Long Beach IndyCar: Rossi leads Dixon in raceday warm-up

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Long Beach IndyCar: Rossi leads Dixon in raceday warm-up
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
Apr 15, 2018, 4:42 PM

Alexander Rossi, who will start the 44th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from pole, topped Sunday warm-up as Scott Dixon claimed second ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

Rossi’s #27 Andretti Autosport-Honda lapped the 1.968-mile course in 67.537sec, just nine hundredths of a second faster than the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda of 2015 Long Beach winner Dixon.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who likely would have started from the front row had he not been penalized in qualifying for an illegal pitlane exit, was third fastest, ahead of the three Penske-Chevrolets of Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

Defending race winner, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe, was seventh ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, with Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy) and Max Chilton (Carlin-Chevy) completing the Top 10.

Gabby Chaves went into a runoff area and caused a red when he stalled his Harding Racing-Chevy, and there was a slightly premature conclusion to the session when Zachary Claman De Melo also stopped on course in the second Coyne car.

The race starts at 1.40pm local (Pacific) time.

 

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Series IndyCar
Event Long Beach
Location Streets of Long Beach
Drivers Alexander Rossi
Author David Malsher
Article type Practice report