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Bourdais Tops First Practice for Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

The track record is in plain sight through the first of two practice sessions today totaling 3 hours, 40 minutes for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Team Mistic E-Cigs – KVSH Racing Chevrolet, recorded a quick lap of 1 minute, 10.9378 seconds on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course on “Free Thursday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske, was second quick (1:11.0351) and Scott Dixon was third (1:11.0450) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Simon Pagenaud set the track record of 1:09.6716 in the first segment of knockout qualifications last May. Sebastian Saavedra, who was fourth quick in the first practice (1:11.1123) in the No. 8 AFS Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, earned the Verizon P1 Award for the 82-lap race in the Firestone Fast Six with a lap of 1:23.8822 in wet/drying track conditions.

Pagenaud was fifth in the practice (1:11.1337) in the No. 22 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet. Takuma Sato, sixth in the No. 14 ABC Suply AJ Foyt Racing entry, was the quickest Honda (1:11.1413).

Bourdais posted his quickest lap on No. 10 of his field-high 47 laps in the two-hour practice. Power moved to second with 6:20 left in the session.

A 45-minute practice at 11 a.m. (ET) May 8 will determine the qualifying groups for the first of three segments of knockout qualifications (3 p.m.). All the sessions are streamed live on RaceControl.indycar.com, supplemented by live Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast.

Nos. 10 and 25 cars stand out

Justin Wilson with Digital SystemThe LED display real-time car positioning panels that were tested in mid-March at Barber Motorsports Park are being tested again in the practice sessions today on the Nos. 10 (Tony Kanaan) and 25 (Justin Wilson) cars.

The 8-inch-wide by 7-inch-tall panels, which are only 3 millimeters thick, will be attached to either side of the airbox (below the cockpit camera mount) on each entry. INDYCAR is seeking to implement the panels beginning with Indianapolis 500 practice on May 15, pending successful testing of the technology and delivery of components for all entries.

The minimum car weights will be adjusted for the addition of the panels: road/street and short oval events will be 1,604 pounds and 1,574 pounds for superspeedway events.

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