Montoya tops opening practice at Long Beach

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter & NASCAR Contributor

Juan Pablo Montoya was the quickest man in opening practice for the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Colombian logged a lap of 01:08.1290 that was just .2424s quicker than teammate Will Power.

The AJ Foyt Racing cars of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato both found their way into the top five with the Britton logging a lap of 1:18.4839s. Josef Newgarden split the two Foyt cars with the fourth quickest time and was followed by Sato.

Practice was slowed twice, first by Alexander Rossi stuffing it into the tire barriers in turn 8 due to a cut tire.

The second red flag ended the session as Charlie Kimball slid off the track in turn 9 when his brakes failed. After coming to a stop, the front tires caught on fire and it was several minutes before the safety crews were able to put the fires out. Kimball returned to the pits once the the flames were put out.

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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 along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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