Sonoma IndyCar: Rahal heads warm-up, Dixon leads title contenders

Graham Rahal put the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda on top by 0.7sec in raceday warm-up, helped by running softer compound tires, but all eyes were on the main championship protagonists.

Rahal lapped the 2.385-mile course in 1min16.9608sec, 0.7033sec ahead of the surprising Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet of Spencer Pigot.

In third, however, was Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda, a few hundredths ahead of Penske-Chevrolet’s Castroneves and Newgarden, as the four-time champion looks to overturn the qualifying form that saw Penske lock out the front two rows. Dixon is four points behind polesitter Newgarden in the championship chase.

Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti both ran reds, and were sixth and seventh fastest, with their Andretti Autosport-Honda teammates Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay in eighth and 10th. RHR split the AJ Foyt Racing-Chevys of Carlos Munoz and COnor Daly.

Ahead of his final race for Chip Ganassi Racing, Max Chilton had a harmless spin in Turn 3, but rebounded to go 12th fastest, but teammate Charlie Kimball was less lucky, braking issues causing him to complete only two laps just before the checker fell.

IndyCar debutant Zachary Claman DeMelo was 13th for RLLR.

Sonoma, IndyCar warm-up 

ClaDriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  20 1'16.9608     111.563
2 20 united_states  Spencer Pigot  18 1'17.6641 0.7033 0.7033 110.553
3 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  17 1'17.6849 0.7241 0.0208 110.523
4 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  18 1'17.7481 0.7873 0.0632 110.434
5 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  17 1'17.8073 0.8465 0.0592 110.350
6 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  16 1'17.8557 0.8949 0.0484 110.281
7 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  15 1'17.8859 0.9251 0.0302 110.238
8 26 japan  Takuma Sato  14 1'18.0077 1.0469 0.1218 110.066
9 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  17 1'18.0513 1.0905 0.0436 110.005
10 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  16 1'18.0926 1.1318 0.0413 109.946
11 4 united_states  Conor Daly  16 1'18.2189 1.2581 0.1263 109.769
12 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  17 1'18.2747 1.3139 0.0558 109.691
13 13 canada  Zachary Claman DeMelo  18 1'18.3122 1.3514 0.0375 109.638
14 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  14 1'18.3124 1.3516 0.0002 109.638
15 18 france  Sébastien Bourdais  15 1'18.3286 1.3678 0.0162 109.615
16 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  19 1'18.3529 1.3921 0.0243 109.581
17 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  15 1'18.4596 1.4988 0.1067 109.432
18 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  17 1'18.6800 1.7192 0.2204 109.126
19 12 australia  Will Power  18 1'18.7726 1.8118 0.0926 108.997
20 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  16 1'18.8155 1.8547 0.0429 108.938
21 7 united_kingdom  Jack Harvey  15 1'19.2938 2.3330 0.4783 108.281
22 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  2 1'19.9086 2.9478 0.6148 107.448
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Series IndyCar
Event Sonoma
Track Sonoma Raceway
Drivers Scott Dixon , Graham Rahal
Article type Practice report