Marco leads Andretti Autosport chain on opening day of Indy 500 practice

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter

Andretti Autosport and Honda swept the top fourpositions during opening practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penngrade Motor Oil

The leader of the pack was Marco Andretti, who clocked a lap with an average speed of 228.978 mph. His lap was just a tick faster than Carlos Munoz, who timed in at 228.945 mph while 2014 Indy 500 champ Ryan Hunter-Reay followed behind in third place. Alexander Rossi was the quickest rookie of the day while Indy-only starter Townsend Bell had the sixth quickest time

“It was definitely a good start,” said Andretti. “I think our team in particular looks pretty stout because we looked at the weather, we moved things forward on the test. I think we are really going to see where things shake out in the next few days. I know how this month goes, it’s a roller coaster but we’re prepared for that.”

Scott Dixon jumped up to fifth place in the waning moments of practice while teammate Charlie Kimball was seventh quick on the day. Graham Rahal slotted in seventh while Will Power was the fastest Team Penske entry in ninth place while Bryan Clauson shined in his Indy-only effort with Dale Coyne Racing.

Stefan Wilson and Matthew Brabham also successfully completed their rookie orientation programs over the course of the four hour long session. 1996 Indy 500 champ Buddy Lazier also turned a small handful of laps today, but did not complete his refresher test.

All 33 cars turned a lap today.

Speeds from day 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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