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St. Pete IndyCar: Rossi tops morning warm-up

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St. Pete IndyCar: Rossi tops morning warm-up
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Mar 11, 2018, 1:36 PM

Alexander Rossi put his Andretti Autosport-Honda on top in the warm-up for this afternoon’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as several drivers experimented with push-to-pass and outbraking each other into the slippery Turn 1.

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

As throughout practice and qualifying, several cars could be seen squirming under braking as they hit the painted runway stripes in the first corner, but it was 2016 Indy 500 winner Rossi who slotted into the top spot, 0.0468sec quicker than a late flyer from AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan and 0.115 ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

 

 

Gabby Chaves, who will start eighth for Harding Racing’s fourth IndyCar race, was fourth quickest ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden who avoided a desperately late-braking Scott Dixon at Turn 1 on his penultimate lap… and then ran wide himself at the same point on the following lap. Dixon was in sixth.

 

2017 St. Pete winner Bourdais took seventh ahead of James Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson car, with Will Power and Spencer Pigot completing the Top 10.

The race is due to start at 12.40pm ET.

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, raceday warm-up 

ClaDriverTimeGap
1 27 united_states  Alexander Rossi  1'01.6182  
2 14 brazil  Tony Kanaan  1'01.6650 0.0468
3 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  1'01.7338 0.1156
4 88 colombia  Gabby Chaves  1'02.0030 0.3848
5 1 united_states  Josef Newgarden  1'02.0438 0.4256
6 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  1'02.0806 0.4624
7 18 france  Sébastien Bourdais  1'02.1511 0.5329
8 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  1'02.3681 0.7499
9 12 australia  Will Power  1'02.3917 0.7735
10 21 united_states  Spencer Pigot  1'02.5262 0.9080
11 22 france  Simon Pagenaud  1'02.5534 0.9352
12 26 united_states  Zach Veach  1'02.6113 0.9931
13 20   Jordan King  1'02.6279 1.0097
14 4 brazil  Matheus Leist  1'02.6286 1.0104
15 98 united_states  Marco Andretti  1'02.6366 1.0184
16 10 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  1'02.6633 1.0451
17 59 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  1'02.6730 1.0548
18 30 japan  Takuma Sato  1'02.7527 1.1345
19 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  1'02.9290 1.3108
20 6 canada  Robert Wickens  1'02.9568 1.3386
21 60 united_kingdom  Jack Harvey  1'03.2674 1.6492
22 23 united_states  Charlie Kimball  1'03.5847 1.9665
23 19 canada  Zachary Claman DeMelo  1'03.9533 2.3351
24 32 austria  Rene Binder  1'04.4071 2.7889
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Series IndyCar
Event St. Pete
Location St. Petersburg Street Course
Drivers Alexander Rossi
Author David Malsher