Tony Kanaan made the most of his NTT IndyCar Series return by leading the lone practice session for tonight’s Genesys 300 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
The 46-year-old Brazilian was the only competitor to crest the 220 mph barrier in the 1.5 hour session with a hot lap of 220.173 mph in his No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He will roll off 23rd in tonight’s 212 lap event due to the field being set by entrant points.
Overnight rains soaked the high-banked 1.5-mile oval and track drying continued into the afternoon. IndyCar officials moved practice to start at 2:30 pm local time and cancelled qualifying. The green flag has been moved up 30 minutes to 6:10 pm local time.
Pato O’Ward claimed the second quickest time at 219.934 mph in his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevy.
Takuma Sato landed in third at 219.868 mph ahead of Kanaan’s 4-time Texas winning teammate Scott Dixon in fourth at 219.723 mph.
Simon Pagenaud was the quickest of the Team Penske squad in fifth at 219.708 mph.
Marcus Ericcson secured three Ganassi entries in the top ten with the sixth quickest lap while the final member of the Ganasssi quartet Alex Palou ended up 11th quickest. Palou will lead the field to the green flag by virtue of leading the series points two races in.
Joining him on the front row will be two-time Texas winner Will Power followed by Dixon, St. Pete winner Colton Herta in fourth and Pagenaud in fifth.
Tomorrow’s starting order for the Xpel 375 will also be determined by points after tonight’s race.