By: Spencer Neff
July 14, 2019 | 12:24 PM
Throughout the Honda Indy Toronto weekend, Felix Rosenqvist has been among the fastest on track. In all three practice sessions and qualifying, the Chip Ganassi Racing rookie has been among the Top 3 on the charts. However, he had yet to be the fastest in any on-track session.
Early this afternoon, that all changed. With a best lap of 59.9469 seconds (107.255 mph) around the 1.785-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, he led the way. The last time Rosenqvist drove on the Exhibition Place circuit, he swept the 2016 Indy Lights races. This afternoon, he will start third on the grid.
Power rebounds from rough start
This weekend has not gotten off to a great start for Team Penske’s Will Power. The three-time race winner spun early in the first practice session on Friday.
Yesterday, he failed to advance out of his group during the first round of qualifying. It is the first time since Long Beach in 2015 that Power did not advance to Round 2 of qualifying.
However, things began to turn in Power’s favor during the warmup. By posting a best lap of 59.9599, he ended the session in second behind Rosenqvist, .013 seconds off of his fast lap.
By completing 29 laps in the final warmup, Power matched Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal for most laps run. For the race, Power will start 15th.
Other Notes from Sunday’s Warmup
Following Power was Rosenqvist’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon in third. Like Power, Dixon is seeking his fourth win at Toronto and will look to repeat his 2018 win. Today, he starts the race in second, just as he did when he won last year.
Round out the Top Five is current points leader Josef Newgarden. With a win today, Newgarden would equal Power and Dixon with three wins at Exhibition Place. He will start fifth on the grid.
After winning the pole and having what many say is the best car this weekend, Simon Pagenaud finished the session in sixth as he looks for his first win at Toronto.
Although the session stayed green throughout, one driver did suffer some slight contact.
In Turn 8, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi got loose and brushed the tire barriers with the left-rear of his car. Although he did not appear to suffer much damage, his team opted to replace the rear toe link shims on his car.
In all, the Top 16 drivers were separated by less than a second. From Rosenqvist to Matheus Leist in 22nd, the gap is just 1.5477 seconds. With qualifying and practice out of the way, the focus now shifts to the race.
This afternoon, The Honda Indy Toronto race broadcast will begin with pre-race coverage at 3:00 PM Eastern on NBCSN. At 3:38 pm, they will give the command to start engines.
During the pace laps, Robert Wickens will be on track in a modified Acura NSX. This will be Wickens’ first time driving since his accident at Pocono in August of 2018.
The expected green flag time is at 3:42 PM Eastern.
Timing and scoring, as well as commentary from the IndyCar Radio Network, can be found by visiting RaceControl.IndyCar.com. Radio coverage can also be found on Sirius 219 and XM 202.
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