Belle Isle track record in jeopardy as seven eclipse standard in practice

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DETROIT – A 75-minute session to find their bearings on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park may not have seemed enough, but Verizon IndyCar Series teams had little trouble finding their rhythm in the opening practice for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.

No fewer than seven drivers posted laps this morning under the official track record set by Will Power in 2015 Firestone Fast Six qualifying. While practice times are unofficial, Power was again quickest today with a lap of 1 minute, 15.0197 seconds (112.770 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet that was more than a full second better than his record from a year ago. Official records may only be set in qualifying or the race.

“I think the aero kits for this year is the reason why the cars are faster here," said Power, whose official lap record is 1:16.0941 (111.178 mph). "They give us more downforce in the corners. My car is good, pretty easy to drive. I think we’re there with the right setup. We’ll see what happens in qualifying today, but overall the car feels good.”

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Three-time Belle Isle race winner Helio Castroneves was second quick on the 2.35-mile temporary street circuit at 1:15.5797 (111.935 mph) in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Scott Dixon, in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, was third at 1:15.7543 (111.677 mph).

Also bettering the track record were championship leader Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevy, 1:15.9028), James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, 1:15.9408), Graham Rahal (No. 15 United Rentals Honda, 1:16.0294) and Sebastien Bourdais, winner of the second Dual in 2015 (No. 11 Team Hydroxycut - KVSH Racing Chevy, 1:16.0735).

It was a difficult session for the No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Honda of Mikhail Aleshin, who brought out two red flags in the session and was parked for the final 10 minutes of the sesson. The first incident was a spin at the exit of Turn 4. The second saw the Russian clip the tire barrier in Turn 7, sending debris across the racing surface. An additional red flag was thrown in the second half of the session for debris.

Verizon P1 Award knockout qualifying for Race 1 starts at 3:30 p.m. ET (available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com), culminating in the Firestone Fast Six to determine the pole winner. The first race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit will be Saturday and the second race Sunday. Both air at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:15.0197

112.770

--.----

--.----

17

21

2

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:15.5797

111.935

0.5600

0.5600

15

21

3

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:15.7543

111.677

0.7346

0.1746

15

23

4

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:15.9028

111.458

0.8831

0.1485

13

19

5

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

01:15.9408

111.403

0.9211

0.0380

17

25

6

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:16.0294

111.273

1.0097

0.0886

13

18

7

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:16.0735

111.208

1.0538

0.0441

14

21

8

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:16.1343

111.119

1.1146

0.0608

12

17

9

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:16.3246

110.842

1.3049

0.1903

22

23

10

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:16.3248

110.842

1.3051

0.0002

23

24

11

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:16.3391

110.821

1.3194

0.0143

20

21

12

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:16.3725

110.773

1.3528

0.0334

17

20

13

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:16.4587

110.648

1.4390

0.0862

13

20

14

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:16.7090

110.287

1.6893

0.2503

19

19

15

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:16.7150

110.278

1.6953

0.0060

10

20

16

18

Daly, Conor

D/H/H/F

01:16.8722

110.053

1.8525

0.1572

19

26

17

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:16.9541

109.936

1.9344

0.0819

14

20

18

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:16.9868

109.889

1.9671

0.0327

16

18

19

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:17.1425

109.667

2.1228

0.1557

27

27

20

19

Chaves, Gabby

D/H/H/F

01:17.4153

109.281

2.3956

0.2728

24

24

21

20

Pigot, Spencer (R)

D/C/C/F

01:17.8693

108.644

2.8496

0.4540

20

28

22

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:17.9372

108.549

2.9175

0.0679

28

28

(R) Rookie

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