Scott Dixon was the fastest driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ first practice session at the Honda Indy Toronto.
The New Zealander put his #9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda at the top of the timing charts with a fastest lap of 1:00.74 seconds.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal, in his #15 Rousseau Honda, was .1911 seconds behind Dixon in second place.
Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, who has been strong on all previous street courses this season, rounded out the session’s top three, with a lap time of 1:00.9786.
The first free practice was rather uneventful, except for when Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King made contact with the tyre barrier, bringing out the session’s only red flag.
The three Canadian drivers in the field this weekend were left wanting more from their cars. Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s Robert Wickens finished the session in 11th place, with a time of 1:01.34, while his teammate James Hinchcliffe finished with a lap time of 1:02.0006 for 19th fastest.
Montreal native Zachary Claman DeMelo, who is driving his last scheduled race for Dale Coyne Racing, put his #19 Paysafe Honda 20th overall, with a lap time of 1:02.1755.
Up next for the Verizon IndyCar Series is a second practice session Friday afternoon, ahead of qualifying Saturday.