By: Tanner Watkins
May 11, 2019 | 12:00 PM
In a short, 30-minute practice session ahead of today’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta was quickest of the 23 drivers to post times. Carlin’s Patricio O’Ward is the 24th entrant for this event, but an alternator issue kept him from recording an official lap time.
Herta’s time of 1m8.0393s was a full two tenths quicker than the next-closest driver – fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist, today’s pole sitter for the 85-lap race. Rosenqvist posted a time of 1m8.2471s, just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot who placed as the quickest Chevrolet entry in the session at 1m8.2663s.
Moving through the top ten, Sebastien Bourdais (P4, 1m8.2971s) and Scott Dixon (P5, 1m8.2971s) rounded out the first five, followed by Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jack Harvey, Marcus Ericsson and Ed Jones.
Harvey’s best lap in the morning warm-up was good for eighth-quickest, continuing a strong weekend to this point. He will roll off the grid third today, a career-best starting position for the Meyer Shank Racing driver.
A handful of veterans were littered through the leaderboard’s second half, similar to yesterday’s qualifying results. Team Penske’s four drivers were 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th overall with Josef Newgarden being the quickest of the bunch. Will Power will start the highest up the grid out of the four Penkse drivers, rolling off from sixth today.
The tough weekends for Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan continued as those two finished 20th and 23rd, respectively, in the morning warm-up.
All that is left now is the race itself – 85 laps of action from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off with NBC’s coverage of the INDYCAR Grand Prix beginning at 3:30 PM Eastern. The green flag is scheduled to fall at approximately 3:50 PM Eastern.
Header image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR.
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