Laguna Seca IndyCar: Newgarden leads Herta, Palou in practice

The first practice session of the weekend saw Team Penske-Chevrolet’s title hopeful Josef Newgarden lead 2019 Laguna Seca winner Colton Herta who went off at the end of the session.

Helio Castroneves of Meyer Shank Racing-Honda was another to venture off course, skidding into the gravel at the 180-deg Turn 2, bringing out red flag with 18mins to go. But in both his and Herta’s case, car damage appeared minimal.

Newgarden lapped the 2.238-mile course in 1min11.7125sec to shade Herta’s Andretti Autosport-Honda by a mere 0.0802sec on his fourth of 11 laps turned.

Championship leader Alex Palou was third fastest, comfortably clear of his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda teammates Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon.

Ed Jones was one of the stars of the session, lapping his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan-Honda fourth fastest, ahead of Alexander Rossi in a second Andretti car.

Another star was Oliver Askew who landed sixth fastest for Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, as he strives to stake a claim to the #45 car for 2022.

Jimmie Johnson was only 1.5sec off the pace at a track on which he’s tested twice before, ahead of Max Chilton (Carlin-Chevrolet), Dalton Kellett of AJ Foyt Racing, and Juncos-Hollinger’s Callum Ilott, who will be making his second IndyCar start this weekend.

 

P

No

Name

FTime

Diff

Gap

FL

Laps

LapTime

LPit

Led

ST

FSpeed

Elapsed

Engine

Tire

Points

Team

1

2

Josef Newgarden

1:11.7125

1:11.7125

0.000

4

11

1:13.2198

10

 

1

112.349

44:55.6708

Chevy

P

443

Team Penske

2

26

Colton Herta

1:11.7927

0.0802

0.0802

4

10

1:17.5541

9

 

17

112.223

43:25.6240

Honda

P

348

Andretti Autosport

3

10

Alex Palou

1:11.9750

0.2625

0.1823

4

14

3:31.4358

14

 

9

111.939

44:45.8049

Honda

P

477

Chip Ganassi Racing

4

18

Ed Jones

1:12.0166

0.3041

0.0416

7

16

1:22.7425

12

 

13

111.874

46:07.4210

Honda

P

195

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan

5

27

Alexander Rossi

1:12.0625

0.3500

0.0459

4

12

1:15.5283

9

 

18

111.803

45:20.4977

Honda

P

299

Andretti Autosport

6

45

Oliver Askew

1:12.1516

0.4391

0.0891

14

18

1:21.8008

15

 

22

111.665

45:42.9964

Honda

P

30

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

7

29

James Hinchcliffe

1:12.1885

0.4760

0.0369

15

16

1:20.6996

11

 

20

111.608

45:36.7038

Honda

P

194

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

8

60

Jack Harvey

1:12.2289

0.5164

0.0404

4

13

1:24.8710

10

 

26

111.545

45:59.6611

Honda

P

266

Meyer Shank Racing

9

51

Romain Grosjean

1:12.3210

0.6085

0.0921

6

17

1:23.4562

14

 

24

111.403

46:05.8080

Honda

P

230

Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR

10

8

Marcus Ericsson

1:12.3564

0.6439

0.0354

9

12

1:18.5745

6

 

7

111.349

43:57.2366

Honda

P

402

Chip Ganassi Racing

11

9

Scott Dixon

1:12.4415

0.7290

0.0851

5

11

1:12.6367

8

 

8

111.218

45:14.0386

Honda

P

428

Chip Ganassi Racing

12

3

Scott McLaughlin

1:12.4462

0.7337

0.0047

17

17

1:12.4462

14

 

2

111.211

43:37.7121

Chevy

P

268

Team Penske

13

06

Helio Castroneves

1:12.4757

0.7632

0.0295

5

15

1:16.9809

10

 

5

111.166

45:24.9060

Honda

P

141

Meyer Shank Racing

14

5

Pato O'Ward

1:12.4982

0.7857

0.0225

4

11

4:37.3868

11

 

4

111.131

45:57.3556

Chevy

P

452

Arrow McLaren SP

15

12

Will Power

1:12.5701

0.8576

0.0719

5

18

1:23.2502

14

 

10

111.021

45:51.8178

Chevy

P

332

Team Penske

16

7

Felix Rosenqvist

1:12.7014

0.9889

0.1313

6

13

1:16.6036

9

 

6

110.820

45:27.0855

Chevy

P

177

Arrow McLaren SP

17

15

Graham Rahal

1:12.8486

1.1361

0.1472

6

13

1:14.9644

12

 

12

110.596

45:17.4149

Honda

P

342

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

18

14

Sebastien Bourdais

1:12.9506

1.2381

0.1020

5

14

3:47.3106

14

 

11

110.442

45:02.8627

Chevy

P

218

AJ Foyt Enterprises

19

30

Takuma Sato

1:12.9923

1.2798

0.0417

5

15

1:13.5475

13

 

21

110.379

44:58.3868

Honda

P

297

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

20

22

Simon Pagenaud

1:13.0318

1.3193

0.0395

7

10

1:14.9263

3

 

16

110.319

42:32.6871

Chevy

P

329

Team Penske

21

21

Rinus VeeKay

1:13.0717

1.3592

0.0399

8

15

1:21.1568

12

 

15

110.259

46:09.4512

Chevy

P

291

Ed Carpenter Racing

22

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1:13.1024

1.3899

0.0307

3

13

1:19.3304

11

 

19

110.213

45:46.1035

Honda

P

230

Andretti Autosport

23

20

Conor Daly

1:13.1403

1.4278

0.0379

11

15

1:14.0275

13

 

14

110.155

45:05.2734

Chevy

P

212

Ed Carpenter Racing

24

48

Jimmie Johnson

1:13.2609

1.5484

0.1206

7

18

1:16.1071

14

 

23

109.974

45:28.2373

Honda

P

82

Chip Ganassi Racing

25

59

Max Chilton

1:13.3980

1.6855

0.1371

8

16

1:29.3125

13

 

25

109.769

46:18.7075

Chevy

P

110

Carlin

26

4

Dalton Kellett

1:13.7256

2.0131

0.3276

6

17

1:20.1980

15

 

3

109.281

45:53.1851

Chevy

P

130

AJ Foyt Enterprises

27

77

Callum Ilott

1:13.7398

2.0273

0.0142

5

20

1:14.3763

13

 

27

109.260

43:56.2190

Chevy

P

5

Juncos Hollinger Racing

 

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