By: Tanner Watkins
July 27, 2019 | 11:30 AM
After closing the day strong on Friday, rookie driver Colton Herta upped the ante by leading Saturday morning’s 45-minute practice session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Herta, who registered a best lap of 1m5.7048s, topped the 23-car field which saw practice run without much issue. Just behind Herta was Spencer Pigot, the Ed Carpenter Racing driver who has been consistently in the top five on practice times this weekend.
Pigot posted a lap at 1m5.7625s to edge ahead of championship contender Alexander Rossi, who placed third with a 1m5.8747s lap.
James Hinchcliffe continued his strong start to the weekend, similar to Pigot, by placing fourth on the leaderboard in this practice. Santino Ferrucci was fifth-quickest for Dale Coyne Racing, and Graham Rahal slotted in sixth.
Rahal struggled mightily in Friday afternoon’s practice but the No. 15 team seems to have rebounded a bit from yesterday.
Points leader Josef Newgarden (P7, 1m6.0131s), Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay (P8, 1m6.0208s), Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais (P9, 1m6.0337s) and Team Penske’s Will Power (P10, 1m6.0905s) rounded out the first ten positions.
A total of 447 laps were turned in the session with Rahal chipping in the most – he traveled the historic Mid-Ohio circuit 23 times in this morning’s practice.
A couple of drivers worked their way off-track during the session without much consequence, and the only stoppage came when RC Enerson spun and stalled his Carlin Chevrolet in Turn 9. He was able to continue without sustaining any damage.
Qualifications are on-deck now for a 2:30 PM Eastern start time. The session will be shown live on NBCSN, but you can also follow along at RaceControl.IndyCar.com for timing and scoring – plus the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network feed.
Header image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR.