Will Power jumped to the head of the pack at the end of the first practice session for Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Team Penske driver’s No. 12 entry paced the 24 cars in attendance (1:09m2890s) as he led a 1-2 for Chevy-powered cars after displacing Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot (+0.1366s) from the top spot.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was third overall and first among the Honda contingent in the No. 9 car (+0.1646s). Dixon’s rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist followed directly behind in fourth (+0.2382s) in the No. 10 Honda, and bracketing the CGR drivers, Penske’s Josef Newgarden completed the top five in the No. 2 Chevy (+0.2392s).
“Trying to get a feel on sticker [tires],” said Power after using new Firestone rubber to post his best lap. “Not bad. The [new] tire [compound] feels awesome. It’s way better than last year.”
For Pigot, whose season has offered more downs than ups so far, placing the No. 21 ECR Chevy at the sharp end of the field is a welcome start to the month of May.
“It feels really good,” he said, keeping his enthusiasm in check. “It’s still only Practice 1 — there’s a lot of sessions to go.”
The first of three sessions for the quick, two-day Indy Grand Prix featured plenty of spins and trips onto the grass. Heavy rains in recent days, including overnight, did little to help as teams dealt with limited grip in the cool, overcast conditions.
UP NEXT: Free Practice 2, 12:30-1:15 p.m. ET