Morning update from St. Pete

After some pre-dawn thunderstorms and rain, the morning road-to-Indy practice sessions have started under partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures with the track almost completely dry. This morning brings news that Kevin Magnussen definitely looked at racing in IndyCar but instead to be a reserve driver for McLaren where he will sit the bench the rest of the year for the backmarker McLaren-Honda team.

The IndyCar partnership with USA Today is paying early dividends with good coverage all week and today the entire back page of the sports section is dedicated to IndyCar.

What everyone will be watching the morning IndyCar practice and whether the Honda teams did indeed find more speed at Sebring so they can give the Chevy teams a run for their money. Honda's aero kit is more complex so it will probably take the Honda teams more time to figure them out.

USF2000 morning practice has completed with Jake Eidson on top. The Pro Mazda series is currently on track.

USF2000 Practice Times

Pos Driver Car No. Best Time In Lap Best Speed Total Laps Difference Gap
1 Jake Eidson 22 01:17.1847 15 83.954 16 –.—- –.—-
2 Victor Franzoni 17 01:17.2888 13 83.841 14 0.1041 0.1041
3 Nico Jamin 2 01:17.5261 13 83.585 14 0.3414 0.2373
4 Aaron Telitz 3 01:18.2524 13 82.809 14 1.0677 0.7263
5 Anthony Martin 33 01:18.3380 14 82.718 15 1.1533 0.0856
6 Keyvan Andres Soori 5 01:20.1768 6 80.821 6 2.9921 1.8388
7 Yufeng Luo 23 01:20.4228 13 80.574 16 3.2381 0.2460
8 Luke Gabin 82 01:20.8219 14 80.176 15 3.6372 0.3629
9 Jordan Lloyd 94 01:20.8947 10 80.104 11 3.7100 0.0728
10 Parker Thompson 80 01:21.0250 13 79.975 14 3.8403 0.1303
11 Max Hanratty 6 01:21.3248 14 79.68 15 4.1401 0.2998
12 Ayla Agren 81 01:21.5798 14 79.431 15 4.3951 0.2550
13 Nikita Lastochkin 84 01:22.6954 14 78.36 15 5.5107 1.1156
14 Andrew List 61 01:23.3557 8 77.739 8 6.1710 0.6603
15 Augie Lerch 12 01:24.0881 13 77.062 14 6.9034 0.7324
16 James Dayson 16 01:25.6999 14 75.613 14 8.5152 1.6118

Mark C. reporting from st. Petersburg

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