James Hinchcliffe leads opening practice for the Indy 500

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James Hinchcliffe paced the opening Indy 500 practice Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, turning a 224.526 mph lap in his No. 29 Dallara-Honda.

Hinchcliffe, who is running the last of three races in a part-time schedule while also working as an IndyCar on NBC analyst this year, was one of three Andretti Autosport drivers in the top five. Marco Andretti (224.345) was second, and Ryan Hunter-Reay was fourth (223.341)

“It’s always nice rolling off the truck here with a car that’s got good pace,” Hinchcliffe told Dillon Welch on the NBC Sports Gold broadcast. “It’s a huge credit to everyone at Andretti Autosport. They’ve got a bunch of quick cars.

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“We just need to work on it a little bit and get the balance better working in a big group but can’t ask much more for the first day.”

Other notables: Scott Dixon was third at 224.047 mph, and Fernando Alonso was fifth at 223.238.

The rest of the top 10 were: Josef Newgarden (223.188), Jack Harvey (223.178), Alex Palou (223.128), Conor Daly (223.020) and Helio Castroneves (222.929).

There were no incidents during the six and a half hour session, which included the Rookie Orientation Program.

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