Castroneves Leads Penske 1-2-3 in Opening Toronto Practice

Helio Castroneves topped FP1 in Toronto - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

A week after claiming his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory in three years at Iowa Speedway, veteran Brazilian Helio Castroneves set the fastest time as practice got underway around the streets of Toronto, IndyCar’s annual trip north of the border.

Castroneves set a best time of 1:01.1211s during the 45-minute session, and led a Team Penske 1-2-3 ahead of team-mates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud, although the fourth member of the team and the defending race winner, Will Power, languished down in sixteenth.

Newgarden jumped ahead of Pagenaud late in the session, but the young American was 0.3887 seconds down on Castroneves, with reigning series champion Pagenaud a further 0.0347 seconds back.

Scott Dixon was the best non-Penske driver in fourth, with the championship leader 0.5829 seconds down on Castroneves’ pace for Chip Ganassi Racing, while Graham Rahal ended the session in fifth for his fathers Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team, 0.6025 seconds back.

Spencer Pigot showed good pace as the Ed Carpenter Racing driver ended up sixth ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe, while Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato completed the top ten.

Marco Andretti was bumped out of the top ten in the closing stages, as was Max Chilton, who fell to fourteenth after spinning at turn eight late in the session, which required the marshals to restart him.

Streets of Toronto Free Practice 1 Result

13Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:01.1211
22Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske1:01.5098
31Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:01.5445
49Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:01.7040
515Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:01.7236
620Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:01.7866
75James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:01.8453
810Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:01.9580
928Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:02.0204
1026Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:02.0241
1127Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:02.0314
1219Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing1:02.0934
1314Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises1:02.0962
148Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:02.1024
1521JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:02.1078
1612Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:02.2245
1718Esteban GutierrezMEXDale Coyne Racing1:02.2714
1898Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:02.2913
194Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises1:02.8188
2083Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:02.8693
217Sebastian SaavedraCOLSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:03.9240