At the very end of the session, Will Power turned the fastest lap in practice for the Detroit GP IndyCar race with a time of 1m17.2768s in his #12 Penske Chevy.
Sebastian Bourdais turned the 2nd fastest lap in his #14 AJ Foyt Chevy to lead IndyCar practice for the Detroit GP with a time of 1m17.2768s.
Pato O’Ward made it a Chevy 1-2-3 in third.
Scott Dixon was 4th in his #9 Ganassi Honda while Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-5 in his #27 AutoNation Honda.
Power and the other 24 drivers in the field faced tough conditions, with the bumpy nature of the 14-turn, 2.35-mile circuit compounded by track temperatures tickling 120 degrees, with air temperatures in the mid-80s. Heavy traffic around the circuit also made it tough to assemble a clean lap.
“Yeah, it’s very hot out there,” Power said. “It’s just a physical track. You kind of hold your breath because there’s just so much commitment. I feel all right. The car is in a really good window. I was happy to get a lap in there at the end, with some guys backing up and such.”
Championship leader Alex Palou was 15th at 1:18.7996 in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He is racing at Detroit for the first time since the event wasn’t held last season during his rookie year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Palou will face an additional challenge Saturday by starting six grid spots behind his qualifying position due to an unauthorized engine change before the Indianapolis 500.
The challenging Belle Isle circuit snared two rookies early. Jimmie Johnson and Scott McLaughlin triggered a red flag 14 minutes into the session in separate incidents seconds apart.
There were a couple of incidents in the session, including Scott McLaughlin who backed his Penske Chevy into the wall and had to sit out much of the only practice session this weekend.
7-time NASCAR champion and NASCAR hero, Jimmie Johnson, had a lazy Turn 3 spin, but got back out and completed 26 laps, as many as any driver. However, he finished 5.46s (Milka territory) off the pace and out to lunch.
Romain Grosjean had this near-miss and quick recovery.
REPLAY: @RGrosjean is exploring EVERY INCH of this track.
— NTT INDYCAR SERIES (@IndyCar) June 11, 2021
Qualifying Groups for Saturday
12 Power, Will
5 O’Ward, Pato
27 Rossi, Alexander
8 Ericsson, Marcus
21 VeeKay, Rinus
29 Hinchcliffe, James
51 Grosjean, Romain
10 Palou, Alex
20 Daly, Conor
22 Pagenaud, Simon
60 Harvey, Jack
4 Kellett, Dalton
48 Johnson, Jimmie
14 Bourdais, Sebastien
9 Dixon, Scott
26 Herta, Colton
2 Newgarden, Josef
28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan
30 Sato, Takuma
7 Rosenqvist, Felix
15 Rahal, Graham
59 Chilton, Max
18 Jones, Ed
45 Ferrucci, Santino
3 McLaughlin, Scott
IndyCar Practice Results
|1||12||Will Power||1:17.2768||0.0000||0.0000||109.477||Chevy||Team Penske|
|2||14||Sebastien Bourdais||1:17.4291||0.1523||0.1523||109.261||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|3||5||Pato O’Ward||1:17.5143||0.2375||0.0852||109.141||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|4||9||Scott Dixon||1:17.6178||0.3410||0.1035||108.996||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|5||27||Alexander Rossi||1:17.6587||0.3819||0.0409||108.938||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|6||26||Colton Herta||1:17.8121||0.5353||0.1534||108.723||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|7||8||Marcus Ericsson||1:17.9728||0.6960||0.1607||108.499||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|8||2||Josef Newgarden||1:18.0329||0.7561||0.0601||108.416||Chevy||Team Penske|
|9||21||Rinus VeeKay||1:18.1459||0.8691||0.1130||108.259||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|10||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||1:18.2033||0.9265||0.0574||108.180||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|11||29||James Hinchcliffe||1:18.4961||1.2193||0.2928||107.776||Honda||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport|
|12||30||Takuma Sato||1:18.5177||1.2409||0.0216||107.746||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|13||51||Romain Grosjean||1:18.5852||1.3084||0.0675||107.654||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing|
|14||7||Felix Rosenqvist||1:18.7542||1.4774||0.1690||107.423||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|15||10||Alex Palou||1:18.7996||1.5228||0.0454||107.361||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||15||Graham Rahal||1:18.8195||1.5427||0.0199||107.334||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|17||20||Conor Daly||1:18.8739||1.5971||0.0544||107.260||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|19||22||Simon Pagenaud||1:18.8930||1.6162||0.0157||107.234||Chevy||Team Penske|
|20||18||Ed Jones||1:19.0809||1.8041||0.1879||106.979||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan|
|21||60||Jack Harvey||1:19.3133||2.0365||0.2324||106.666||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|22||45||Santino Ferrucci||1:19.3407||2.0639||0.0274||106.629||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|23||4||Dalton Kellett||1:20.8071||3.5303||1.4664||104.694||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|24||3||Scott McLaughlin||1:21.1254||3.8486||0.3183||104.283||Chevy||Team Penske|
|25||48||Jimmie Johnson||1:22.7353||5.4585||1.6099||102.254||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|