Hunter-Reay tops first Sonoma session

Hunter-Reay tops first Sonoma session


Hunter-Reay tops first Sonoma session


Ryan Hunter-Reay set the pace in the opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race at Sonoma.

The Andretti driver claimed the top spot with a best lap of 1m18.6814s, a scant 0.01 second faster than closest rival Helio Castroneves’ Penske entry. Dario Franchitti, who topped the times in Wednesday’s open test, was third fastest ahead of Marco Andretti.

Ryan Briscoe, still recovering from the wrist injury that sidelined him at Mid-Ohio, returns to the cockpit for Panther Racing this weekend and led the middle phase of the session before finishing up with the fifth-best time.

Former Panther driver JR Hildebrand was ninth fastest in his first session with Bryan Herta Autosport.

Series debutant Lucas Luhr survived one brief off-track moment at Turn 2 in the second Sarah Fisher Hartman entry and finished up 25th, 2.2sec off Hunter-Reay’s time.

The morning was interrupted just once by red flags when the session was briefly stopped to allow a stray tire to be retrieved from Turn 9.

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine      Time        Gap 1.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy   1m18.6814s 2.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy     1m18.6976s  +0.0162s 3.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda    1m18.8124s  +0.1310s 4.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy   1m18.9740s  +0.2926s 5.  Ryan Briscoe         Panther/Chevy    1m19.0182s  +0.3368s 6.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda      1m19.0318s  +0.3504s 7.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy     1m19.0834s  +0.4020s 8.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy   1m19.0976s  +0.4162s 9.  JR Hildebrand        Herta/Honda      1m19.1567s  +0.4753s10.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy   1m19.1968s  +0.5154s11.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda     1m19.3398s  +0.6584s12.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy     1m19.4268s  +0.7454s13.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda      1m19.4952s  +0.8138s14.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda      1m19.4977s  +0.8163s15.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda    1m19.5009s  +0.8195s16.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda    1m19.5590s  +0.8776s17.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy     1m19.5990s  +0.9176s18.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy         1m19.6014s  +0.9200s19.  James Davison        Coyne/Honda      1m19.7624s  +1.0810s20.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy         1m19.8950s  +1.2136s21.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda       1m19.9330s  +1.2516s22.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda    1m20.0155s  +1.3341s23.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda    1m20.2088s  +1.5274s24.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy  1m20.2279s  +1.5465s25.  Lucas Luhr           Fisher/Honda     1m20.9336s  +2.2522s