IndyCar: Sebastien Bourdais tops first practice for Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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The first of three practice sessions for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis ended after two hours, with Sebastien Bourdais topping the field of 25 cars.

The driver of the No. 11 Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet posted a best time of 1:10.9378 on his 10th of 47 laps turned around the 14-turn, 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Frenchman was followed by Will Power with a best time of 1:11.0351 after 24 laps and Scott Dixon 1:11.0450 (18 laps).

Sebastian Saavedra, who earned the pole for the inaugural Grand Prix last year, was fourth fastest at 1:11.1123 in his No. 8 AFS Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

The top five was rounded out by defending race winner Simon Pagenaud at 1:11.1337.

James Hinchcliffe turned the most laps with 54 and was 19th fastest (1:11.9180). Justin Wilson, taking part in his first IndyCar action of the year with Andretti Autosport, was 18th quickest at 1:11.9104. Wilson’s start in the GP of Indy on Saturday will be his first of the season, but the 169th of his IndyCar career.

The second practice session of the day will be held from 3 to 4:40 p.m. ET.

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IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race