Simon Pagenaud won the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He finished 12th place in the latest IndyCar Series outing in the Indianapolis 500. (Photo: F. Peirce Williams/LAT Photographic)

navigates the streets of . He finished 12th place in the latest Series outing in the Indianapolis 500. (Photo: F. Peirce Williams/LAT Photographic)

Pagenaud’s strong start to the season continued Friday at Belle Isle Park where the Frenchman topped the timing sheets in Friday practice with a 1:17.6502.

Pagenaud, who won one of the two races held in 2013′s double-feature at Belle Isle, led Mike Conway, who won the other, by less than a tenth of a second once the checkered flag flew Friday afternoon.

Pagenaud is currently having his best start to an IndyCar season on record, placing in the top five in four out of the opening five races. He currently sits fourth in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series standings, 63 points back of points leader and 2014 Indy 500 winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Hunter-Reay was no slouch either, putting his name at the top of the scoring pylons after the opening practice session. Qualifying and Race 1 will take place on Saturday with the second Race at Belle Isle Park taking place on Sunday.

Practice 2 results:

  1. Simon Pagenaud: 1:17.6502
  2. Mike Conway: 1:17.7149
  3. Helio Castroneves: 1:17.7171
  4. Will Power: 1:17.8966
  5. Ryan Hunter-Reay: 1:18.1674
  6. Scott Dixon: 1:18.2490
  7. Takuma Sato: 1:18.3006
  8. James Hinchcliffe: 1:18.3223
  9. Ryan Briscoe: 1:18.4500
  10. Graham Rahal: 1:18.6137
  11. Tony Kanaan: 1:18.6294
  12. Carlos Munoz: 1:18.6299
  13. Sebastian Saavedra: 1:18.6468
  14. Josef Newgarden: 1:18.7344
  15. Marco Andretti: 1:19.0057
  16. Justin Wilson: 1:19.0925
  17. Jack Hawksworth: 1:19.1898
  18. Carlos Huertas: 1:19.3857
  19. Juan Pablo Montoya: 1:19.5345
  20. Charlie Kimball: 1:19.5957
  21. Sebastien Bourdais: 1:19.6048
  22. Mikhali Aleshin: 1:19.6560

Practice 1 results:

  1. Ryan Hunter-Reay: 1:18.8595
  2. Justin Wilson: 1:18.8816
  3. Helio Castroneves: 1:18.8977
  4. Simon Pagenaud: 1:19.1652
  5. Tony Kanaan: 1:19.2083
  6. Mike Conway: 1:19.2453
  7. Ryan Briscoe: 1:19.3029
  8. James Hinchcliffe: 1:19.3325
  9. Graham Rahal: 1:19.4933
  10. Charlie Kimball: 1:19.7035
  11. Marco Andretti: 1:19.7299
  12. Sebastian Saavedra: 1:19.7931
  13. Jack Hawksworth: 1:19.8421
  14. Scott Dixon: 1:19.8807
  15. Carlos Munoz: 1:20.0602
  16. Takuma Sato: 1:20.1145
  17. Will Power: 1:20.1190
  18. Mikhail Aleshin: 1:20.1811
  19. Josef Newgarden: 1:20.2621
  20. Sebastien Bourdais: 1:20.4368
  21. Carlos Huertas: 1:20.7621
  22. Juan Pablo Montoya: 1:20.9527
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