Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay turned the best lap on Friday morning in the first practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Hunter-Reay posted a last flying lap of 1:08.8470s (120.267mph) on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, just 0.0866s faster than the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing #28 in the hands of Josef Newgarden.

The highest-placed Chevrolet car was the Penske #3 driven by Helio Castroneves which was in third place in the final timesheets when the chequered flag went out. His team mate Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth fastest, but otherwise five of the top seven were from the Honda stable with Andretti Autosport also able to boast Marco Andretti in fourth and James Hinchcliffe in sixth.

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Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson posted the seventh fastest time of the 45-minute morning session, just ahead of KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais, who was responsible for one of the three red flags during the session when he went off into the gravel at turn 8 shortly after the halfway point.

Graham Rahal had been responsible for a brief stoppage with a harmless spin a few minutes earlier, while the final red flag of the morning came courtesy of Scott Dixon when the #9 Ganassi car came to a stop out on the track with an apparent mechanical problem. Dixon was retrieved and returned to pit lane, but had been unable to set a flying lap time during the session - hardly the start he would have wanted for his race weekend.

Also looking slightly off-colour was the third Penske driver, championship leader Will Power, who was only able to post the 12th fastest time, almost two thirds of a second off the pace set by Hunter-Reay and Newgarden.

In total, 15 of the 23 cars were able to post times within a second of the leaders, with Bryan Herta Autosport's rookie driver Jack Hawksworth the first driver outside that margin as he found Barber Motorsports Park a somewhat trickier place to dial himself into than he had at Long Beach where he had impressed with his speed throughout the weekend.

Mike Conway, Hawksworth compatriot and the winner of the race in Long Beach, was 11th fastest for Ed Carpenter Racing in the first practice this weekend.

Full Friday morning practice 1 results