IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud fastest in first Firestone 600 practice


FORT WORTH – Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud took the top spot late in practice for the Firestone 600 and stayed there with his speed of 216.172 mph.

Pagenaud was followed in the 75-minute session by teammate Will Power (216.126), Takuma Sato (216.078), Tony Kanaan (215.685) and Scott Dixon (215.314).

Defending race winner Ed Carpenter was 22nd fastest out of a field of 23 cars at 210.716 mph.

Kanaan led for most of the session before begin dethroned. Kanaan said following practice the 2.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway was “very slippery” and that at night, when the Firestone 600 will be run, that it would be “even more pronounced.”

The only incident in practice was a one-car crash involving Ryan Hunter-Reay in Turn 2.

Qualifying for the Firestone 600 is at 4:15 p.m. ET but wont be aired on NBSN until 6 p.m. ET.

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