Marco Andretti took the top spot on the timesheets in first practice for this Saturday's Milwaukee IndyFest late afternoon race at the Milwaukee Mile.

Andretti's best lap time for the first session was 21.9217s (166.684mph) and was 0.0183s ahead of his Andretti Autosport team mate Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending race champion. The pair were the only drivers to dip under the 22-second mark, although third-placed Josef Newgarden missed out by only six thousandths of a second in the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing #67.

There was a brief interruption when the third Andretti Autosport driver, James Hinchcliffe, made light contact with the SAFER barrier in turn one 36 minutes into the one hour session. The #27 car made it back to pit lane under its own power after the incident but ended up running only 17 laps in the session.

Just behind Hinchcliffe on the time sheets was Ana Beatriz, back in the #18 car for Dale Coyne Racing after having seen Mike Conway take the seat to winning effect in Detroit and then last weekend Pippa Mann being sidelined just two laps into the Firestone 550 at Texas with mechanical problems.

Also returning this weekend is Ryan Briscoe, who assumes control of the #4 Panther Racing car from Oriol Servia as the Australian doesn't have any Le Mans 24 Hours commitments this weekend.

Practice 1 times

1. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 166.684mph 21.9217s after 35 laps
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 166.545mph 21.9400s + 0.0183s after 35 laps
3. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 166.086mph 22.0006s + 0.0789s after 51 laps
4. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 165.637mph 22.0603s + 0.1386s after 56 laps
5. #12 Will Power (C) 165.626mph 22.0618s + 0.1401s after 58 laps
6. #5 EJ Viso (C) 165.378mph 22.0948s + 0.1731s after 37 laps
7. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 165.327mph 22.1017s + 0.1800s after 36 laps
8. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 165.170mph 22.1226s + 0.2009s after 33 laps
9. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 164.376mph 22.2295s + 0.3078s after 59 laps
10. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 164.351mph 22.2329s + 0.3112s after 17 laps
11. #18 Anna Beatriz (H) 164.242mph 22.2477s + 0.3260s after 73 laps
12. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 164.231mph 22.2492s + 0.3275s after 46 laps
13. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 164.164mph 22.2582s + 0.3365s after 36 laps
14. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 164.152mph 22.2598s + 0.3381s after 59 laps
15. #4 Ryan Briscoe (C) 163.767mph 22.3122s + 0.3905s after 56 laps
16. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 163.645mph 22.3288s + 0.4071s after 61 laps
17. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 163.562mph 22.3401s + 0.4184s after 36 laps
18. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 163.504mph 22.3481s + 0.4264s after 48 laps
19. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 163.315mph 22.3740s + 0.4523s after 53 laps
20. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 163.276mph 22.3793s + 0.4576s after 30 laps
21. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 163.223mph 22.3865s + 0.4648s after 22 laps
22. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 163.187mph 22.3915s + 0.4698s after 55 laps
23. #16 James Jakes (H) 162.701mph 22.4584s + 0.5367s after 48 laps
24. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 161.845mph 22.5771s + 0.6554s after 43 laps

Total Laps: 1083


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