Dixon sweeps IndyCar Friday practice at Toronto

Chip Ganassi Racing driver and IndyCar championship leader Scott Dixon topped both Friday practice sessions ahead of the Toronto race.

Dixon’s fastest time of 59.0751 seconds came in the second session, a period in which most teams used the softer Firestone red-walled tyre compound.

That left him 0.4s clear of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato as RLLR proved Dixon’s closest challenger in both practices.

In the first session, it was Graham Rahal leading the RLLR two-car effort in second, but he spun out of the final corner in the second practice and proved to be only fourth fastest.

The RLLR cars were split by the fastest of the Andretti Autosport machines in the afternoon running with Detroit polesitter Marco Andretti in third, a feat he repeated in both sessions.

He beat team-mate Alexander Rossi by half a tenth, while Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot – who scored his first IndyCar podium at Iowa last weekend – was an impressive sixth and the fastest Chevrolet-powered runner.

Ryan Hunter-Reay rubbed the outside wall at Turn 1 but recovered to take eighth in the morning, before doing so again in the second practice session.

Defending Toronto winner and defending champion, Penske’s Josef Newgarden was seventh fastest in the afternoon, but it was a torrid session for team-mate Will Power who not only grated his left-hand wheels along the Turn 1 wall but then also slithered into the Turn 1 run-off area, eventually winding up 16th and 1.2s off Dixon’s benchmark.

Local drivers Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe had a difficult day in their home race weekend for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Wickens was best placed in the first session down in 11th, with Hinchcliffe the top SPM driver in the afternoon with 10th.

Conor Daly improved in his first IndyCar weekend with Harding Racing having replaced Gabby Chaves at Toronto, going from 20th in the morning to 17th in the afternoon.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King had a morning to forget when he ran out of fuel on the course and brought out a red flag. He then finished 21st in the afternoon, rounding out a difficult Friday.

Free practice one results

POSDRIVERTEAMCARGAP
1Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda1m00.7474s
2Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.1911s
3Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.2312s
4Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.2576s
5Marco AndrettiAndretti HertaDallara/Honda0.3018s
6Sebastien BourdaisDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda0.3834s
7Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.4121s
8Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.5062s
9Matheus LeistAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet0.5229s
10Ed JonesChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda0.5715s
11Robert WickensSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.5936s
12Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.5962s
13Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.6934s
14Zach VeachAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.9525s
15Tony KanaanAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet1.0220s
16Spencer PigotEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.1312s
17Max ChiltonCarlinDallara/Chevrolet1.1564s
18James HinchcliffeSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda1.2552s
19Zachary ClamanDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda1.4281s
20Conor DalyHarding RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.6383s
21Jordan KingEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.6648s
22Charlie KimballCarlinDallara/Chevrolet1.7240s
23Rene BinderJuncos RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.7298s

Free practice two results

POSDRIVERTEAMCARGAP
1Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda59.0751s
2Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.4366s
3Marco AndrettiAndretti HertaDallara/Honda0.4526s
4Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.4557s
5Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.5095s
6Spencer PigotEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.5599s
7Josef NewgardenTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.5632s
8Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.5720s
9Sebastien BourdaisDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda0.7276s
10James HinchcliffeSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.7406s
11Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.7466s
12Ed JonesChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Honda0.8924s
13Robert WickensSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.9111s
14Tony KanaanAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet0.9427s
15Zach VeachAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.9845s
16Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet1.2503s
17Conor DalyHarding RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.3363s
18Charlie KimballCarlinDallara/Chevrolet1.4226s
19Matheus LeistAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Chevrolet1.4804s
20Rene BinderJuncos RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.4961s
21Jordan KingEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.6011s
22Max ChiltonCarlinDallara/Chevrolet1.6159s
23Zachary ClamanDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda2.1072s

Dixon sweeps IndyCar Friday practice at Toronto

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