St. Pete: Pagenaud tops opening IndyCar practice

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud

Penske Racing's Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the 2016 IndyCar season on the streets of St. Petersburg. A.J. Foyt Racing's Jack Hawksworth was second, a mere six-hundredths behind Pagenaud, with Team Penske's Helio Castroneves third. Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-five.

Two-time Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner Will Power brought out a red flag midway through the session with a crash in turn 9. The #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet sustained significant damage to the right suspension.

The Verizon IndyCar Series will be back on track at 3:40 p.m. this afternoon for practice 2.

Results

Pos No Name Time Diff Gap FL Laps Speed Engine
1 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:01.725 0.000 0.000 13 19 104.982 Chevy
2 41 Jack Hawksworth 1:01.787 0.0624 0.0624 12 20 104.876 Honda
3 3 Helio Castroneves 1:01.805 0.0805 0.0181 5 11 104.846 Chevy
4 14 Takuma Sato 1:01.841 0.1165 0.0360 5 15 104.785 Honda
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:01.873 0.1488 0.0323 7 16 104.730 Honda
6 9 Scott Dixon 1:01.962 0.2376 0.0888 7 18 104.580 Chevy
7 10 Tony Kanaan 1:01.997 0.2721 0.0345 6 23 104.522 Chevy
8 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 1:02.096 0.3718 0.0997 8 13 104.354 Chevy
9 83 Charlie Kimball 1:02.147 0.4225 0.0507 7 19 104.269 Chevy
10 26 Carlos Munoz 1:02.155 0.4300 0.0075 4 18 104.256 Honda
11 27 Marco Andretti 1:02.158 0.4335 0.0035 10 16 104.250 Honda
12 11 Sebastien Bourdais 1:02.162 0.4375 0.0040 8 18 104.244 Chevy
13 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:02.184 0.4592 0.0217 5 18 104.207 Honda
14 21 Josef Newgarden 1:02.237 0.5120 0.0528 12 19 104.119 Chevy
15 15 Graham Rahal 1:02.242 0.5169 0.0049 6 18 104.111 Honda
16 19 Luca Filippi 1:02.288 0.5635 0.0466 18 18 104.033 Honda
17 12 Will Power 1:02.435 0.7105 0.1470 4 5 103.788 Chevy
18 98 Alexander Rossi 1:02.590 0.8651 0.1546 6 22 103.531 Honda
19 16 Spencer Pigot 1:02.835 1.1108 0.2457 24 27 103.127 Honda
20 18 Conor Daly 1:02.927 1.2023 0.0915 20 26 102.977 Honda
21 7 Mikhail Aleshin 1:03.281 1.5562 0.3539 19 21 102.401 Honda
22 8 Max Chilton 1:03.381 1.6562 0.1000 33 34 102.239 Chevy

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