Rosenqvist fastest in 1st IndyCar practice

Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist

F2 transplant Felix Rosenqvist made his presence felt immediately on Friday morning here on the streets of St. Petersburg by turning the fastest lap on the still green track as practice began for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg IndyCar season opener.

Rosenqvist, from Sweden, put up a lap of 1m01.822s to beat American Ryan Hunter-Reay by 1/4-sec as Honda drivers swept the top-6 fastest times. Rosenqvist was the only driver in the 1m01sec bracket.

F1 transplant Marcus Ericsson, also from Sweden was third fastest driving the car Robert Wickens drove to pole here last year (but with a different number) while Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-5.

Practice 1 Results

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap Laps FSpeed Engine Team
1 10 Felix Rosenqvist 1:01.822 –.—- –.—- 25 104.818 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
2 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:02.064 0.2421 0.2421 13 104.409 Honda Andretti Autosport
3 7 Marcus Ericsson 1:02.081 0.2596 0.0175 23 104.380 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport
4 9 Scott Dixon 1:02.131 0.3094 0.0498 15 104.296 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
5 27 Alexander Rossi 1:02.147 0.3255 0.0161 15 104.269 Honda Andretti Autosport
6 30 Takuma Sato 1:02.157 0.3356 0.0101 17 104.252 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
7 2 Josef Newgarden 1:02.174 0.3525 0.0169 15 104.224 Chevy Team Penske
8 15 Graham Rahal 1:02.185 0.3637 0.0112 14 104.205 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
9 26 Zach Veach 1:02.193 0.3710 0.0073 12 104.193 Honda Andretti Autosport
10 12 Will Power 1:02.276 0.4543 0.0833 17 104.053 Chevy Team Penske
11 18 Sebastien Bourdais 1:02.288 0.4669 0.0126 13 104.032 Honda Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan
12 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:02.309 0.4879 0.0210 15 103.997 Chevy Team Penske
13 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:02.314 0.4925 0.0046 15 103.989 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
14 21 Spencer Pigot 1:02.370 0.5488 0.0563 16 103.896 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
15 23 Charles Kimball 1:02.461 0.6392 0.0904 17 103.745 Chevy Carlin
16 60 Jack Harvey 1:02.505 0.6832 0.0440 14 103.672 Honda Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM
17 88 Colton Herta 1:02.509 0.6875 0.0043 21 103.665 Honda Harding Steinbrenner Racing
18 98 Marco Andretti 1:02.557 0.7351 0.0476 13 103.586 Honda Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
19 14 Tony Kanaan 1:02.614 0.7924 0.0573 14 103.491 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
20 4 Matheus Leist 1:02.663 0.8410 0.0486 16 103.411 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
21 19 Santino Ferrucci 1:02.738 0.9166 0.0756 20 103.287 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
22 20 Ed Jones 1:02.749 0.9272 0.0106 14 103.269 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
23 59 Max Chilton 1:02.907 1.0850 0.1578 17 103.010 Chevy Carlin
24 81 Ben Hanley 1:04.934 3.1126 2.0276 14 99.793 Chevy DragonSpeed

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