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Defending Winner Will Power Leads 1st Indianapolis 500 Practice

The defending Indianapolis 500 winner put his No. 12 on top of the podium to kick off the week at Indianapolis. Will Power turned a 229.745 mph lap around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the fastest by a driver during Tuesday’s first practice. Power’s teammate and IndyCar Grand Prix winner Simon Pagenaud turned the second fastest lap during the session.

Last year’s pole-sitter Ed Carpenter finished the session in third (228.653 mph), three-time winner Helio Castroneves (228.441 mph) finished fourth, and rookie Colton Herta (228.284 mph) rounded out the top five on speeds.

The remainder of the top 10 consisted of Sebastien Bourdais (228.242 mph) in sixth followed by Zach Veach (228.133 mph), Alexander Rossi (228.061 mph), Marco Andretti (228.000 mph) and Ed Jones (227.966 mph).

Some notables finished outside the top 10 in the first practice session with former winners Ryan Hunter-Reay in 12th, Scott Dixon in 13th and Takuma Sato in 14th. Josef Newgarden, the current NTT Data IndyCar Series points leader finished 17th.

Fernando Alonso finished the session in 32nd.

Indianapolis 500 First Practice Results

All 36 drivers entered in next Sunday’s race turned at least one lap during the session. Spencer Pigot ran the most with 128, finishing the session 11th. Meanwhile, Kyle Kaiser turned the least amount at just 10 laps. Power, the fastest driver of the session, race 68 laps during the session with his fastest coming on lap 41.

There were a total of 39 cars on the results page with James Hinchcliffe getting a feel in his teammate and affiliated teammates cars during the session. Hinchcliffe turned 99 laps in his own car along with six in Oriol Servia’s and five laps apiece in both Jack Harvey’s and Marcus Ericsson’s giving him a total of 115 laps on the track.

Second practice for the Indianapolis 500 is slated to begin at 11 a.m. and will run until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Christian Koelle returns to Frontstretch in 2020 as the photo editor at Frontstretch. He will continue to contribute content in the ARCA Menards Series, Sioux Chief Challenge, and ARCA East & West Series. He is also engaged and will be getting married during the 2020 NASCAR off-season. His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway. During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.