This morning’s battle for fastest lap time kept Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay busy at the top of the field.
But it was Sebastien Bourdais who ultimately took the top spot with a lap speed of 1:17.8545.
Two incidents marred this morning’s practice. Rookie Rene Binder’s No. 32 machine, coming into Turn 11, slid into the tire barrier. This is Binder’s third race of six. His 2018 contract is with Juncos Racing.
Canadian Robert Wickens also brought out a red flag, sliding into the Turn 7 run-off. After Wicken’s error, the practice went back to green with only a few seconds left. Provided the car left pit lane in a “timely manner,” drivers were given one timed lap.
That last timed lap came in clutch for a surprise arrival in the top ten. The No. 19 of Santino Ferrucci slid into sixth fastest. The 20-year-old American is new to the IndyCar series, coming from the Haas F1 reserve team.
The series takes to the track again later this afternoon. Follow on-track action at www.racecontrol.indycar.com.
Top Ten Times from Practice 1
- Sebastien Bourdais
- Scott Dixon
- Graham Rahal
- Alexander Rossi
- Marco Andretti
- Santino Ferrucci
- Ryan Hunter-Reay
- Zach Veach
- Josef Newgarden
- Tony Kanaan
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