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2014 Detroit: IndyCar Friday Practice Results - Pagenaud Fastest!
Posted by: ASkyler on May 30, 2014 - 06:05 PM
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2014 Detroit: IndyCar Friday Practice Results - Pagenaud Fastest!



Simon Pagenaud and his No. 77 IndyCar was fastest on Friday during practice at Belle Isle.

Simon Pagenaud and his No. 77 IndyCar was fastest on Friday during practice at Belle Isle.
Credit: PaddockTalk / Lisa Hurley



A year after splitting wins in the inaugural Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, Simon Pagenaud and Mike Conway topped the opening day of preparations for the 2014 event.

Pagenaud and Conway were 1-2 in the 45-minute afternoon practice session to top the day's two sessions. The three rounds of qualifications, including the Firestone Fast Six to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner, for Race 1 take place at 8:30 a.m. (ET), May 31. ABC will televise both 70-lap races (3:30 p.m. ET, May 31 and June 1).

Pagenaud set the bar high in the second 45-minute practice session for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans with a lap of 1 minute, 17.6502 seconds on the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit.

Pagenaud, who earned his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series victory in Race 2 of the 2013 doubleheader on Belle Isle, was less than two-tenths of a second off the circuit record in its current configuration set by Conway in Race 2 last June.

Conway, who won Race 1 and was the Verizon P1 Award winner for Race 2, was .0647 of a second behind Pagenaud in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car for Ed Carpenter Racing.

"I think it's becoming an interesting track in terms of racing, not just qualifying, but there's some good places for passing -- Turn 3, Turn 7," said Pagenaud, who won May 10 at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports car. "It's breathtaking after being two weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You really get your hands full. It's certainly hard work. You just push yourself as hard as you can and try to do a good lap."

Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, runner-up in the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, and Will Power also recorded laps under 1:18 in the practice, while Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth with a best lap of 1:18.1674. The newly-crowned 500 Mile Race champion was quickest in the opening session.

"We had a great first session and in the second session we only used one set of tires, so we've got some tires in the back pocket for the rest of the weekend," said Hunter-Reay, who arrived in Detroit on May 28 after a whirlwind Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour. "I think we've got a pretty good car for qualifying; we'll see how it goes on session at a time."

 

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2014 Belle Isle: IndyCar Friday Practice Results
Rank Car Driver C/E/T Session Time Speed Total Laps
1 77 Pagenaud Simon D/H/F Practice 2 01:17.6502 108.950 30
2 20 Conway Mike D/C/F Practice 2 01:17.7149 108.859 39
3 3 Castroneves Helio D/C/F Practice 2 01:17.7171 108.856 35
4 12 Power Will D/C/F Practice 2 01:17.8966 108.606 32
5 28 Hunter-Reay Ryan D/H/F Practice 2 01:18.1674 108.229 26
6 9 Dixon Scott D/C/F Practice 2 01:18.2490 108.116 33
7 14 Sato Takuma D/H/F Practice 2 01:18.3006 108.045 33
8 27 Hinchcliffe James D/H/F Practice 2 01:18.3223 108.015 28
9 8 Briscoe Ryan D/C/F Practice 2 01:18.4500 107.839 37
10 15 Rahal Graham D/H/F Practice 2 01:18.6137 107.615 28
11 10 Kanaan Tony D/C/F Practice 2 01:18.6294 107.593 39
12 34 Munoz Carlos (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:18.6299 107.593 33
13 17 Saavedra Sebastian D/C/F Practice 2 01:18.6468 107.570 31
14 67 Newgarden Josef D/H/F Practice 2 01:18.7344 107.450 33
15 19 Wilson Justin D/H/F Practice 1 01:18.8816 107.249 29
16 25 Andretti Marco D/H/F Practice 2 01:19.0057 107.081 24
17 98 Hawksworth Jack (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:19.1898 106.832 33
18 18 Huertas Carlos (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:19.3857 106.568 32
19 2 Montoya Juan Pablo D/C/F Practice 2 01:19.5345 106.369 27
20 83 Kimball Charlie D/C/F Practice 2 01:19.5957 106.287 30
21 11 Bourdais Sebastien D/C/F Practice 2 01:19.6048 106.275 36
22 7 Aleshin Mikhail (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:19.6560 106.207 35

Total Laps for Combined Sessions: 703



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