Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay set the fastest time in the first official IndyCar practice session of the season in St. Petersburg. The Andretti Autosport driver jumped to the top with his last lap, a 1m04.1437sec that placed him 0.0388sec ahead of 2010 championship runner-up Will Power's Penske entry.
Mike Conway made it two Andretti cars in the top three with his late leap to third, as the Briton builds toward his first race back following his horrific crash in last year's Indianapolis 500.
Longtime pacesetter Scott Dixon was fourth in the end, with his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and reigning champion Dario Franchitti sixth between Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves.
EJ Viso was the quickest KV driver in eighth – but also had the morning's only incident, when he crashed on the exit of Turn 3 in the final moment. KV's last-minute recruit Tony Kanaan quickly settled into his new surroundings with 12th place, just behind teammate Takuma Sato.
Andretti's Marco Andretti and Dreyer & Reinbold's Justin Wilson – who led the times for a while – filled the final top-10 positions. Sebastien Bourdais (ABOVE) was back in 20th in the Dale Coyne car.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m04.1437s
2. Will Power Penske 1m04.1825s + 0.0388s
3. Mike Conway Andretti 1m04.2228s + 0.0791s
4. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m04.3184s + 0.1747s
5. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m04.3525s + 0.2088s
6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m04.3643s + 0.2206s
7. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m04.4215s + 0.2778s
8. EJ Viso KV 1m04.5397s + 0.3960s
9. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m04.6672s + 0.5235s
10. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m04.7114s + 0.5677s
11. Takuma Sato KV 1m04.7668s + 0.6231s
12. Tony Kanaan KV 1m04.8591s + 0.7154s
13. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m04.9504s + 0.8067s
14. Alex Tagliani Schmidt 1m04.9827s + 0.8390s
15. Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m04.9983s + 0.8546s
16. Raphael Matos AFS 1m05.1760s + 1.0323s
17. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 1m05.2207s + 1.0770s
18. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m05.2705s + 1.1268s
19. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m05.4240s + 1.2803s
20. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m05.5265s + 1.3828s
21. James Jakes Dale Coyne 1m05.9182s + 1.7745s
22. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m05.9305s + 1.7868s
23. JR Hildebrand Panther 1m05.9704s + 1.8267s
24. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m07.2488s + 3.1051s
25. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m07.5267s + 3.3830s