Pocono IndyCar: Veach tops delayed opening practice

Zach Veach put Andretti Autosport-Honda on top in opening practice for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, ahead of Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden and his own teammate Alexander Rossi.

Pocono IndyCar: Veach tops delayed opening practice

In a session that saw drivers and teams experimenting with wing extensions and wickers in accordance with IndyCar’s revised superspeedway package, the rookie lapped the tri-oval at 217.393mph. He also set second-fastest no-tow speed 214.233mph.

Last year’s Pocono runner-up Josef Newgarden was 0.0719sec slower, around 0.37mph, and a mere 0.02sec faster than Rossi, in a session that was put on hold for 30mins as track 'weepers' were dealt with.

Sebastien Bourdais was a strong fourth for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda, ahead of points leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, while Tony Kanaan was sixth overall and second-fastest Chevy for AJ Foyt Racing.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Hondas were slow at the start of the session, but jumped into the top 10, behind the second Penske of Simon Pagenaud and ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda and James Hinchcliffe.

Penske’s defending and two-time Pocono winner Will Power was 11th, while Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay in the other two Andretti cars were surprisingly only 14th and 17th respectively.

Pietro Fittipaldi’s first official oval session (he tested at Pocono last week) saw him clock 19th fastest, while Conor Daly’s first oval session with Harding Racing left him propping up the table.

The teams’ efforts to run qualifying simulations may prove pointless, however, since there is very uncertain weather in the area, and qualifying is due to start in 1.30pm local (ET) time.

Pocono, IndyCar FP1

Cla # Driver Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 26 United States Zach Veach 32 41.3997     217.393
2 1 United States Josef Newgarden 34 41.4716 0.0719 0.0719 217.016
3 27 United States Alexander Rossi 36 41.4924 0.0927 0.0208 216.907
4 18 France Sébastien Bourdais 31 41.6851 0.2854 0.1927 215.904
5 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon 27 41.7287 0.3290 0.0436 215.679
6 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan 28 41.7693 0.3696 0.0406 215.469
7 22 France Simon Pagenaud 24 41.8049 0.4052 0.0356 215.286
8 30 Japan Takuma Sato 25 41.8255 0.4258 0.0206 215.180
9 15 United States Graham Rahal 34 41.8725 0.4728 0.0470 214.938
10 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe 29 41.8772 0.4775 0.0047 214.914
11 12 Australia Will Power 30 41.8786 0.4789 0.0014 214.907
12 21 United States Spencer Pigot 31 42.0129 0.6132 0.1343 214.220
13 6 Canada Robert Wickens 29 42.1182 0.7185 0.1053 213.684
14 98 United States Marco Andretti 20 42.1305 0.7308 0.0123 213.622
15 23 United States Charlie Kimball 34 42.1630 0.7633 0.0325 213.457
16 20 United States Ed Carpenter 31 42.1833 0.7836 0.0203 213.355
17 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 34 42.1964 0.7967 0.0131 213.288
18 4 Brazil Matheus Leist 31 42.2833 0.8836 0.0869 212.850
19 19 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi 28 42.3208 0.9211 0.0375 212.661
20 10 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones 35 42.3843 0.9846 0.0635 212.343
21 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton 38 43.0528 1.6531 0.6685 209.046
22 88 United States Conor Daly 15 43.6867 2.2870 0.6339 206.012
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