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Sébastien Bourdais Paces Opening Barber Practice

In his first practice session with new sponsor Europa gracing his Chevrolet, Sébastien Bourdais led the way in the 75-minute opening practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park.

The KVSH Racing driver’s 1:07.3399 stood atop the charts at the end of the session as teams prepare for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The lap may be attributed to his team’s decision to test new LED wheel covers, which way slightly more than typical covers.

Behind Bourdais, a surprising session from Honda saw the manufacturer takes positions two through seven. Jack Hawksworth led the way for the group, followed by Carlos Muñoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato, James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal.

The session was one to forget for defending Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty kept the veteran on pit road for the final two minutes of the session. Montoya would end the practice in 12th.

Tony Kanaan ended the session last, among the 21 participants, a victim of electrical issues that ended his session early.

Results

1. Sébastien Bourdais 1:07.3399
2. Jack Hawkswort -.1263
3. Carlos Muñoz -.2739
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay -.3171
5. Takuma Sato -.3785
6. James Hinchcliffe -.3846
7. Graham Rahal -.4430
8. Simon Pagenaud -.4439
9. Luca Filippi -. I4564
10. Scott Dixon -.5059
11. Mikhail Aleshin -.5228
12. Juan Pablo Montoya -.629
13. Josef Newgarden -.6477
14. Marco Andretti -.6549
15. Will Power -.6843
16. Conor Daly -.8013
17. Helio Castroneves -.8686
18. Charlie Kimball -.9930
19. Max Chilton -.9963
20. Alexander Rossi -.1.1841
21. Tony Kanaan -20.6952

About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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