Power, Castroneves finish 1-2 at Belle Isle practice

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Paul Morris leads a group of trucks off the ramp between turns eight and nine on Friday during the first race of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series on Belle Isle in Detroit.

Detroit — The IndyCar drivers took the track on Belle Isle’s 13-turn, 2.3 mile track Friday morning for a 75-minute practice session to prepare for qualifying later in the day.

And, Team Penske drivers Will Power and Helio Castroneves finished 1-2 with defending series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing third, followed by points leader Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske and James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Qualifying for Race No. 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix — the first 70-mile race which will be run Saturday at 3:30 p.m. — will take place this afternoon.

Alexander Rossi, the 24-year-old Indianapolis 500 winner who was making his first visit to Belle Isle, was 19th fastest in the 22-car field.

At the midway point of practice, the No. 7 Honda of Mikhail Aleshin of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports spun, but just missed the tire barrier.

After an hour, practice was red-flagged for debris when the grommet surfaced from between the concrete slabs.

And, when practice resumed Aleshin wasn’t as fortunate as his first spin when he crashed into the tire barrier during the final 10 minutes of the session, causing damage to his car.

“I was pushing the car hard and got into the tire barrier,” said Aleshin, who was 12th fastest in practice, running 20 laps.


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