Dixon leads Kimball in rain delayed Texas practice

Scott Dixon was quickest in practice in Texas on Friday - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Despite a three-hour delay thanks to rain, practice for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway got underway on Friday, and it was Scott Dixon who led a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 at the head of the field.

Rain fell overnight and into the morning, but thanks to a new track surface and drainage system, it was soon dried out to allow an hour of running, with championship leader Dixon setting a best time of 23.2027mph (223.422mph) to deny team-mate Charlie Kimball.

Kimball had been leading the way before Dixon’s lap, with the American setting a best lap of 221.861mph, with all twenty-two drivers all within eight-tenths of a second of one-another.

Alexander Rossi placed third for Andretti Herta Autosport with a lap of 221.317mph, just ahead of last weekend’s double race winner in Detroit, and defending Texas victor Graham Rahal.

Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato were fifth and sixth for Andretti Autosport in a Honda-dominated top six, with Ed Carpenter the leading Chevrolet-powered driver in seventh ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power, Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan and Penske’s Josef Newgarden.

Tristan Vautier ended sixteenth fastest in his first practice session on his return to Dale Coyne Racing as Sebastien Bourdais’ stand-in, while Gabby Chaves was twenty-first for Harding Racing, who are making only their second race appearance of the year after an impressive debut in last months Indianapolis 500.

Texas Motor Speedway Free Practice 1 Result

19Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing23.2027
283Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing23.3660
398Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport23.4234
415Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing23.4385
527Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport23.4549
626Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport23.4753
720Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing23.4757
812Will PowerAUSTeam Penske23.4827
910Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing23.4884
102Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske23.4920
117Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports23.5125
121Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske23.5356
133Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske23.5569
148Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing23.5607
1521JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing23.5685
1618Tristan VautierFRADale Coyne Racing23.6553
1728Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport23.6688
1814Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises23.6911
1919Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing23.6969
205James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports23.7566
2188Gabby ChavesUSAHarding Racing23.9592
224Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises23.9934