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Power Tops First Practice Of INDYCAR Grand Prix

Will Power continues to top the charts on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Will Power continues to top the charts on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Speedway, IN – Defending race champion Will Power picked up right where he left off last year by setting the quickest lap in the opening practice session of the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix.

Power moved to the top late in the session, setting his fast lap in his final run around the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Team Penske Chevrolet driver’s lap of 1 minute 10.0866 seconds bested the Honda of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi who turned a quick lap of 1 minute 10.1198 seconds.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s rookie Jordan King put his #20 Chevrolet at the top of the scoring pylon during the middle of the session and ended up third overall. Sebastien Bourdais, Takuma Sato and Verizon IndyCar Series point leader Josef Newgarden rounded out the fast six.

Former two-time winner of the INDYCAR Grand Prix, Simon Pagenaud, struggled in his Team Penske ride and posted the 18th quickest lap.

Helio Castroneves, returning to the series for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500, posted the tenth quickest lap.

The second practice session for the INDYCAR Grand Prix is scheduled for 12:30pm eastern and Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying is scheduled for 4:30pm eastern.

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A motorsports fan from his earliest memories, John started going to local short tracks and the Milwaukee Mile with his parents, brother and sister. John enjoys drivers racing side by side and battling for the same piece of real estate on the racetrack as much as he appreciates the technical aspects of the sport.