Dixon leads as Honda starts fast in Toronto

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Dixon leads as Honda starts fast in Toronto


Dixon leads as Honda starts fast in Toronto


Scott Dixon led a Honda parade on Friday morning as practice began for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.

The current point leader and four-time IndyCar champion turned a lap of 1m00.7474s in his PNC Honda around Exhibition Place. That was two-tenths quicker than Graham Rahal’s best of 1m00.9385s in his Rousseau Honda and Alexander Rossi’s top lap of 1m00.978s in the NAPA Honda. And that was after the 2016 Indy 500 winner banged off the wall on the final corner earlier in the 45-minute session.

Takuma Sato was fourth fastest at 1m01.0050s in his Panasonic Honda and Detroit pole winner Marco Andretti wound up fifth best at 1m01.0492s in Circle K Honda.

Will Power was seventh overall and the best of the Chevys with a lap of 1m01.1595s in the Verizon Team Penske car.

Jordan King bought out a red flag when he crashed in Turn 6, while Ryan Hunter-Reay clipped the wall with his left-rear suspension in Turn 8 but managed to get back out and record the eighth-best lap. Zachary Claman De Melo also found the tires in Turn 3 but was able to continue.

Conor Daly, taking over Gabby Chaves’ ride with Harding Racing this weekend, wound up 20th out of 23 cars.

UP NEXT: Friday’s second practice period is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.