Long Beach IndyCar: Dixon fastest in first practice

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Long Beach IndyCar: Dixon fastest in first practice
Charles Bradley
By: Charles Bradley
Apr 13, 2018, 5:55 PM

Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon topped the first practice session for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday morning.

Penske’s Simon Pagenaud set the early pace, before a brief red flag was required for Gabby Chaves stalling at the hairpin.

Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay hit the top spot with 22mins to go, before Pagenaud grabbed it back.

Dixon was first to break the 1m09s barrier, with Alex Rossi pipping him almost immediately by two tenths – despite brushing a wall – lapping in 1m08.6077s.

Hunter-Reay was back on top with 15 minutes remaining with a lap of 1m08.4285s.

In the final 10 minutes, Dixon took P1 with 1m08.4112s and stayed at the top thereafter. Hunter-Reay remained second, ahead of teammate Rossi in a Honda 1-2-3.

“The car was fast right out of the box,” said Dixon. “It’s a big weekend for Honda here. These cars are so much fun to drive around here, it’s always fun to be pounding around the streets – just gotta keep it out of the walls!”

Pagenaud was the fastest of the Chevrolet-powered cars in fourth, ahead of James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Will Power.

Champion Josef Newgarden was eighth, with Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the top 10.

There were a few more off-track excursions: Rossi locked up and went off down the escape road at Turn 9. Rookie Kyle Kaiser did likewise at Turn 1, and he stalled after performing a spin-turn – ending the session slowest.

Charlie Kimball also went off at Turn 9 and needed assistance in restarting, and Jack Harvey repeated that right at the end of the session.

IndyCar, Long Beach, first practice

ClaDriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  14 1'08.4112     103.562
2 28  united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  14 1'08.4285 0.0173 0.0173 103.536
3 27  united_states  Alexander Rossi  14 1'08.6077 0.1965 0.1792 103.265
4 22  france  Simon Pagenaud  18 1'08.7790 0.3678 0.1713 103.008
5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  12 1'08.9133 0.5021 0.1343 102.807
6 30  japan  Takuma Sato  15 1'08.9295 0.5183 0.0162 102.783
7 12  australia  Will Power  16 1'08.9481 0.5369 0.0186 102.756
8 united_states  Josef Newgarden  11 1'08.9600 0.5488 0.0119 102.738
9 14  brazil  Tony Kanaan  15 1'08.9675 0.5563 0.0075 102.727
10 18  france  Sébastien Bourdais  14 1'09.1270 0.7158 0.1595 102.490
11 15  united_states  Graham Rahal  15 1'09.2349 0.8237 0.1079 102.330
12 21  united_states  Spencer Pigot  11 1'09.2572 0.8460 0.0223 102.297
13 26  united_states  Zach Veach  13 1'09.2766 0.8654 0.0194 102.268
14 canada  Robert Wickens  16 1'09.2807 0.8695 0.0041 102.262
15 20  united_kingdom  Jordan King  17 1'09.3598 0.9486 0.0791 102.146
16 60  united_kingdom  Jack Harvey  14 1'09.6034 1.1922 0.2436 101.788
17 10  united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  17 1'09.6060 1.1948 0.0026 101.784
18 59  united_kingdom  Max Chilton  17 1'09.6271 1.2159 0.0211 101.753
19 19  canada  Zachary Claman DeMelo  18 1'09.7486 1.3374 0.1215 101.576
20 98  united_states  Marco Andretti  12 1'09.7632 1.3520 0.0146 101.555
21 88  colombia  Gabby Chaves  13 1'09.8182 1.4070 0.0550 101.475
22 23  united_states  Charlie Kimball  14 1'10.0010 1.5898 0.1828 101.210
23 brazil  Matheus Leist  17 1'10.1979 1.7867 0.1969 100.926
24 32  united_states  Kyle Kaiser  19 1'10.7481 2.3369 0.5502 100.141
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