Pagenaud leads opening practice

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud put the #22 Avaya Chevrolet atop the time charts in practice today for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. With a lap of 216.172 mph, the Frenchman nipped teammate Will Power by a mere five-thousandths of a second. Takuma Sato was the fastest Honda in third.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon rounded out the top-five.

Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed midway through the session. The 2012 series champion was checked, cleared and released from the infield care center, but did not turn any other laps. No word yet on whether the Andretti team will need to go to a backup car.

Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series will be pole qualifying, scheduled to be at 4:15 p.m. ET.

Results:

P No Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps LapTime LPit FSpeed Engine
1 22 Simon Pagenaud 24.231 0.000 0.000 44 46 37.744 46 216.172 Chevy
2 1 Will Power 24.236 0.0052 0.0052 45 50 38.617 47 216.126 Chevy
3 14 Takuma Sato 24.241 0.0106 0.0054 25 26 24.626 22 216.078 Honda
4 10 Tony Kanaan 24.285 0.0547 0.0441 5 35 38.258 35 215.685 Chevy
5 9 Scott Dixon 24.327 0.0966 0.0419 4 46 38.518 46 215.314 Chevy
6 3 Helio Castroneves 24.332 0.1010 0.0044 4 39 37.309 39 215.275 Chevy
7 15 Graham Rahal 24.344 0.1129 0.0119 30 31 37.889 31 215.169 Honda
8 19 Tristan Vautier 24.377 0.1459 0.0330 51 52 24.383 48 214.878 Honda
9 27 Marco Andretti 24.379 0.1480 0.0021 4 28 40.319 28 214.860 Honda
10 26 Carlos Munoz 24.399 0.1686 0.0206 4 22 38.614 22 214.678 Honda
11 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 24.457 0.2265 0.0579 5 17 25.226 15 214.170 Honda
12 83 Charlie Kimball 24.466 0.2351 0.0086 4 41 36.908 41 214.095 Chevy
13 8 Sage Karam 24.535 0.3041 0.0690 50 52 24.752 47 213.493 Chevy
14 7 James Jakes 24.540 0.3095 0.0054 10 43 25.101 39 213.446 Honda
15 11 Sebastien Bourdais 24.548 0.3175 0.0080 6 31 44.449 31 213.376 Chevy
16 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 24.553 0.3225 0.0050 5 37 38.204 37 213.333 Chevy
17 5 Ryan Briscoe 24.562 0.3309 0.0084 31 43 25.355 27 213.260 Honda
18 18 Pippa Mann 24.704 0.4730 0.1421 22 54 25.952 52 212.033 Honda
19 41 Jack Hawksworth 24.710 0.4796 0.0066 24 37 25.125 32 211.976 Honda
20 4 Stefano Coletti 24.750 0.5192 0.0396 19 25 25.377 23 211.637 Chevy
21 98 Gabby Chaves 24.827 0.5967 0.0775 7 46 25.332 40 210.977 Honda
22 20 Ed Carpenter 24.858 0.6274 0.0307 5 27 25.313 18 210.716 Chevy
23 67 Josef Newgarden 24.860 0.6292 0.0018 5 47 38.248 47 210.701 Chevy

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