Palou with a breath on Ilott

The IndyCar Series is packing its bags for a few weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the first free practice session of the GMR Grand Prix, Alex Palou set the fastest time with a breath over Callum Ilott.

The month of May in the IndyCar Series is dedicated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is this week the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, before we switch to the fortnight dedicated to the Indy 500.

GMR Grand Prix, EL1: Palou ahead

Alex Palou finished top of the Free Practice 1 session this morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dethroning young star Callum Ilott who was at the top of the timesheets until the last minutes when the Ganassi driver dislodged him .

Championship leader Palou’s fastest lap was 1’10″4555 at the wheel of the #10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, after the track reopened for a 90-second race, following a a red flag for Helio Castroneves’ #06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda, which stalled at the pit entrance.

Impressive rookie Ilott was second in 1’10″4593 in the #77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet. Three-time GMR Grand Prix winner Will Power was third in 1’10″5277 in the #12 Chevrolet of the Verizon Penske team. Graham Rahal was fourth in 1’10.6125 in the #15 Fifth Third Bank Honda, while Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top five in 1’10.7108 in the #7 Chevrolet Vuse Arrow McLaren SP.

Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon started his session with a bit of anxiety when smoke billowed from his #9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in the pits. But the Ganassi team discovered that the smoke was only created by a burning resin or coating in the engine exhaust pipes, and Dixon continued the session without incident.

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