By: Justin Reschke
April 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM
The newly-minted Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach saw its first IndyCar track action of the weekend with Practice 1. Under the typically perfect weather that Southern California has to offer, Honda power took the top seven spots of the session.
Ryan Hunter-Reay took P1 in his Honda-powered Andretti machine with a time of 1:07:93. After leading much of the session, Scott Dixon finished second for Chip Ganassi Racing with a time of 1:08:10. Young rookie driver and race winner at Circuit of the Americas Colton Herta took third with a time of 1:08:18 in his King Taco liveried machine.
Graham Rahal finished in fourth with a time of 1:08:34 showing that his RLL car could be strong once again this weekend after qualifying second in Alabama but succumbing to mechanical issues in the race.
Rounding out the top five was last year’s winner Alexander Rossi with a lap of 1:08:41. All fast laps were set on the Firestone black tires.
Other notables included last week’s winner Takuma Sato down in 14th with a time of 1:08:82. The two Swedish rookies Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson finished in seventh and nineteenth respectively with times of 1:08:46 and 1:08:99.
American rookie Santino Ferrucci finished 1:08:72, good enough for 12th on the time sheets. Rounding out the rookie class was Patricio O’Ward in 16th with a time of 1:08:84. The session was incident free.
Practice two begins at 2:00 PM Pacific time with coverage on the NBC Sports Gold app and here on Open-Wheels.com. Stay tuned all weekend long for coverage of the NTT Data IndyCar series at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Full session results from first practice can be found here.
Photo credit IndyCar Media.