Andretti Autosport teammates Colton Herta and James Hinchcliffe topped the only practice this weekend for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg. Herta’s lap of 1m01.131s was just 0.0973s faster than his teammate.
Dale Coyne rookie Alex Palou was 3rd quick ahead of RLL Honda driver Takuma Sato as Honda powered cars ran 1-2-3-4.
Local driver Sebastien Bourdais was the fastest Chevy driver in his #14 AJ Foyt car just 0.3847s back.
Alexander Rossi was 6th quick in the #27 Andretti Honda.
Scott McLaughlin, making his IndyCar debut in the #3 Penske Chevy was an impressive 10th. On the faster red tires he had a few runs down the runoff area, but he did not hit anything and now goes into his first qualifying session.
“Awesome to jump aboard,” McLaughlin told NBC Sports Gold reporter Kevin Lee. “It’s everything I’ve dreamed of; the boys at Team Penske have been amazing at getting me sorted and comfortable. There’s still a lot more to learn. We did a good lap on the primaries (tires); I think if we could have got something down on the reds (faster alternate tires), it would have been good, but I kept stuffing it up, so I’ve got to chat with the driver a little bit.
“It’s hard to learn on a track that’s full of concrete walls, but I’m just creeping up on it. I feel nice when you have grip. It’s a solid session and exactly what we want to do. We just want to complete every lap. I had a couple of misdemeanors, just trying to do a quick spin like I would in a Supercar and stalled it. I need to work on my clutch control, but we’re OK.”
|1||88||Colton Herta||1:01.131||–.—-||–.—-||106.003||31||Honda||Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport|
|2||26||James Hinchcliffe||1:01.228||0.0973||0.0973||105.834||35||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|3||55||Alex Palou||1:01.432||0.3013||0.2040||105.483||42||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh|
|4||30||Takuma Sato||1:01.482||0.3518||0.0505||105.396||31||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|5||14||Sebastien Bourdais||1:01.515||0.3847||0.0329||105.340||40||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|6||27||Alexander Rossi||1:01.578||0.4474||0.0627||105.232||29||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|7||21||Rinus VeeKay||1:01.613||0.4822||0.0348||105.173||42||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|8||1||Josef Newgarden||1:01.620||0.4894||0.0072||105.161||34||Chevy||Team Penske|
|9||12||Will Power||1:01.628||0.4970||0.0076||105.148||36||Chevy||Team Penske|
|10||3||Scott McLaughlin||1:01.677||0.5464||0.0494||105.063||44||Chevy||Team Penske|
|11||18||Santino Ferrucci||1:01.695||0.5648||0.0184||105.032||38||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan|
|12||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||1:01.708||0.5771||0.0123||105.011||32||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|13||7||Oliver Askew||1:01.722||0.5916||0.0145||104.987||35||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|14||8||Marcus Ericsson||1:01.727||0.5965||0.0049||104.978||43||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|15||10||Felix Rosenqvist||1:01.729||0.5984||0.0019||104.975||42||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||9||Scott Dixon||1:01.846||0.7153||0.1169||104.777||34||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|17||5||Pato O’Ward||1:01.872||0.7418||0.0265||104.732||30||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|18||22||Simon Pagenaud||1:01.876||0.7458||0.0040||104.725||34||Chevy||Team Penske|
|19||20||Conor Daly||1:01.922||0.7913||0.0455||104.648||35||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|20||98||Marco Andretti||1:01.993||0.8624||0.0711||104.528||30||Honda||Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian|
|21||4||Charlie Kimball||1:02.126||0.9949||0.1325||104.305||35||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|22||60||Jack Harvey||1:02.169||1.0382||0.0433||104.232||32||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|24||15||Graham Rahal||1:02.327||1.1960||0.1107||103.968||38||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|