Power tops opening IndyCar practice in Toronto

Will Power's yellow Penske
Dick Pong

Will Power — who won the CART race here in 2007 in a memorable rain-soaked drive — lead the first practice session of the 2009 Honda Indy Toronto. Raphael "Raffie" Matos showed the speed that the rest of the field has been talking about since Indy, with the second quickest time.

Danica was slowest in the first practice, some 2.7 seconds slower. In fact, the entire Andretti Green Racing team seemed intent on being great hosts as they all struggled. Kanaan was 6th fastest, Hideki 17th fastest, and Marco 16th fastest. As another publication joked this week, the status of "Big 3" team has been revoked for Team ARG.

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The streets of Toronto are beautiful, with a wonderful weather forecast for the weekend. However, the local garbage collector's union is on strike, and fans coming from the west on Lake Shore will likely be caught in the traffic jam at the temporary garbage dump set up to ease the situation.

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Parking in downtown Toronto is a problem even without a major street closed up and some 100,000 fans in attendance. Most of the lots on the main streets are $20, but locals tell stories of $4 lots off of the beaten path. At any rate, race fans should allow lots of time for traffic and parking woes when they come to the track. Better still is to simply get a hotel room and enjoy the night life of Toronto after the cars go silent.

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Likewise, fans should leave time to tour the National Trade Center. Not only are there the souvenir and food stands, but the exhibition hall is playing garage to some of the support classes. as well as exhibits from vendors. Tim Wohlford reporting from Toronto

Practice 1 Results

Pos

Driver Name Best Time Best Speed Best Lap Total Laps
1 Will Power (12) 1:02.1733 101.619 35 45
2 Raphael Matos (2) 1:02.2975 101.417 30 36
3 Scott Dixon (9) 1:02.3324 101.360 11 24
4 Ryan Briscoe (6) 1:02.3556 101.322 18 20
5 Paul Tracy (15) 1:02.3930 101.261 18 27
6 Tony Kanaan (11) 1:02.4499 101.169 18 19
7 Dario Franchitti (10) 1:02.4964 101.094 18 24
8 Helio Castroneves (3) 1:02.5057 101.079 14 26
9 Robert Doornbos (06) 1:02.5742 100.968 23 39
10 Graham Rahal (02) 1:02.5765 100.964 17 23
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay (14) 1:02.6661 100.820 33 38
12 Justin Wilson (18) 1:02.6748 100.806 11 12
13 Alex Tagliani (34) 1:02.6923 100.778 17 19
14 Mike Conway (24) 1:03.0203 100.253 39 40
15 Mario Moraes (5) 1:03.0293 100.239 23 35
16 Marco Andretti (26) 1:03.2557 99.880 25 39
17 Hideki Mutoh (27) 1:03.3323 99.760 20 28
18 E.J. Viso (13) 1:03.5222 99.461 19 34
19 Tomas Scheckter (23) 1:04.1912 98.425 33 40
20 Dan Wheldon (4) 1:04.3358 98.203 19 22
21 Richard Antinucci (98) 1:04.4100 98.090 50 51
22 Ed Carpenter (20) 1:04.8593 97.411 23 42
23 Danica Patrick (7) 1:04.9420 97.287 22 22

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