Andretti leads first Pocono practice

Andretti leads first Pocono practice


Andretti leads first Pocono practice


Marco Andretti kicked off IndyCar’s return to Pocono by setting the fastest time in opening official practice.

Andretti, who had also led Thursday’s test day at the track, set the pace with a 221.883mph average on just his third lap, and the time stood for the remainder of the hour-long session.

Tony Kanaan came closest to matching the Andretti Autosport driver, but his 220.819mph effort for KV was still a mile per hour down on Andretti’s time.

Ganassi’s Charlie Kimball was best of the Hondas in third, with Simon Pagenaud vaulting up to fourth fastest with his final flying lap. Current IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Helio Castroneves rounded out the top five.

A mostly uneventful session was interrupted just once when Will Power’s car stopped at Turn 2 with a suspected electrical problem.

Only 23 cars ran as Panther’s Ryan Briscoe is skipping practice and qualifying day due to his American Le Mans Series commitments at Lime Rock.

With the teams having spent a full day testing at the track on Thursday, the morning session marked the final opportunity to fine-tune cars before qualifying takes place later today.

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine      Time      Gap 1.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy   40.5620s 2.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy         40.7573s  +0.1953s 3.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda    40.7825s  +0.2205s 4.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda    40.8671s  +0.3051s 5.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy     40.8685s  +0.3065s 6.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda    40.8688s  +0.3068s 7.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda       40.8832s  +0.3212s 8.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy     40.9543s  +0.3923s 9.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy   40.9551s  +0.3931s10.  Alex Tagliani        Herta/Honda      40.9600s  +0.3980s11.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy   40.9794s  +0.4174s12.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda    40.9906s  +0.4286s13.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy   41.0031s  +0.4411s14.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy         41.0787s  +0.5167s15.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda     41.0870s  +0.5250s16.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda    41.1757s  +0.6137s17.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy     41.2025s  +0.6405s18.  Pippa Mann           Coyne/Honda      41.2425s  +0.6805s19.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy  41.2841s  +0.7221s20.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy     41.3188s  +0.7568s21.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda      41.3470s  +0.7850s22.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda      41.4317s  +0.8697s23.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda      41.4646s  +0.9026sAll drivers use Dallara DW12 chassis