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What happened in Detroit IndyCar practice

Jun 11 2021

Will Power put Penske on top in the Friday afternoon practice session ahead of IndyCar’s Detroit double-header.

The 75-minute-long session is the only practice running before the field goes into qualifying for Saturday’s opening race.

Having struggled to even get onto the grid for the Indianapolis 500 last month, Power made a more encouraging start to the next stage of the IndyCar season with a 1m17.2768s lap right at the end of the Friday running.

That last-gasp effort denied Sebastien Bourdais and AJ Foyt Racing the top spot.

Pato O’Ward had been fastest for Arrow McLaren SP during the part of the session when most were using the harder Firestone tyres, and stayed near the top in third when the field largely switched to the softer red tyres.

The session was disrupted early on when Penske rookie Scott McLaughlin – who had just gone fastest – slid into the barriers and did enough damage to end his day. Having completed just five laps of the unfamiliar track, McLaughlin goes into qualifying at a huge disadvantage.

Jimmie Johnson spun and stalled his Ganassi car at the same time as McLaughlin’s crash. But he was able to rejoin and get the full session under his belt, albeit lapping 5.5s off the pace.

Romain Grosjean also had a spin as he got to grips with the bumpy Belle Isle street track for the first time. He had a couple of spells at the top of the times early on before being pushed down the order, and ended up 1.3s slower than Power in 13th.

Championship leader Alex Palou was 15th, while his Ganassi team-mate and nearest points rival Scott Dixon was fourth ahead of Andretti Autosport duo Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta.

Rinus VeeKay, winner on the Indianapolis road course last month, got away with a huge slide right at the end of the session that sent him into a wild trip over the high kerbs and grass.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Car Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet 1m17.276s
2 Sébastien Bourdais A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.153s +0.153s 1m17.429s
3 Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.085s +0.238s 1m17.514s
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +0.103s +0.341s 1m17.617s
5 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda +0.041s +0.382s 1m17.658s
6 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda +0.154s +0.536s 1m17.812s
7 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +0.16s +0.696s 1m17.972s
8 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.06s +0.756s 1m18.032s
9 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.113s +0.869s 1m18.145s
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda +0.058s +0.927s 1m18.203s
11 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12-Honda +0.293s +1.22s 1m18.496s
12 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +0.021s +1.241s 1m18.517s
13 Romain Grosjean Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Dallara DW12-Honda +0.068s +1.309s 1m18.585s
14 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.169s +1.478s 1m18.754s
15 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +0.045s +1.523s 1m18.799s
16 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +0.02s +1.543s 1m18.819s
17 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.054s +1.597s 1m18.873s
18 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.004s +1.601s 1m18.877s
19 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.016s +1.617s 1m18.893s
20 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Dallara DW12-Honda +0.187s +1.804s 1m19.08s
21 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +0.233s +2.037s 1m19.313s
22 Santino Ferrucci Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +0.027s +2.064s 1m19.34s
23 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +1.467s +3.531s 1m20.807s
24 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske Dallara DW12-Chevrolet +0.318s +3.849s 1m21.125s
25 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12-Honda +1.61s +5.459s 1m22.735s

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