A cold and breezy Long Beach with a track still drying from earlier rain meant a subdued first practice session of the weekend for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Marco Andretti topped the timesheets in the first practice session on the streets of Long Beach on Friday morning, with a time of 1:17.2298s (91.737mph) on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.
The second practice session was a wash-out, with the only runs consisting of a single tentative installation lap from Dario Franchitti, and his Ganassi team mate Scott Dixon crashing on his first lap out of the pit lane
With so many penalties being enacted and the exact order in which the penalties are imposed not certain, the following starting grid order is highly provisional and will only be officially confirmed and announced following Sunday morning's warm-up session.
1. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi-Honda 2. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR-Honda 3. #18 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne-Honda 4. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt-Hamilton-Honda 5. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi-Honda 6. #15 Takuma Sato RLL-Honda 7. #14 Mike Conway AJ Foyt-Honda 8. #38 Graham Rahal Ganassi-Honda 9. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi-Honda 10. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA-Lotus 11. #2 Ryan Briscoe Penske-Chevrolet * 12. #12 Will Power Penske-Chevrolet * 13. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti-Chevrolet * 14. #19 James Jakes Dale Coyne-Honda 15. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti-Chevrolet * 16. #5 EJ Viso KV Racing-Chevrolet * 17. #78 Simona de Silvestro HVM-Lotus 18. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske-Chevrolet * 19. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing-Chevrolet * 20. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther-Chevrolet * 21. #8 Rubens Barrichello KV Racing-Chevrolet * 22. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti-Chevrolet * 23. #22 Oriol Servia Dreyer & Reinbold-Lotus * 24. #20 Ed Carpenter ECR-Chevrolet * 25. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon-Lotus * 26. #6 Katherine Legge Dragon-Lotus *
* = ten-place starting grid penalty for engine change
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Will Power Penske DW12-Chevy 2. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12-Honda + 0.8675s 3. James Hinchcliffe Andretti DW12-Chevy + 13.2719s 4. Tony Kanaan KV DW12-Chevy + 18.1951s 5. JR Hildebrand Panther DW12-Chevy + 22.9947s 6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12-Chevy + 42.5631 7. Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12-Chevy + 1m40.1271s 8. Takuma Sato Rahal DW12-Honda + 1 lap 9. Rubens Barrichello KV DW12-Chevy + 1 lap 10. Justin Wilson Coyne DW12-Honda + 1 lap 11. James Jakes Coyne DW12-Honda + 1 lap 12. EJ Viso KV DW12-Chevy + 1 lap 13. Helio Castroneves Penske DW12-Chevy + 1 lap 14. Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12-Chevy + 2 laps 15. Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12-Honda + 3 laps 16. Oriol Servia Dreyer & Reinbold DW12-Lotus + 3 laps 17. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon DW12-Lotus + 3 laps 18. Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12-Honda + 5 laps 19. Katherine Legge Dragon DW12-Lotus + 5 laps
Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12-Lotus 74 laps Alex Tagliani BHA DW12-Lotus 46 laps Mike Conway Foyt DW12-Honda 41 laps Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12-Honda 27 laps Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12-Honda 23 laps Marco Andretti Andretti DW12-Chevy 22 laps Josef Newgarden Fisher DW12-Honda 0 laps
That realy was an enjoyable race to watch. Will powers fuel millage compared to Sato's at the end was crazy. The last two races hes realy slowly worked his way to the front and its paying off for him.
Is it just me or do others see Marco Andretti way too agresive? Im not saying the crash he had was his fault but everytime he gets behind someone or someone gets behind him you expect some crazyness abit like Bargs in the V8's.
Also goto feel for the young guy at t1 leading, was the correct move and would have made it without the tap. The commentators bias towards Dario was incredable until they watched the 10th replay and then shut their mouths.
Also herd the push to pass will come back once the teams get a good hold of the current engines, glad to hear that.