Sebastian Bourdais sits 17th in points after finishing 15th in the latest race at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo: Michael Chang/Getty Images)

sits 17th in points after finishing 15th in the latest race at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo: Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Four-time Champ Car World Series champion and former F1 driver Sebastian Bourdais was quickest in opening practice at the newly configured Indianapolis road course Thursday morning.

“We had a good test on the new road course last Wednesday,” said Bourdais, “I have to say I had some reservations early on because the corners (of the new racetrack) are very tight, but the grip more than makes up for it.”

“The new asphalt that was laid down is very, very grippy and actually a lot of fun,” added Bourdais. “It’s a challenging racetrack. You have to commit to it and the grip level, so you can challenge yourself in the car.”

Second practice will commence Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. The will take place this weekend on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Practice 1 Results:

  1. Sebastian Bourdais, 1:10.5150
  2. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 1:10.9053
  3. Simon Pagenaud, 1:11.0045 
  4. Josef Newgarden, 1:11.0188
  5. Scott Dixon, 1:11.0454 
  6. Mikhali Aleshin, 01:11.1011
  7. James Hinchcliffe, 1:11.1365 
  8. Ryan Briscoe, 1:11.1932
  9. Carlos Munoz, 1:11.1973
  10. Jack Hawksworth, 1:11.2059
  11. Will Power, 1:11.2115
  12. Sebastian Saavedra, 1:11.2681
  13. Helio Castroneves, 1:11.3530
  14. Justin Wilson, 1:11.3875
  15. Marco Andretti, 1:11.4210
  16. Carlos Huertas, 1:11.4225
  17. Juan-Pablo Montoya, 1:11.5309
  18. Oriol Servia, 1:11.5606
  19. Graham Rahal, 1:11.6178
  20. Tony Kanaan, 1:11.6328
  21. Franck Montagny, 1:11.6620
  22. Martin Plowman, 1:11.6926
  23. Charlie Kimball, 1:11.6952
  24. Takuma Sato, 1:11.9870
  25. Mike Conway, 1:12.0910
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