New Zealander Scott Dixon was fastest in the opening free practice session of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver set a best time of 1:07.6357s to head the field by 0.1252 seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, while Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, the race winner of the season opener around the streets of St. Petersburg last month, was third.
James Hinchcliffe made it four different teams inside the top four for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, while Penske’s Will Power completed the top five ahead of Andretti Herta Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was sixth quickest for Andretti Autosport, 0.3485 seconds down on Dixon, while Tony Kanaan was eighth for Ganassi ahead of reigning champion and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud of Penske and Mikhail Aleshin of Schmidt.
Aleshin was one of a few drivers to make mistakes during the session, with the Russian going straight on at turn one after locking up his brakes. The biggest error though was reserved for AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Muñoz, who spun at turn six, although he was able to avoid damage and the walls.
Max Chilton finished slowest of the twenty-one drivers after being black flagged early due to being too slow as a suspected electrical issue affected his Chip Ganassi Racing machine. He returned to the track later in the session to improve to a 1:09.7216s, but will be looking for better luck in the afternoon’s second session.
Long Beach Free Practice 1 Result
|1||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.6357|
|2||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||1:07.7609|
|3||18||Sebastien Bourdais||FRA||Dale Coyne Racing||1:07.8187|
|4||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:07.8195|
|5||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||1:07.9058|
|6||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Herta Autosport||1:07.9702|
|7||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:07.9842|
|8||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:08.0546|
|9||1||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||1:08.1668|
|10||7||Mikhail Aleshin||RUS||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:08.1669|
|11||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:08.1822|
|12||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:08.2555|
|13||14||Carlos Munoz||COL||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:08.2937|
|14||2||Josef Newgarden||USA||Team Penske||1:08.5295|
|15||19||Ed Jones||UAE||Dale Coyne Racing||1:08.5507|
|16||21||JR Hildebrand||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:08.6284|
|17||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:08.6898|
|18||26||Takuma Sato||JAP||Andretti Autosport||1:08.7292|
|19||4||Conor Daly||USA||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:08.9881|
|20||20||Spencer Pigot||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:09.2619|
|21||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:09.7216|