Paul Tracy set the pace Saturday morning during a treacherous practice session at the Honda Indy Toronto.

The local favourite had the best showing on the 1.755-mile temporary street course at Exhibition Stadium, crossing the line in a best-lap time of one minute 15.5345 seconds. He averaged 83.644 m.p.h. during his lap.

Danica Patrick was second-fastest in 1:16.0191, while Mario Moraes was third in 1:16.1242. Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., finished eighth in 1:19.0475.


Steady rain and lightning delayed the morning practice for more than an hour — and it didn’t take long for the slick track to claim its first victim when practice resumed. Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan lost control around a corner on his first practice lap and smashed into the wall, crumpling the back end of his car.

He was helped from the wreck but appeared to be OK.

Immediately after the caution was lifted, Ryan Hunter-Reay spun into a tire wall, while Marco Andretti skidded out and ended up backwards next to the barrier. Moments later, Ed Carpenter ended up in a similar position, brushing up against the barrier.

Even Tracy had some difficulty late in the session, spinning sideways and winding up in the middle of the track.

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