Team Penske fast in opening practice for MavTV 500

Team Penske has laid down the law at the track he built during opening practice for Saturday’s MavTV 500.

Will Power set the fastest lap of the day at 32.5955 (220.889 mph), the only car the cross the 220 mph margin and sets the fastest lap turned at Auto Club Speedway since 2003. Teammates AJ Allmendinger and Helio Castroneves were 4th and 5th respectively making it 3 out of the top 5 occupied by Team Penske cars.

Chevrolet is currently the manufacturer to beat with 8 out of the top ten cars sporting the Bowtie.The fastest Honda was championship points leader Scott Dixon in 6th.

The Chevrolets have been fast on the 2 previous superspeedways (Indianapolis and Pocono) and were the car to beat at Indianapolis and Pocono they had the pace during the race but the Hondas had the advantage in the fuel milage department which can may dividends in a longer race.

Practice was interrupted 4 times: two for accidents, two for mechanical issues. Pippa Mann lost it in turn 1 and smacked the wall and Takuma Sato lost it and smacked the turn 4 wall hard. Both drivers walked away unhurt.

Sebastian Bourdais suffered from a fuel pickup issue and Josef Newgarden stalled on track, both cars were able to resume the session once they were towed back in.

Practice Results

  1. Will Power 220.889
  2. Tony Kanaan 219.797
  3. James Hinchcliffe 219.479
  4. AJ Allmendinger 219.045
  5. Helio Castroneves 218.601
  6. Scott Dixon 218.465
  7. Marco Andretti 218.483
  8. Oriol Servia 218.426
  9. James Jakes 217.931
  10. Ryan Hunter-Reay 217.786
  11. Justin Wilson 217.623
  12. Alex Tagliani 217.496
  13. Josef Newgarden 217.335
  14. Takuma Sato 217.176
  15. Simon Pagenaud 217.079
  16. Sebastien Bourdais 216.749
  17. Charlie Kimball 216.402
  18. Simona de Silvestro 215.905
  19. Tristan Vautier 215.875
  20. Ed Carpenter 215.867
  21. Graham Rahal 215.859
  22. Pippa Mann 215.318
  23. JR Hildebrand 215.204
  24. Carlos Munoz 214.854
  25. Sebastian Saavedra 214.225
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