TORONTO – The Verizon IndyCar Series took to the 1.786-mile Toronto street circuit on Friday for not one, but two practice sessions this afternoon. In the first session, Sebastien Bourdais topped the speed charts with a lap of 1:02.9290-seconds in his No. 11 Hydroxycut Chevrolet. Bourdais, has to be among the favorites to take the checkered flag this weekend first, as he not only did he have the quickest lap in the opening session, but the KVSH Racing driver also has two career Honda Indy Toronto wins to go along with six podiums in his last five Toronto starts.
The Frenchman has also finished in the top 10 in all but three Toronto starts during his storied career.
Scott Dixon was second quickest in the initial session in his No. 9 Target Chevy with a lap of 1:02.9738-seconds. He too is a threat to win at Toronto as he swept both races in 2013.
The current points leader Simon Pagenaud turned a hot lap of 1:03.1246-seconds in his No. 22 PPG Chevy, as that lap was third quickest. Pagenaud, turned that lap in the closing minutes of the 45-minute long session, as he moved from fifth on the speed charts to third with that run.
Two Honda’s were fourth and fifth respectively as Takuma Sato (1:03.1925-seconds) and Graham Rahal (1:03.2636-seconds) took home those spots.
Overall, it was a clean session as no one had any noticeable troubles.
In the second practice later on this afternoon, it was the total opposite. Turn 11 caught both Juan Pablo Montoya as well as Charlie Kimball in two totally separate incidents during practice causing both to crash into the outside wall.
Also, Mikhail Aleshin spun on the track as well, as there were three red flags in the 45-minute long session.
Leading the way though was Team Penske, as they swept the top three speeds on the speed charts with Simon Pagenaud being quickest overall with a lap of 1:01.7-seconds.
Helio Castroneves was second quick in his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevy with a lap of 1:01.9091-seconds, as those were the only two drivers to eclipse the 1:01-second barrier on Friday.
Their other teammate Will Power was third fastest in his No. 12 Verizon Chevy as he turned a lap of 1:02.0573-seconds.
Dixon (1:02-0702-seconds) who was second in the opening session, was fourth in the second practice, while hometown hero James Hinchcliffe (1:02.1867-seconds) rounded out the top five in the final practice today.