Leist tops opening IndyCar practice in St. Pete

Matt Leist
Matt Leist

Brazilian rookie Matt Leist turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Firestone GP in St. Petersburg and let it be known in the paddock that he and the AJ Foyt Chevy Racing team could be a force to reckon with in 2018.

Honda powered cars were 2nd thru 6th led by local favorite and defending race champion Sebastien Bourdais driving for Dale Coyne/Vasser-Sullivan 0.0488s behind Leist.

Andretti Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi were 3rd and 4th while Scott Dixon rounded out the top-5.

Friday Practice 1 times

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap FSpeed Engine Team
1 4 Matheus Leist 1:01.723 –.—- –.—- 104.985 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
2 18 Sebastien Bourdais 1:01.772 0.0488 0.0488 104.902 Honda Dale Coyne/Vasser-Sullivan
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:01.881 0.1581 0.1093 104.717 Honda Andretti Autosport
4 27 Alexander Rossi 1:02.041 0.3184 0.1603 104.446 Honda Andretti Autosport
5 9 Scott Dixon 1:02.056 0.3329 0.0145 104.422 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
6 6 Robert Wickens 1:02.183 0.4602 0.1273 104.208 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
7 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:02.216 0.4931 0.0329 104.153 Chevy Team Penske
8 12 Will Power 1:02.307 0.5838 0.0907 104.001 Chevy Team Penske
9 14 Tony Kanaan 1:02.337 0.6139 0.0301 103.951 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
10 21 Spencer Pigot 1:02.356 0.6334 0.0195 103.919 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
11 20 Jordan King 1:02.411 0.6881 0.0547 103.828 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
12 15 Graham Rahal 1:02.466 0.7428 0.0547 103.737 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
13 10 Ed Jones 1:02.615 0.8917 0.1489 103.490 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
14 19 Zachary De Melo 1:02.738 1.0145 0.1228 103.287 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
15 1 Josef Newgarden 1:02.767 1.0436 0.0291 103.239 Chevy Team Penske
16 26 Zach Veach 1:02.790 1.0671 0.0235 103.201 Honda Andretti Autosport
17 60 Jack Harvey 1:02.842 1.1185 0.0514 103.116 Honda Michael Shank Racing
18 98 Marco Andretti 1:02.884 1.1612 0.0427 103.046 Honda Andretti Autosport
19 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:03.051 1.3284 0.1672 102.773 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
20 59 Max Chilton 1:03.374 1.6511 0.3227 102.250 Chevy Carlin
21 23 Charlie Kimball 1:03.621 1.8979 0.2468 101.853 Chevy Carlin
22 30 Takuma Sato 1:03.624 1.9012 0.0033 101.848 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
23 88 Gabby Chaves 1:04.184 2.4614 0.5602 100.959 Chevy Harding Racing
24 32 Rene Binder 1:04.886 3.1628 0.7014 99.868 Chevy Juncos Racing

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