By: Spencer Neff
June 22, 2019 | 12:42 PM
In the final practice of the REV Group Grand Prix weekend at Road America, 2018 race pole sitter and winner Josef Newgarden led the way.
With a best lap of 1m42.8825s, the points leader placed his Team Penske Dallara-Chevrolet on top of the practice charts at the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Yesterday, the Honda-powered entries of Andretti Autosport dominated the on-track activity.
During this practice, Harding Steinbrenner Racing rookie Colton Herta was the leader of the group. With a best lap of 1m43.1697s, the Circuit of The Americas race winner slotted in second behind Newgarden.
Rounding out the top-five were Newgarden’s Penske teammate Will Power, as well as the Andretti Autosport duo of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi. During yesterday’s sessions, Hunter-Reay and Rossi posted the fastest times.
In all, the top 14 drivers in this practice were separated by less than a second. Among the 23-car field, the overall spread was 1.8294 seconds. Yesterday, Rossi was the only driver to eclipse an average lap of 140 mph on his quickest lap.
Today, Newgarden, Herta, Power and Hunter-Reay were able to match that feat. However, only Newgarden was able to eclipse Rossi’s fastest lap from the second session on Friday – 1m43.1206 at a speed of 140.131 mph.
During practice, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot ran a session-high 16 laps. Of the 312 circuits turned by the field, Rossi ran the fewest with 10.
Rahal finds trouble in Turn 7
Late in the running, the session was red-flagged for a brief period. In Turn 7, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal got off course and spun in the Turn 7 grass.
By virtue of causing the red flag, Rahal was docked five minutes of running time. Fortunately, his car received minimal damage from the incident.
By the time the track was cleaned up, there was less than a minute to go in the 45-minute practice.
With such little time left, IndyCar granted the drivers aside from Rahal one lap before concluding practice. Now that the practice sessions have wrapped up, the focus shifts to qualifying and the race.
The three rounds of knockout-style qualifying will kick off at 4:00 PM Eastern time live on NBC Sports Gold. TV coverage will be available on a one-hour delay via NBCSN at 5:00 PM Eastern time.
Live coverage of NTT IndyCar Series qualifying is available on Sirius 219, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.
Sunday’s 55-lap race will have NBC carrying the coverage with a start time of 12:00 PM Eastern.
The green flag is expected to drop at approximately 12:43 PM Eastern time, and you can also catch the race on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network by visiting RaceControl.IndyCar.com.
Additionally, the site provides live timing and scoring during each on-track session.
All NTT IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 219, XM 202, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.
Stay tuned to Open-Wheels for more coverage of this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix.
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