Bourdais puts KVSH on top at Barber

A slightly odd first practice session, where the top teams barely showed their hands, saw four-time Champ Car title-winner Sebastien Bourdais emerge top ahead of a strong showing from Honda cars.

Bourdais puts KVSH on top at Barber
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
Barber Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park
Jack Hawksworth, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda
Barber Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park

The Frenchman set a 67.3399sec lap putting him 0.13sec clear of his nearest pursuer, which was Jack Hawksworth, heading up six Honda-powered cars.

It was a strong session for both AJ Foyt Racing and Andretti Autosport, as Hawksworth and teammate Takuma Sato finished second and fifth, while Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay were third and fourth for Michael Andretti’s team.

Hunter-Reay might possibly have edged his teammate, but for a wicked curb-mounting slide on the exit of Turn 5 which he caught without drama.

James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsport) and Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) were sixth and seventh.

Given that the teams tested here pre-season and as recently as late March, it was understandable that Penske and Ganassi focused more on longer runs. Nonetheless, it was surprising to see championship leader and Long Beach winner Simon Pagenaud heading up the Penske-Chevrolet contingent in eighth, and Scott Dixon as top Ganassi-Chevrolet driver in 10th.

Luca Filippi was ninth fastest for Dale Coyne Racing-Honda, while his teammate Conor Daly was fastest rookie in 16th.

There were no yellow flags, and the only incident of note was when Mikhail Aleshin ran off course at Turn 5, before executing a neat spin turn and continuing without stopping. 

IndyCar - Barber - Free Practice 1:

Pos.No.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1 11 FranceSébastien Bourdais   KVSH (C) 1:07.3399
2 41 Royaume-UniJack Hawksworth   Foyt (H) +0.1263
3 26 ColombieCarlos Muñoz   Andretti (H) +0.2739
4 27 États-UnisRyan Hunter-Reay   Andretti (H) +0.3171
5 14 JaponTakuma Sato   Foyt (H) +0.3785
6 5 CanadaJames Hinchcliffe   Schmidt (H)  +0.3846
7 15 États-UnisGraham Rahal   Rahal (H)  +0.4330
8 22 FranceSimon Pagenaud   Penske (C) +0.4439
9 19 ItalieLuca Filippi   Coyne (H)  +0.4564
10 9 Nouvelle-ZélandeScott Dixon   Ganassi (C) +0.5099
11 7 RussieMikhail Aleshin   Schmidt (H) +0.5228
12 2 ColombieJuan Pablo Montoya   Penske (C) +0.6229
13 21 États-UnisJosef Newgarden   Carpenter (C) +0.6477
14 27 États-UnisMarco Andretti   Andretti (H) +0.6549
15 12 AustralieWill Power  Penske (C) +0.6813
16 18 États-UnisConor Daly   Coyne (H) +0.8013
17 3 BrésilHelio Castroneves   Penske (C) +0.8686
18 83 États-UnisCharlie Kimball   Ganassi (C) +0.9930
19 8 Royaume-UniMax Chilton   Ganassi (C) +0.9963
20 98 États-UnisAlexander Rossi   Andretti Herta +1.1841
21 10 BrésilTony Kanaan   Ganassi (C) +20.6952

C = Chevrolet, H = Honda

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