Bourdais ahead of Hawksworth in opening Alabama practice

Sebastien Bourdais set the pace in opening practice for this weekends fourth round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season at Barber Motorsports Park.

The Frenchman overcame early brake issues to lead the way for KVSH Racing, with his 1m07.3399s enough for him to outpace his rivals, with Jack Hawksworth once again putting in an impressive practice performance in second for AJ Foyt Enterprises, 0.1263s back on Bourdais.

Andretti Autosport, fresh off the back of a dreadful weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, saw two of its drivers inside the top four, with Carlos Munoz finishing just ahead of team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay, while the second Foyt entry of Takuma Sato was fifth.

James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal were next up for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing respectively, while championship leader and Long Beach race winner Simon Pagenaud was eighth for Team Penske.

Dale Coyne Racing’s Luca Filippi was ninth, while Scott Dixon completed the top ten for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Dixon’s Brazilian team-mate Tony Kanaan ended the session at the back, more than twenty seconds off the pace after engine issues on his car curtailed his session after just six slow laps.

Barber Motorsports Park Free Practice 1 Times

111Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing1m07.3399s
241Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises1m07.4662s
326Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport1m07.6138s
428Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1m07.6570s
514Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises1m07.7184s
65James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m07.7245s
715Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1m07.7729s
822Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1m07.7838s
919Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing1m07.7963s
109Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1m07.8498s
117Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m07.8627s
122Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske1m07.9628s
1321Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing1m07.9876s
1427Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1m07.9948s
1512Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1m08.0212s
1618Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing1m08.1412s
173Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1m08.2085s
1883Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1m08.3329s
198Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1m08.3362s
2098Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport1m08.5240s
2110Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1m28.0351s