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Newgarden tops opening IndyCar practice at COTA
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden turned the quickest lap in opening practice for the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in his Penske Chevy. Newgarden's lap of 1m48.657s topped rookie sensation Colton Herta who was 2nd quick in the Harding Steinbrenner Honda by 0.1372s.

However, Herta was the latest driver to lose a Honda engine, bringing out a lengthy red flag as the HPD squad scrambles to figure out the problem.

Alexander Rossi was third quick at 1m49.046s in his Andretti Honda and Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal rounded out the top-5.

Honda drivers were 2nd thru 6th so they have the speed, but if their engine keep popping that is going to be a real concern for the Honda teams.

Practice 1 Results

12Josef Newgarden1:48.657--.------.----112.980ChevyPTeam Penske
288Colton Herta1:48.7940.13720.1372112.837HondaPHarding Steinbrenner Racing
327Alexander Rossi1:49.0460.38890.2517112.577HondaPAndretti Autosport
428Ryan Hunter-Reay1:49.5010.84440.4555112.108HondaPAndretti Autosport
515Graham Rahal1:49.5080.85090.0065112.102HondaPRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
610Felix Rosenqvist1:49.6851.02790.1770111.921HondaPChip Ganassi Racing Teams
722Simon Pagenaud1:49.7201.06370.0358111.884ChevyPTeam Penske
812Will Power1:49.7381.08130.0176111.866ChevyPTeam Penske
99Scott Dixon1:49.8541.19750.1162111.748HondaPChip Ganassi Racing Teams
1059Max Chilton1:50.0191.36200.1645111.581ChevyPCarlin
117Marcus Ericsson1:50.0671.41000.0480111.532HondaPArrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport
125James Hinchcliffe1:50.2011.54380.1338111.397HondaPArrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
134Matheus Leist1:50.2351.57790.0341111.362ChevyPAJ Foyt Enterprises
1421Spencer Pigot1:50.3051.64790.0700111.292ChevyPEd Carpenter Racing
1519Santino Ferrucci1:50.3991.74190.0940111.197HondaPDale Coyne Racing
1631Patricio O'Ward1:50.4901.83290.0910111.105ChevyPCarlin
1798Marco Andretti1:50.5481.89100.0581111.047HondaPAndretti Herta Autosport with CA
1826Zach Veach1:50.9102.25290.3619110.685HondaPAndretti Autosport
1930Takuma Sato1:51.0912.43410.1812110.504HondaPRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
2018Sebastien Bourdais1:51.3202.66350.2294110.276HondaPDale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sully
2160Jack Harvey1:51.5132.85630.1928110.086HondaPMeyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM
2214Tony Kanaan1:51.7333.07590.2196109.869ChevyPAJ Foyt Enterprises
2332Kyle Kaiser1:51.7963.13880.0629109.808ChevyPJuncos Racing
2420Ed Jones1:52.6303.97340.8346108.994ChevyPEd Carpenter Racing
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