Ryan Hunter-Reay has opened this weekend’s IndyCar double-header at Toronto by setting the pace in practice.
The Andretti driver moved to the top with 15 minutes remaining with a 1m00.6082s lap, leaving him just 0.07 seconds clear of the 1m00.6851s effort delivered by Josef Newgarden on his final run.
Ryan Briscoe finished up third fastest ahead of Tristan Vautier and Marco Andretti, both of whom improved right at the end. RLL’s James Jakes, who had held the top spot through most of the session, was shuffled down to eighth.
The morning was interrupted twice by red flags; the first being triggered when Will Power went off and stalled at Turn 3, and the latter coming when Dario Franchitti brushed the wall exiting Turn 5.
Power was also involved in an incident with Penske teammate Helio Castroneves in the final minute, but despite finishing up with a damaged front wing the Australian still managed to post the sixth-fastest time.
As well as being the only opportunity to prepare cars for first qualifying later today, the session also featured a set of staging lights at the end of pitlane, with all drivers required to complete at least one practice standing start ahead of the first IndyCar-sanctioned standing start race tomorrow.
Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 1m00.6082s 2. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 1m00.6851s +0.0769s 3. Ryan Briscoe Panther/Chevy 1m00.6890s +0.0808s 4. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 1m00.7016s +0.0934s 5. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 1m00.7174s +0.1092s 6. Will Power Penske/Chevy 1m00.8987s +0.2905s 7. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 1m00.9041s +0.2959s 8. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 1m00.9096s +0.3014s 9. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 1m00.9518s +0.3436s10. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 1m00.9535s +0.3453s11. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 1m00.9556s +0.3474s12. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1m00.9660s +0.3578s13. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1m00.9713s +0.3631s14. Alex Tagliani Herta/Honda 1m00.9989s +0.3907s15. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 1m01.1137s +0.5055s16. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1m01.1784s +0.5702s17. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1m01.3196s +0.7114s18. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 1m01.3598s +0.7516s19. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 1m01.7237s +1.1155s20. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1m01.7904s +1.1822s21. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 1m01.8553s +1.2471s22. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1m01.9192s +1.3110s23. Mike Conway Coyne/Honda 1m02.0817s +1.4735s24. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 1m02.9043s +2.2961sAll drivers use Dallara DW12 chassis