Sebastien Bourdais led a wild opening practice session Friday morning at Mid-Ohio for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.
While Bourdais was turning the fastest lap of 1m05.5784s in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course, a few of his competitors were sailing off track at a rapid rate.
The biggest off came near the end of the session when Will Power came charging up on teammate Simon Pagenaud in Turn 9 and locked up his brakes — spinning and stopping in the middle of the track. Tony Kanaan saw Power’s stationary car and slowed but was drilled in the back by Charlie Kimball, sending Kanaan spinning into the grass and damaging Kimball’s nose.
Earlier, Zach Veach and Matheus Leist went off-course with no damage and Robert Wickens brought out the first red flag by spinning off Turn 6 early in the session.
Josef Newgarden, in the Team Penske Chevy, was the only other driver to crack the 1m06s barrier as he turned 1:05.9167s.
Point leader and five-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon was third quickest at 1m06.2157s in the Ganassi Honda, Takuma Sato was fourth fastest at 1m06.2424s in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda and Spencer Pigot was close behind at 1m06.2546s in the Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy.
NEXT UP: Practice 2 at 2:35p.m. ET.