Sunday morning, the Verizon IndyCar Series took to the track for a 30-minute morning warm-up. It would be Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi who would pace the final practice session on the 1.8-mile street course.
The third-year driver posted a best lap time of 1:01.6182. Rossi bested A.J. Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan by .0468 seconds. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Gabby Chaves and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top five.
As is often the case in the morning warm-up, the time sheets differed from the starting grid for this afternoon. Only two drivers from the Firestone Fast Six yesterday were in the top 10 .
Andretti Autosport’s Hunter-Reay was the fastest from yesterday’s group and will start sixth. Team Penske’s Will Power, who starts second in today’s race, recorded the ninth-fastest time in this morning’s session. Polesitter Robert Wickens would end the session 20th out of 24 cars.
The session was completed without incident, as the only red flag was for a loose banner outside the Turn 3 wall, but the issue was resolved quickly and the session continued. The 24-car grid will now shift focus to this afternoon’s race. The 2018 season opener will be a 110-lap contest, with the green flag set for 12:40 local time.
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