SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS/No.11 KVSG Racing Chevrolet was fastest in the first Verizon IndyCar road course practice session Thursday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His lap was 1:10.5150/124.518 mph.
All 25 cars were on course, turning double digit numbers of laps. Second through fifth were RYAN HUNTER-REAY/No.28 Andretti Autosport Honda, SIMON PAGENAUD/No.77 Schmidt Peterson Hailton Motorsports, JOSEF NEWGARDEN/No.67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda, and SCOTT DIXON/No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Rookie MIKHAIL ALESHIN/No.7 Schmidt Peterson Motors Honda was the top Rookie, in sixth place. GRAHAM RAHAL/No.15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing turned the most laps – 20, and was in nineteenth place. Rookie CARLOS MUNOZ/No.34 Andretti Autosport Honda turned the fewest laps – ten.
IndyCars practice again at 2pm local time, for another 45 minutes.
GABBY CHAVES/No.5 Belardi Auto Racing pipped the charts at the last moment in the practice for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, His lap of 1:19.1740/110.900 mph was turned just prior to the checkered flag, pipping Rookie LUIS RAZIA/No.7 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports who had led the charts for most of the session. He was one of eleven drivers on track, and eight are Rookies.
SPENCER PIGOT/No.7 Juncos Racing turned a 1:23.5212 lap, topping the charts for the Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires. He’s on his way to a fifth victory in as many Pro Mazda races so far this season. There are 20 drivers in this group, including nine Rookies.
FLORIAN LATORRE/No.10 Cape Motorsports w/WTR was the fastest driver in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda at 1:26.0840/101.998 mph. There are 21 drivers in this group, including ten Rookies.