Dixon Fastest in Opening Toronto Practice

Scott Dixon practices for 2018 Toronto IndyCar race
Scott Dixon led a Honda 1-6 atop the Practice 1 timesheet for the 2018 Honda Indy Toronto. | Photo: Andy Clary / Spacesuit Media

Current Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon led the way on the streets of Toronto with the fastest lap in the first session of the last street race weekend of 2018.

Dixon’s quickest lap of the 1.786-mile circuit at 1:00.7474 put him and the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda 0.1911 seconds clear of Graham Rahal who reached the second position at the conclusion of the 45-minute outing.

Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais joined fellow Honda pilots Dixon and Rahal in the top six. Will Power was the top Chevrolet driver in seventh, 0.4121 seconds back from Dixon’s chart-topping pace.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Jones added two more Hondas to the top 10 with the eighth- and 10th-fastest laps, split by AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus Leist who placed ninth in his first laps in an Indy car around the tight circuit.

The trio of Canadian drivers in the field was led by rookie Robert Wickens in 11th who ended Practice 1 a mere 0.0221 seconds behind Jones in 11th. Wickens’ Schmidt Peterson Motorsports stablemate James Hinchcliffe was 18th, 1.2552 seconds slower than Dixon on their respective fastest laps. Dale Coyne Racing driver Zachary Claman De Melo was one position and 0.1729 seconds behind Hinchcliffe.

Conor Daly landed 20th in his first session with Harding Racing — one spot better than Ed Carpenter Racing rookie Jordan King who brought out the lone red flag when he stopped the No. 20 Chevrolet alongside the Turn 6 tire barrier.

Rene Binder was 23rd to round out the 23-car field with a best lap 1.7298 seconds in arrears of Dixon.

A second 45-minute practice outing, scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT, will complete Friday’s action for IndyCar around Exhibition Place.

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