed shortly after his first flying lap and stopped in the pitlane entrance as a wheelnut had worked itself loose from his left-rear tyre.

James Hinchcliffe was unable to set a time on his first competitive appearance at the venue since his horror crash in Indy 500 practice last year.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m09.8943s - 26
2 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m10.0699s 0.1756s 32
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.3028s 0.4085s 25
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.3448s 0.4505s 29
5 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.3751s 0.4808s 20
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.3779s 0.4836s 15
7 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.3812s 0.4869s 28
8 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m10.3967s 0.5024s 24
9 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.4017s 0.5074s 21
10 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m10.5295s 0.6352s 30
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m10.5447s 0.6504s 22
12 Spencer Pigot Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m10.5460s 0.6517s 30
13 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m10.5983s 0.7040s 31
14 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m10.6321s 0.7378s 17
15 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m10.6512s 0.7569s 27
16 Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m10.6892s 0.7949s 31
17 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.7064s 0.8121s 17
18 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.7112s 0.8169s 24
19 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m10.7557s 0.8614s 22
20 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m10.8545s 0.9602s 26
21 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m10.8560s 0.9617s 19
22 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m11.4088s 1.5145s 19
23 Alex Tagliani AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m11.8761s 1.9818s 8
24 Matthew Brabham Team Murray Dallara/Chevrolet 1m14.7532s 4.8589s 3


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