IndyCar: Wickens & Kanaan lead opening practice in Texas at over 220mph

Kanaan with team owner AJ Foyt
Kanaan with team owner AJ Foyt

In the heat of the Texas afternoon Friday sun, both Robert Wickens (SPM Honda) and Tony Kanaan (AJ Foyt Chevy) turned identical speeds of 220.014mph to top opening practice for the DXC Technology 400 IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Sebastien Bourdais was third quick in the Dale Coyne Honda at 219.619 mph followed by Alexander Rossi at 219.355 mph in his Andretti Honda.

Gabby Chaves rounded out the top-5 in his Harding Chevy at 219.064 mph.

“It was good," said Wickens, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie who has posted six top-10 finishes in the past seven races this season. “I think the track started off extremely, extremely low grip, but it came around to us pretty good. At the end, we did a couple (qualifying simulations runs) to get ready for qualifying.

Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens

“It’s hard to know in free practice. It’s literally impossible to get a tow-free lap around this place. The Lucas Oil car is doing well so far, but’s still early days. We’ll see what we’ve got later on."

Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon logged the fastest lap without aid of a draft, or tow, from a car in front. Dixon, who was sixth fastest on the overall speed chart, had the best no-tow lap of 218.588 mph.

Qualifying begins at 4 p.m. ET and airs live on NBCSN. Live timing and scoring that includes Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network audio is available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

Race coverage begins at 8 p.m. Saturday on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, with the green flag expected to wave at 8:45 p.m.

Practice 1 Results

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap FSpeed Engine Team
1 6 Robert Wickens 23.562 –.—- –.—- 220.014 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
2 14 Tony Kanaan 23.562 0.0000 0.0000 220.014 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
3 18 Sebastien Bourdais 23.605 0.0424 0.0424 219.619 Honda Dale Coyne Racing with VS
4 27 Alexander Rossi 23.633 0.0708 0.0284 219.355 Honda Andretti Autosport
5 88 Gabby Chaves 23.664 0.1022 0.0314 219.064 Chevy Harding Racing
6 9 Scott Dixon 23.671 0.1086 0.0064 219.005 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
7 22 Simon Pagenaud 23.687 0.1245 0.0159 218.858 Chevy Team Penske
8 98 Marco Andretti 23.729 0.1670 0.0425 218.466 Honda Andretti Herta Autosport with CA
9 1 Josef Newgarden 23.762 0.2003 0.0333 218.160 Chevy Team Penske
10 10 Ed Jones 23.789 0.2271 0.0268 217.914 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
11 30 Takuma Sato 23.797 0.2350 0.0079 217.842 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
12 5 James Hinchcliffe 23.822 0.2602 0.0252 217.611 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
13 23 Charlie Kimball 23.826 0.2636 0.0034 217.580 Chevy Carlin
14 26 Zach Veach 23.832 0.2700 0.0064 217.522 Honda Andretti Autosport
15 12 Will Power 23.866 0.3038 0.0338 217.214 Chevy Team Penske
16 20 Ed Carpenter 23.896 0.3335 0.0297 216.944 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
17 21 Spencer Pigot 23.971 0.4089 0.0754 216.261 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
18 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 24.005 0.4426 0.0337 215.958 Honda Andretti Autosport
19 19 Zachary De Melo 24.111 0.5485 0.1059 215.009 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
20 15 Graham Rahal 24.125 0.5629 0.0144 214.881 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
21 4 Matheus Leist 24.413 0.8511 0.2882 212.344 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
22 59 Max Chilton 24.482 0.9201 0.0389 211.746 Chevy Carlin

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