Will Power topped the charts following a 75-minute practice session ahead of this weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.
Power’s fastest time was a 1:15.0197, which bested the course lap record set by him in 2015 by over a second. Times set in practice cannot be recognized as official, but with seven drivers beating the previous lap record in this morning’s session, the record is certainly in jeopardy.
“I think the aero kits for this year is the reason why the cars are faster here,” Power explained. “They give us more downforce in the corners. My car is good, pretty easy to drive. I think we’re there with the right setup. We’ll see what happens in qualifying today, but overall the car feels good.”
Power’s Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was second quick with a lap of 1:15.5797, while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was third fastest with a lap of 1:15.7543. Championship leader Simon Pagenaud and Indy 500 pole sitter James Hinchcliffe were fourth and fifth fastest with times of 1:15.9028 and 1:15.9408, respectively.
Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate brought out two red flags in the session, first spinning at the exit of Turn 4 and then clipping the tire barrier in Turn 7.
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