Rossi Tops Extended Final Practice after Qualifying is Rained Out

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Starting lineup; Practice 2 results; Combined practice results

Following a rain-filled afternoon at Gateway Motorsports Park, IndyCar elected to cancel qualifying for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. The field for Saturday night’s 248-lap race was set by entrant points. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon will start first. The series also moved to extend this evening’s final practice session, giving the 21-car field an extra 30 minutes.

Just like the first session, Alexander Rossi led the way. The Andretti Autosport driver posted a best lap of 183.060 MPH (24.5821). Rossi will start second tomorrow night.

Dixon again would be second-fastest. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver notched his fastest speed with a lap of 183.022 MPH (24.5872) late in the session. The top two drivers in the standings were also the only drivers above 183 MPH.

A Dale Coyne Racing car would again slot in third by the end of the evening. This time, rookie Pietro Fittipaldi earns that spot (182.294 MPH-24.6854). Dixon and Rossi’s teammates, Ed Jones and Zach Veach, round out the top five.

As was the case in the opening practice, Honda-powered entries dominate the top of the speed charts. Tony Kanaan once again had the top-performing Chevrolet entry. The A.J. Foyt Racing driver posted the seventh-fastest time in final practice (181.773 MPH-24.7562).

In all, 14 drivers ran a lap above the 180 MPH (25 second) mark. The 21-car field was separated by just .7521 seconds. With the adjusted schedule, teams were also tasked with helping make further preparations for the race.

Firestone had teams use the session to scrub the tires. This was done in an effort to “rubber in” the track since qualifying was canceled. As a result, speeds increased with teams using newer tires during final practice. The focus now shifts fully to Race Day for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Tomorrow night’s race is set for a 7:35 p.m. local time green flag. Coverage of the race will begin on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network at 7:00 p.m. local time. Stay with Open-Wheels.com and our various platforms for continuing coverage.

Header Image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media 

Spencer Neff

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