Briscoe fastest in IndyCar opening practice at Fontana

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Ryan Briscoe, back in the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda for Auto Club Speedway and likely for the foreseeable future in the Verizon IndyCar Series, set the fastest speed during the opening 45-minute practice session for the MAVTV 500 in Fontana, Calif.

The three rookie drivers had an hour of running from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. local time before the remainder of the field joined in at 9:30.

Briscoe’s best speed was 217.451 mph, just ahead of another Honda-powered driver in past ACS polesitter Marco Andretti in the No. 27 Snapple Honda for Andretti Autosport. Andretti’s best speed was 217.316 mph.

Simon Pagenaud led a quartet of Chevrolet runners from third to sixth, ahead of Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan and Toronto winner Josef Newgarden.

Speeds from an incident-free first practice are linked below.


Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.