Penske trifecta at the top of the charts for first IndyCar practice of 2015

Team Penske has not slowed down following their 2014 championship.

Penske trifecta at the top of the charts for first IndyCar practice of 2015
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Despite a little bit more horsepower and new aero kits, the old saying still remains true: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Three of Team Penske’s four drivers were atop the timesheet after the first practice session at the Firestone Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Will Power pushed his Verizon Chevrolet car to a fastest lap of 1:01.4709, averaging north of 105.4 miles per hour around the 1.8 mile street circuit.

Second fastest was Juan Pablo Montoya, just over two-tenths of a second behind Power’s time, while Helio Castroneves was third, four ten-thousandths of a second slower than Montoya.

Chevy domination

However, domination wasn’t just a Penske theme in the first practice session. Chevrolet-powered cars took up nine of the first 11 spots, only ceding sixth and seventh to Jack Hawksworth and James Hinchcliffe, respectively. They were a little over four-tenths of a second behind Power’s time.

The session was not particularly kind to rookie drivers, as Luca Filippi was fastest of the rookie drivers in 11th place. Stefano Coletti and Sage Karam were 16th and 17th, respectively, while Gabby Chaves and Francesco Dracone logged in the 23rd and 24th fastest times out of 24 cars. Dracone was 3.5 seconds slower than Power’s time.

Pos   Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Gap   Laps 
Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet 1'01.4709   36
J.P.Montoya Dallara/Chevrolet 1'01.6996 0.2287 34
H.Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet 1'01.7000 0.2291 32
Scott Dixon Dallara/Chevrolet 1'01.7777 0.3068 33
S.Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet 1'01.8439 0.3730 32
Jack Hawksworth Dallara/Honda 1'01.8713 0.4004 28
J.Hinchcliffe Dallara/Honda 1'01.9536 0.4827 28
Charlie Kimball Dallara/Chevrolet 1'01.9971 0.5262 32
Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Chevrolet 1'02.0188 0.5479 35
10  Josef Newgarden Dallara/Chevrolet 1'02.0613 0.5904 33
11  Luca Filippi Dallara/Chevrolet 1'02.0771 0.6062 35
12  Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda 1'02.1274 0.6565 29
13  Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 1'02.1850 0.7141 36
14  Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Honda 1'02.2293 0.7584 34
15  S.de Silvestro Dallara/Honda 1'02.2805 0.8096 32
16  Stefano Coletti Dallara/Chevrolet 1'02.3149 0.8440 38
17  Sage Karam Dallara/Chevrolet 1'02.3400 0.8691 33
18  Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet 1'02.4372 0.9663 32
19  Carlos Muñoz Dallara/Honda 1'02.4502 0.9793 39
20  Marco Andretti Dallara/Honda 1'02.6453 1.1744 26
21  Carlos Huertas Dallara/Honda 1'02.6747 1.2038 37
22  James Jakes Dallara/Honda 1'02.7198 1.2489 28
23  Gabby Chaves Dallara/Honda 1'02.8613 1.3904 34
24  F.Dracone Dallara/Honda 1'05.0129 3.5420 37
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