Detroit IndyCar: Rahal leads opening practice

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Detroit IndyCar: Rahal leads opening practice
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Jun 2, 2017, 3:22 PM

Graham Rahal put his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda on top of the times at Belle Isle, Detroit with a lap 0.15sec clear of his nearest opponent as Scott Dixon caused a session stoppage with a spin and stall.

On his 10th lap, Rahal set a time of 1min15.3328sec, an average speed of 112.302mph around the 2.35-mile course to eclipse the fastest of the Penske-Chevrolets, driven by Helio Castroneves, by 0.1562sec.

Castroneves, who scored his last IndyCar win at this venue three years ago, beat teammate Josef Newgarden, Andretti Autosport-Honda’s fastest representative Alexander Rossi, and a third Penske, that of Will Power.

Marco Andretti gave a good account of himself to take sixth, just under 0.6sec off the top time, and 0.2 behind teammate Rossi.

Scott Dixon was on a flying lap that should have given him third fastest when he spun and stalled at Turn 13, bringing out the red flag with five minutes to go, leaving him in seventh, just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda teammate Tony Kanaan.

Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda’s James Hinchcliffe completed the Top 10.

Series debutant, ex-F1 racer Esteban Gutierrez, who is subbing for the injured Sebastien Bourdais in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing-Honda, did 10 straight laps at the start of the session. By the end of the 45-minute session he had completed 20 altogether and finished the session 2.9sec off the ultimate pace in 21st. He did finish ahead of rookie teammate Ed Jones for whom this is also an unfamiliar course. 

Cla#DriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 15 united_states Graham Rahal  15 1'15.3328     112.302
2 3 brazil Helio Castroneves  12 1'15.4890 0.1562 0.1562 112.069
3 2 united_states Josef Newgarden  13 1'15.5384 0.2056 0.0494 111.996
4 98 united_states Alexander Rossi  13 1'15.7216 0.3888 0.1832 111.725
5 12 australia Will Power  15 1'15.8159 0.4831 0.0943 111.586
6 27 united_states Marco Andretti  17 1'15.9159 0.5831 0.1000 111.439
7 9 new_zealand Scott Dixon  11 1'15.9540 0.6212 0.0381 111.383
8 10 brazil Tony Kanaan  13 1'15.9900 0.6572 0.0360 111.330
9 28 united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay  15 1'16.0130 0.6802 0.0230 111.297
10 5 canada James Hinchcliffe  14 1'16.0354 0.7026 0.0224 111.264
11 1 france Simon Pagenaud  13 1'16.1781 0.8453 0.1427 111.056
12 26 japan Takuma Sato  11 1'16.2165 0.8837 0.0384 111.000
13 7 russia Mikhail Aleshin  16 1'16.3861 1.0533 0.1696 110.753
14 21 united_states J.R. Hildebrand  18 1'16.4302 1.0974 0.0441 110.689
15 83 united_states Charlie Kimball  15 1'16.4507 1.1179 0.0205 110.660
16 14 colombia Carlos Munoz  17 1'16.6096 1.2768 0.1589 110.430
17 8 united_kingdom Max Chilton  19 1'16.7793 1.4465 0.1697 110.186
18 4 united_states Conor Daly  18 1'16.9432 1.6104 0.1639 109.951
19 20 united_states Spencer Pigot  17 1'17.0866 1.7538 0.1434 109.747
20 16 spain Oriol Servia  15 1'17.9734 2.6406 0.8868 108.499
21 18 mexico Esteban Gutierrez  20 1'18.2289 2.8961 0.2555 108.144
22 19 united_arab_emirates Ed Jones  18 1'18.9603 3.6275 0.7314 107.142
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Series IndyCar
Event Detroit
Location The Raceway on Belle Isle
Drivers Graham Rahal
Author David Malsher
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