Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2 in Long Beach opening practice


LONG BEACH, Calif. – On a track that is traditionally one of his worst, Scott Dixon opened up the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend with the fastest time in Friday’s opening 45-minute practice session.

Dixon, back in his usual red No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet after a detour to blue Brita primary colors last week at NOLA Motorsports Park, set a best time of 1:08.6458 to lead the session. Teammate Tony Kanaan was second in the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at 1:08.8292.

In eight past Long Beach starts, Dixon has only one top-10 finish.

Past Long Beach winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was third ahead of his NOLA sparring partner Simon Pagenaud, with Will Power fifth and thus making it only two Team Penske entries into the top five.

Sebastian Saavedra, in his first session with Chip Ganassi Racing, was a creditable 17th and only 0.7 of a second off Dixon.

In his opening session in an IndyCar, Dale Coyne Racing debutante Rocky Moran Jr. was 22nd at 1:11.1072, 2.4 seconds off Dixon’s leading pace.

Second practice runs from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. PT and local time (6:45 ET).

Times from first practice are below: