Toronto IndyCar: Castroneves leads Penske 1-2-3 in first practice

Iowa winner Helio Castroneves shone in opening practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy at Toronto, taking fastest time by almost four tenths of a second.

Toronto IndyCar: Castroneves leads Penske 1-2-3 in first practice

The Penske-Chevrolet driver lapped the very ‘green’ track in 61.1211sec, an average speed of 105.194mph to eclipse teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Scott Dixon, who narrowly edged Castroneves for pole here last year, was fourth fastest, almost 0.6sec adrift of the Brazilian and about a tenth clear of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda’s Graham Rahal.

Spencer Pigot was a highly impressive sixth in the Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda’s James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan in the second Ganassi.

Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato completed the top 10.

Marco Andretti was 11th and might have been far higher, but completed only 11 laps before his car developed a major oil leak.

The fourth Penske of Will Power, who has three Toronto wins to his name, was only 16th and he was one of many drivers to take to the runoff areas.

Another was Sebastian Saavedra, replacing Mikhail Aleshin in the #7 SPM-Honda this weekend. Despite completing the most laps of any driver in the session (27), the Colombian was unsurprisingly slowest by a full second. 

Practice results:

Pos.#DriverTimeGap
1 3 brazil Helio Castroneves  1'01.1211  
2 2 united_states Josef Newgarden  1'01.5098 0.3887
3 1 france Simon Pagenaud  1'01.5445 0.4234
4 9 new_zealand Scott Dixon  1'01.7040 0.5829
5 15 united_states Graham Rahal  1'01.7236 0.6025
6 20 united_states Spencer Pigot  1'01.7866 0.6655
7 5 canada James Hinchcliffe  1'01.8453 0.7242
8 10 brazil Tony Kanaan  1'01.9580 0.8369
9 28 united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay  1'02.0204 0.8993
10 26 japan Takuma Sato  1'02.0241 0.9030
11 27 united_states Marco Andretti  1'02.0314 0.9103
12 19 united_arab_emirates Ed Jones  1'02.0934 0.9723
13 14 colombia Carlos Munoz  1'02.0962 0.9751
14 8 united_kingdom Max Chilton  1'02.1024 0.9813
15 21 united_states J.R. Hildebrand  1'02.1078 0.9867
16 12 australia Will Power  1'02.2245 1.1034
17 18 mexico Esteban Gutierrez  1'02.2714 1.1503
18 98 united_states Alexander Rossi  1'02.2913 1.1702
19 4 united_states Conor Daly  1'02.8188 1.6977
20 83 united_states Charlie Kimball  1'02.8693 1.7482
21 7 colombia Sebastian Saavedra  1'03.9240 2.8029
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