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IndyCar Road America: Power leads Harvey, Newgarden in practice

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IndyCar Road America: Power leads Harvey, Newgarden in practice
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Jul 11, 2020, 4:34 PM

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power left it until his last lap to vault from midfield into top spot to eclipse the Meyer Shank Racing-Honda of Jack Harvey and the second Penske of Josef Newgarden in the only practice session for this weekend’s double-header at Road America.

Power lapped the 4.014-mile course in 1min46.002sec, an average speed of 136.322mph, to beat Harvey by 0.1585sec in an incredibly tight 75-minute session that, despite this being by far the longest course on the schedule, saw the top 18 cars covered by just one second.

Power will be well aware, however, that while Harvey – the man who ran him closest for pole position at the GP of Indianapolis – appears to have been his biggest threat again, in fact Newgarden, the 2018 polesitter here, has an ace up his sleeve. The two-time and reigning champion set his best time far earlier in the session, on only his seventh lap, and before the track rubbered in.

Felix Rosenqvist was fourth fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda, ahead of the top Andretti Autosport entry, that of 2012 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh’s rookie Alex Palou bounced back from a disappointing GP of Indy to run sixth fastest in his first encounter with the magnificent course in Elkhart Lake, WI, and went faster than last year’s polesitter Colton Herta (Andretti) and Graham Rahal in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

Alexander Rossi, who dominated this race last year, was ninth, just ahead of Arrow McLaren SP’s pacesetter Patricio O’Ward. 

Although Rossi, Hunter-Reay and Herta all had off-course excursions, there were no session stoppages. 

Qualifying begins at 2.15 local (Central) time.

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IndyCar schedule, facts and figures for Road America.

Cla Driver Team Time Interval Mph
1 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 1'46.002   136.316
2 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Meyer Shank Racing 1'46.160 0.158 136.112
3 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 1'46.191 0.030 136.073
4 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'46.231 0.040 136.021
5 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 1'46.251 0.020 135.995
6 Spain Alex Palou Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh 1'46.254 0.002 135.992
7 United States Colton Herta Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport 1'46.294 0.039 135.942
8 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'46.360 0.066 135.857
9 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 1'46.373 0.013 135.840
10 Mexico Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP 1'46.386 0.013 135.823
11 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'46.395 0.008 135.812
12 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 1'46.502 0.106 135.676
13 United States Oliver Askew Arrow McLaren SP 1'46.512 0.010 135.662
14 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport 1'46.526 0.013 135.645
15 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'46.526 0.000 135.645
16 United States Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 1'46.634 0.108 135.507
17 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'46.959 0.324 135.096
18 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin 1'47.001 0.042 135.043
19 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 1'47.072 0.071 134.953
20 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'47.079 0.006 134.944
21 United States Conor Daly United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'47.093 0.013 134.927
22 United States Charlie Kimball United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'47.160 0.067 134.842
23 Canada Dalton Kellett United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'49.081 1.921 132.468
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Series IndyCar
Event Road America
Drivers Will Power
Teams Team Penske
Author David Malsher-Lopez