Pagenaud, Karam lead Monday draft-practice

Simon Pagenaud topped the charts in the hour-long practice.

INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar teams were promised a single three hours and thirty minute practice Monday, but in the end, they got two separate sessions of one hour and two hours.

The reason surrounds a violent crash early in the afternoon that sent James Hinchcliffe to a local hospital with an injury to his upper left thigh.

Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud led the first practice with a speed of 225.260mph, ahead of Justin Wilson, Penske teammate Will Power, Alex Tagliani, and Oriol Servia. 

Only 24 cars made an official time before Hinchcliffe's massive impact (Crash Video).

Second practice

The action really picked up in the second session, with 12+ cars drafting together. Teams tested their cars in a variety of situations with even some three-wide passes being made on the front stretch. Jack Hawksworth suffered an engine failure on his A.J. Foyt Honda.

When the checkered flag flew, a duo of Ganassi drivers were sitting at the top of the charts with Sage Karam leading all at 227.831mph. Scott Dixon, J.R. Hildebrand, James Davison, and Tony Kanaan.

28 cars put up a time in the incident-free session. None of the Schmidt-Peterson cars took part after Hinchcliffe's shunt.


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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Article type Practice report