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IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis

IndyCar GP Indy: Ericsson tops warm-up, start time brought forward

Marcus Ericsson’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda set fastest time in raceday warm-up for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, while IndyCar announced a revised start time to avoid forecast thunderstorms.

Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Ericsson lapped the 2.439-mile 14-turn in 71.0839sec, an average speed of 123.522, while Callum Ilott put Juncos Hollinger-Chevrolet in the spotlight again with an eye-catching second-fastest time. He will roll off seventh on the grid this afternoon.

No drivers touched their alternate tires in a morning session held in 81degF ambient temperatures with a track temp of 107degF. Although drivers are expecting severe tire degradation across the three-stop/four-stint race, the Firestone alternate tires are some 1sec per lap faster, so teams will want to spend as many laps as possible on these red sidewalled tires to minimize time loss.

Felix Rosenqvist’s strong weekend continued with third fastest time ahead of Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport-Honda and two of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda drivers, Jack Harvey and Graham Rahal.

Although polesitter Will Power was only ninth fastest, he set the fastest average across 10 laps.

He will lead the field to the green flag at 3.07pm local (Eastern), 38 minutes earlier than originally intended, as IndyCar seeks to avoid or minimize the effect of the storms expected to hit the area this afternoon, while also remaining in the NBC TV window.

The second Indy Lights race of the weekend has therefore also been brought forward, to 1.05pm local time.

P

Name

FTime

Diff

Laps

FSpeed

Engine

Team

1

Marcus Ericsson

1:11.0839

 

19

123.522

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

2

Callum Ilott

1:11.1970

0.1131

17

123.325

Chevy

Juncos Hollinger Racing

3

Felix Rosenqvist

1:11.2391

0.1552

22

123.253

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

4

Colton Herta

1:11.2552

0.1713

19

123.225

Honda

Andretti Autosport

5

Jack Harvey

1:11.2630

0.1791

20

123.211

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

6

Graham Rahal

1:11.2646

0.1807

19

123.208

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

7

Josef Newgarden

1:11.3181

0.2342

19

123.116

Chevy

Team Penske

8

Alex Palou

1:11.4134

0.3295

20

122.952

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

9

Will Power

1:11.4339

0.3500

20

122.916

Chevy

Team Penske

10

Christian Lundgaard

1:11.4345

0.3506

20

122.915

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

11

Scott Dixon

1:11.5390

0.4551

20

122.736

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

12

Rinus VeeKay

1:11.6531

0.5692

22

122.540

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Racing

13

Pato O'Ward

1:11.7644

0.6805

20

122.350

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

14

David Malukas

1:11.7778

0.6939

16

122.328

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD

15

Alexander Rossi

1:11.7789

0.6950

17

122.326

Honda

Andretti Autosport

16

Simon Pagenaud

1:11.7839

0.7000

18

122.317

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

17

Scott McLaughlin

1:11.8086

0.7247

21

122.275

Chevy

Team Penske

18

Jimmie Johnson

1:11.8732

0.7893

22

122.165

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

19

Devlin DeFrancesco

1:11.9935

0.9096

19

121.961

Honda

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

20

Conor Daly

1:12.0796

0.9957

20

121.815

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Racing

21

Takuma Sato

1:12.1549

1.0710

22

121.688

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR

22

Kyle Kirkwood

1:12.1971

1.1132

17

121.617

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

23

Juan Pablo Montoya

1:12.2614

1.1775

16

121.509

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

24

Helio Castroneves

1:12.2783

1.1944

17

121.480

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

25

Romain Grosjean

1:12.3157

1.2318

20

121.418

Honda

Andretti Autosport

26

Dalton Kellett

1:12.5358

1.4519

20

121.049

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

27

Tatiana Calderon

1:12.7262

1.6423

16

120.732

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

 

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