Marco Andretti leads Honda sweep in opening IndyCar practice

Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti

After a winter of intense training, Marco Andretti came out swinging by turning the fastest lap of 1m03.756s in opening practice for the Firestone St. Petersburg Grand Prix street race. Andretti led a Honda 1-2-3-4 as Honda appears to have caught Chevy in the offseason, at least so far.

Tony Kanaan came within a whisker of Andretti with a time of 1m03.845s with his Ganassi teammate right behind in third.

James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-5.

The Penske team struggled a bit with brake issues as Will Power spun and hit the wall under hard braking and Josef Newgarden did a half-spin under hard braking but continued.

Results

P No Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps FSpeed Engine
1 27 Marco Andretti 1:03.756 0.0000 0.0000 6 16 101.638 Honda
2 10 Tony Kanaan 1:03.845 0.0891 0.0891 4 20 101.496 Honda
3 9 Scott Dixon 1:03.880 0.1239 0.0348 9 16 101.441 Honda
4 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:04.151 0.3947 0.2708 12 13 101.012 Honda
5 1 Simon Pagenaud 1:04.213 0.4572 0.0625 15 15 100.914 Chevy
6 15 Graham Rahal 1:04.319 0.5631 0.1059 20 20 100.748 Honda
7 3 Helio Castroneves 1:04.349 0.5929 0.0298 7 16 100.701 Chevy
8 83 Charlie Kimball 1:04.407 0.6512 0.0583 17 20 100.610 Honda
9 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:04.412 0.6559 0.0047 12 16 100.603 Honda
10 8 Max Chilton 1:04.538 0.7820 0.1261 20 21 100.406 Honda
11 12 Will Power 1:04.551 0.7954 0.0134 3 18 100.385 Chevy
12 98 Alexander Rossi 1:04.627 0.8711 0.0757 17 17 100.268 Honda
13 18 Sebastien Bourdais 1:04.690 0.9341 0.0630 16 16 100.170 Honda
14 20 Spencer Pigot 1:04.829 1.0731 0.1390 13 16 99.955 Chevy
15 2 Josef Newgarden 1:04.850 1.0941 0.0210 9 13 99.923 Chevy
16 26 Takuma Sato 1:04.854 1.0977 0.0036 5 15 99.917 Honda
17 7 Mikhail Aleshin 1:04.960 1.2046 0.1069 14 17 99.753 Honda
18 19 Ed Jones 1:05.221 1.4654 0.2608 20 20 99.354 Honda
19 14 Carlos Munoz 1:05.429 1.6730 0.2076 6 14 99.039 Chevy
20 21 JR Hildebrand 1:05.580 1.8238 0.1508 5 15 98.811 Chevy
21 4 Conor Daly 1:05.593 1.8369 0.0131 6 8 98.791 Chevy

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