Newgarden fastest, Kimball to backup after morning crash

Kimball shortened the morning warmup, while Sarah Fisher Racing ace Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden has further proved that he has a chance for a good finish in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama by going fastest in the Sunday morning practice session.

Newgarden set the fastest time with a 1:09.2469 lap, nearly a full tenth of a second faster than 2010 and 2012 pole sitter Helio Castroneves. Ryan Hunter-Reay was third with Juan Pablo Montoya 4th fastest. Polesitter Will Power was 5th fastest and front row starter James Hinchcliffe was 12th.

The morning warmup was shortened after Charlie Kimball lost control of his car coming into the turn 12-13 complex. Kimball hit the wall outside of turn 13 with the rear of his car. The rear wing and suspension were heavily damaged.

The team is switching to the backup tub for the race with the engine from the primary car and a new rear end assembly. Kimball was 17th fastest in the warmup before the accident. and was scheduled to start 17th.

The biggest position gainer from qualifying to warmup was Kimball’s teammate, Ryan Briscoe. Briscoe, who starts 20th, was 8th fastest in the morning warmup with a lap of 1:09.6738.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Article type Breaking news
Tags alabama, barber motorsports park, charlie kimball, chip ganassi racing, indycar, morning warmpup, winners