By: Spencer Neff
March 23, 2019 | 11:32 AM
While Friday’s sessions at Circuit of The Americas were dominated by Chevrolet and Team Penske, Saturday morning’s final practice session for the IndyCar Classic session saw a change.
At the end of the 45-minute session, Alexander Rossi would finish atop the charts. The Andretti Autosport driver posted a best lap time of 1m46.9148s on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn circuit.
Following Rossi would be Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist. Rosenqvist slotted in second, 0.1388 seconds behind his Honda stablemate. With 13 laps recorded, Rosenqvist was also the session’s busiest driver.
In fact, Honda locked out the top four positions on the time chart with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay following them.
Session 1 leader Josef Newgarden posted the fastest time of the Chevrolet-powered cars. The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner was 0.6224 seconds off Rossi’s pace.
In all, the top 12 drivers were all within a second of each other, as Rossi and 12th-place Colton Herta of Harding Steinbrenner Racing were just 0.8949 seconds apart. The session did feature two separate incidents, however only one caused a stoppage.
Early on, Rahal spun in Turn 9. Thankfully he did not stall his car and was able to continue running.
The lone red flag of the session came with less than three minutes remaining. Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Marcus Ericsson went off track in Turn 19 and hit the outside barrier, effectively ending the session with red flag conditions. 17 of the 24 drivers in the field logged 10 or more laps. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Matheus Leist made the fewest laps (5).
With all three practices wrapped up, teams will now shift their focus to qualifying for Sunday’s race.
The three-round, knockout-style qualifying session will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. Each session will be available for viewing via the NBC Sports Gold INDYCAR Pass, while qualifications will be shown live on NBCSN.
As with each IndyCar Series on-track session, the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network will also provide commentary via RaceControl.IndyCar.com – where you can also find timing and scoring.
Sunday’s 60-lap race is scheduled for a 1:40 p.m. Eastern green flag on NBCSN and IndyCar Radio. Stay with Open-Wheels.com and our social media accounts for all the latest news and developments.
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