Ryan Hunter-Reay kicked off the weekend right with the top time in Saturday morning’s practice session at Pocono Raceway for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Ripping around the 2.5-mile track in 41.045 seconds (219.268 mph), Hunter-Reay bested Simon Pagenaud by 0.010 seconds to win the session.
For Hunter-Reay, the 2012 champion approaches his two-year anniversary of his last IndyCar win, which came at Pocono in 2015.
Not all had a good session, however, as Ed Jones spun his No. 19 Honda off Turn 2, suffering small damage to the front wing.
Ed Carpenter suffered the day’s hardest shunt, slapping his No. 20 car into the Turn 3 wall. The day followed a pattern of chaotic practice sessions at Pocono Raceway.
Gabby Chaves completed the top 10 in 10th, running for Harding Racing for only the third time.
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