Indianapolis 500 winner Pagenaud tops practice for IndyCar Toronto

David Malsher
Autosport
Pagenaud tops practice for IndyCar Toronto
Pagenaud tops practice for IndyCar Toronto

Team Penske-Chevrolet's Simon Pagenaud went fastest in second practice for Honda Indy Toronto, just beating Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda's Felix Rosenqvist.

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner set a time of 59.8708s around the 1.786-mile street course with Rosenqvist a mere 0.0603s behind him.

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Pagenaud, who claimed pole at the Toronto circuit in '17, had a clear edge over his Penske team-mates - eclipsing Josef Newgarden and Will Power by over half a second, with the drivers trialling Firestone alternate compound tires for the only time before qualifying.

Sebastien Bourdais was barely more than a tenth off top spot for Dayle Coyne Racing, also setting a time under the 1-minute barrier, while Spencer Pigot had a very encouraging run to fourth for Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy to beat the second Ganassi car of practice one pacesetter Scott Dixon by a tenth.

Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti each took sixth and seventh respectively ahead of Newgarden, Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay and Power.

Road America winner Alexander Rossi had a scrappy session, clattering the final turn with his rightside rear and front wheels, and then losing five minutes for stopping on track with a bent left-front wheel after scraping it on the wall at the inside of Turn 9.

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' rookie Marcus Ericsson also endured a messy practice, smacking the final turn wall with his right-rear, bouncing off the outside wall at Turn 5, visiting an escape road and then having a near miss with another tire barrier.

Unsurprisingly, Ericsson was last, as series returnee Sage Karam made gains on the understanding of his Carlin-Chevrolet and drew well within two seconds of Pagenaud's pacesetting time.

First free practice results

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m01.0723s

-

2

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.2138s

0.1415s

3

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m01.2395s

0.1672s

4

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m01.3843s

0.3120s

5

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.4969s

0.4246s

6

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m01.6702s

0.5979s

7

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.6841s

0.6118s

8

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m01.7180s

0.6457s

9

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m01.8080s

0.7357s

10

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.8286s

0.7563s

11

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1m01.8747s

0.8024s

12

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m01.8883s

0.8160s

13

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m01.9302s

0.8579s

14

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m02.0513s

0.9790s

15

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m02.0979s

1.0256s

16

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m02.2369s

1.1646s

17

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m02.4007s

1.3284s

18

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m02.4735s

1.4012s

19

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m02.6955s

1.6232s

20

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m02.9165s

1.8442s

21

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m03.0755s

2.0032s

22

Sage Karam

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m03.9765s

2.9042s

Second free practice results

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

59.8708s

-

2

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

59.9311s

0.0603s

3

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

59.9866s

0.1158s

4

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m00.0401s

0.1693s

5

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m00.1445s

0.2737s

6

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m00.4091s

0.5383s

7

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1m00.4435s

0.5727s

8

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m00.4509s

0.5801s

9

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m00.4696s

0.5988s

10

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m00.4981s

0.6273s

11

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m00.6106s

0.7398s

12

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m00.6756s

0.8048s

13

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m00.7419s

0.8711s

14

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m00.8161s

0.9453s

15

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m00.8572s

0.9864s

16

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m00.9907s

1.1199s

17

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m01.0845s

1.2137s

18

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.1068s

1.2360s

19

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m01.3290s

1.4582s

20

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.4316s

1.5608s

21

Sage Karam

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m01.6066s

1.7358s

22

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m01.6437s

1.7729s

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