Indy 500 practice: Dixon on top in opening session for veterans

David Malsher-Lopez
·3-min read

The 2008 Indy winner lapped the iconic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 224.047mph, some 0.85mph faster than Team Penske-Chevrolet’s two-time and reigning champion Josef Newgarden.

A.J. Foyt Racing-Chevrolet’s Tony Kanaan was the first driver to click past 220mph as the 2013 Indy winner drafted past Marcus Ericsson’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 17 minutes into the two-hour session. He was soon edged by Dixon and 2016 winner Alexander Rossi, before another Foyt car went fastest, that of Charlie Kimball.

The 2018 winner Will Power sent Team Penske into the 221mph zone, and Dixon then towed up behind Colton Herta to click off a 222.

Marco Andretti came to a halt on pitlane entry with an electrical issue, bringing out the first caution of the day, not long after Marco’s temporary Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe put his Genesys car at the top of the speed charts with a 223.071mph lap.

This held firm as fastest speed until the final 10 minutes when Josef Newgarden picked up a strong draft from a couple of cars to hit an average of 223.188mph around the iconic 2.5-mile Speedway. This was then thoroughly eclipsed by Dixon’s 224.047.

Behind this pair, Hinchcliffe retained third as fastest Andretti car ahead of Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay who turned fastest no-tow speed at 219.7.

2017 winner Takuma Sato was seventh for Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, while Zach Veach split two of the Ed Carpenter Racing machines.

Next up is two hours for Rookies and Refreshers.

1

9

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

224.047

36

2

1

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevy

223.188

42

3

29

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda

223.071

13

4

14

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Chevy

222.080

42

5

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

221.884

29

6

30

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda

221.838

34

7

20

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevy

221.813

40

8

12

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevy

221.634

43

9

26

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Honda

221.359

47

10

47

Conor Daly

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevy

221.234

32

11

15

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda

221.036

45

12

45

Spencer Pigot

RLL with Citrone/Buhl Autosport

Honda

220.999

44

13

88

Colton Herta

Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport

Honda

220.941

34

14

27

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

220.930

25

15

4

Charlie Kimball

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Chevy

220.662

48

16

18

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan

Honda

220.339

37

17

60

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Honda

220.267

34

18

22

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevy

220.135

40

19

98

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian

Honda

220.028

28

20

8

Marcus Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

219.694

43

21

10

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

219.561

9