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.