INDIANAPOLIS – The Month of May is officially underway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers took to the 2.439-mile road course for two practice sessions at the world’s most famous track. In the opening session, the results looked a lot like last year’s finishing order, as 2014 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner Will Power was fastest while last year’s runner-up Graham Rahal was second to him in the opening of the two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon.
Power, turned a lap of 1:09.8943-seconds in his No. 12 Verizon Wireless Chevrolet in the closing seconds of the session, as that lap proved to be the best of the opening practice.
Rahal had the quickest lap for most of the session as he turned a lap of 1:10.0699-seconds in his No. 15 Steak n’ Shake Honda. But, Power beat him to the top lap inside of a minute to go, as Rahal had to settle for second behind Power just like he did at the finish of last year’s race.
The rest of the top five was Team Penske dominated, as last year’s Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya was third quickest (1:10.3028-seconds), this year’s points leader Simon Pagenaud (1:10.3448-seconds) being fourth overall and their other teammate Helio Castroneves rounding out the top five with a lap of 1:10.3751-seconds.
Two more Chevy’s were right behind them in Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden as six of the top seven speeds in the initial session were bowtie powered.
The second session saw another late practice swap for the top speed as defending IndyCar champion Dixon topped the speed charts with a time of 1:09.8281-seconds in his No. 9 Target Chevy.
Dixon, turned that lap in the closing minutes as it came on his 34th lap of the second session.
Pagenaud was second fastest as he turned a time of 1:09.9894-seconds in his No. 22 Menards Chevy. Rahal who was second quickest in the opening session backed that up with being third in the second practice (1:09.9896-seconds) with Sebastien Bourdais (1:09.9944-seconds) and Power (1:09.9946-seconds) rounding out the top five.
This session saw more red flags as Alexander Rossi, Alex Tagliani, Mikahil Aleshin and James Hinchcliffe all had issues in getting of the track in the 75-minute session.
The cars return to the track on Saturday morning with a session from 11-11:45 a.m.