Rossi tops morning IndyCar warmups

Alexander Rossi burns up the streets of St. Petersburg
Alexander Rossi burns up the streets of St. Petersburg

He probably would have put the car on pole Saturday if not for some bad officiating by IndyCar, but Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi turned the fastest lap in morning warm-ups ahead of today's Firestone GP of St. Petersburg, the opening race of the 2018 IndyCar season. Rossi did his time on the harder Firestone blacks while the next three fastest drivers were on the softer reds.

Rossi was accused of holding up another driver in qualifying Saturday, something the team argued with IndyCar officials for over an hour yesterday. Rossi was easily in the Fast Six and had saved a red set of Firestones for a run at pole. Instead of losing your fastest lap, you lose your two fastest laps with this penalty, which means your weekend is screwed.

So instead of starting up front, with what is likely the fastest car and driver combination, Rossi is looking at just collecting points in the race. He is mired down in 12th place at the start on a track nearly impossible to pass on and in a place where losing a wing at the start is very possible.

Tony Kanaan was 2nd quick in the #14 Chevy, underscoring how good the AJ Foyt team is this year – they have been the fastest Chevy team all weekend.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was third quick in the #28 Andretti Honda.

Warm-up Results

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap Tire Engine Team
1 27 Alexander Rossi 1:01.618 –.—- –.—- Hard Honda Andretti Autosport
2 14 Tony Kanaan 1:01.665 0.0468 0.0468 Soft Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:01.734 0.1156 0.0688 Soft Honda Andretti Autosport
4 88 Gabby Chaves 1:02.003 0.3848 0.2692 Soft Chevy Harding Racing
5 1 Josef Newgarden 1:02.044 0.4256 0.0408 Hard Chevy Team Penske
6 9 Scott Dixon 1:02.081 0.4624 0.0368 Hard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
7 18 Sebastien Bourdais 1:02.151 0.5329 0.0705 Hard Honda Dale Coyne/Vasser-Sullivan
8 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:02.368 0.7499 0.2170 Hard Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
9 12 Will Power 1:02.392 0.7735 0.0236 Hard Chevy Team Penske
10 21 Spencer Pigot 1:02.526 0.9080 0.1345 Hard Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
11 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:02.553 0.9352 0.0272 Hard Chevy Team Penske
12 26 Zach Veach 1:02.611 0.9931 0.0579 Soft Honda Andretti Autosport
13 20 Jordan King 1:02.628 1.0097 0.0166 Hard Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
14 4 Matheus Leist 1:02.629 1.0104 0.0007 Soft Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
15 98 Marco Andretti 1:02.637 1.0184 0.0080 Hard Honda Andretti Autosport
16 10 Ed Jones 1:02.663 1.0451 0.0267 Hard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
17 59 Max Chilton 1:02.673 1.0548 0.0097 Hard Chevy Carlin
18 30 Takuma Sato 1:02.753 1.1345 0.0797 Hard Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
19 15 Graham Rahal 1:02.929 1.3108 0.1763 Hard Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan
20 6 Robert Wickens 1:02.957 1.3386 0.0278 Soft Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
21 60 Jack Harvey 1:03.267 1.6492 0.3106 Hard Honda Michael Shank Racing
22 23 Charlie Kimball 1:03.585 1.9665 0.3173 Hard Chevy Carlin
23 19 Zachary Claman De Melo 1:03.953 2.3351 0.3686 Soft Honda Dale Coyne Racing
24 32 Rene Binder 1:04.407 2.7889 0.4538 Soft Chevy Juncos Racing

Starting Lineup

SP Car Driver Name Engine Tire
1 6 Wickens, Robert (R) HONDA Alternate
2 12 Power, Will CHEVY Alternate
3 4 Leist, Matheus (R) CHEVY Alternate
4 20 King, Jordan (R) CHEVY Alternate
5 30 Sato, Takuma HONDA Alternate
6 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan HONDA Alternate
7 5 Hinchcliffe, James HONDA Alternate
8 88 Chaves, Gabby CHEVY Alternate
9 9 Dixon, Scott HONDA Alternate
10 14 Kanaan, Tony CHEVY Alternate
11 22 Pagenaud, Simon CHEVY Alternate
12 27 Rossi, Alexander HONDA Alternate
13 1 Newgarden, Josef CHEVY Alternate
14 18 Bourdais, Sebastien HONDA Alternate
15 26 Veach, Zach (R) HONDA Primary
16 21 Pigot, Spencer CHEVY Alternate
17 10 Jones, Ed HONDA Alternate
18 98 Andretti, Marco HONDA Alternate
19 60 Harvey, Jack (R) HONDA Alternate
20 59 Chilton, Max CHEVY Alternate
21 23 Kimball, Charlie CHEVY Primary
22 19 Claman De Melo, Zachary (R) HONDA Primary
23 32 Binder, Rene (R) CHEVY Alternate
24 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA Alternate

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