Josef Newgarden, driving the #2 Xpel Penske Chevy, turned a lap of 1m07.2524s to top opening practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Practice 2 will be held Saturday morning.
Pato O’Ward in the #5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevy was 2nd fastest 0.25s behind Newgarden.
The fastest Honda was Jack Harvey in third 0.33s behind in the #60 Meyer Shank Honda.
2018 winner Alexander Rossi was 4th quick in the #27 Andretti Honda while Graham Rahal rounded out the top-5 in the #15 RLL Honda.
Romain Grosjean was 6th in the #51 Dale Coyne Honda.
Dead last was 7-Time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson in the #48 Carvana Honda, 2.56s per lap slower than Newgarden
All the drivers set their time on the harder primary Firestones, saving the soft reds for Saturday.
This is a home race for Harvey and Rahal. Englishman Harvey’s team, Meyer Shank Racing, is based in nearby Pataskala, Ohio, and team co-owner Michael Shank is a native of Columbus. Rahal also is a native of the Columbus area.
“We just want a smooth weekend,” Harvey said. “It’s everyone’s home race at Meyer Shank Racing. Mike has been awesome. There’s no added pressure, but we all want to get a good result for him in the place he grew up.”
Championship leader Alex Palou ended the session ninth at 1:07.7951 in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
The practice included one red flag, 25 minutes into the session, when Felix Rosenqvist spun in Turn 1 and stalled in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Rosenqvist returned to the series today after missing the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR on June 20 at Road America and Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on June 13 due to a heavy crash in Race 1 at Detroit on June 12.
Rosenqvist ended up 13th quickest in the session at 1:08.0265. Another driver returning from an injury hiatus, Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing, was 18th at 1:08.2367 in the No. 21 Sonax/Autogeek Chevrolet. VeeKay missed the Road America round due to a broken collarbone suffered in a cycling accident.
The spin by Rosenqvist wasn’t the only incident of the session. Colton Herta came within inches of the concrete wall between Turns 9 and 10 earlier in the session in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda after going off track and bouncing through the grass.
Practice 1 Results
|1||2||Josef Newgarden||1:07.2524||0.000s||0.000s||17||120.870||Chevy||Team Penske|
|2||5||Pato O’Ward||1:07.5050||0.2526||0.2526||15||120.418||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|3||60||Jack Harvey||1:07.5840||0.3316||0.0790||16||120.277||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|4||27||Alexander Rossi||1:07.7245||0.4721||0.1405||18||120.027||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|5||15||Graham Rahal||1:07.7561||0.5037||0.0316||18||119.971||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|6||51||Romain Grosjean||1:07.7589||0.5065||0.0028||17||119.967||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing|
|7||9||Scott Dixon||1:07.7657||0.5133||0.0068||18||119.954||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|8||14||Sebastien Bourdais||1:07.7711||0.5187||0.0054||18||119.945||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|9||10||Alex Palou||1:07.7951||0.5427||0.0240||18||119.902||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||29||James Hinchcliffe||1:07.8223||0.5699||0.0272||16||119.854||Honda||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport|
|11||12||Will Power||1:07.8863||0.6339||0.0640||19||119.741||Chevy||Team Penske|
|12||22||Simon Pagenaud||1:08.0046||0.7522||0.1183||16||119.533||Chevy||Team Penske|
|13||7||Felix Rosenqvist||1:08.0265||0.7741||0.0219||18||119.495||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|14||26||Colton Herta||1:08.0330||0.7806||0.0065||14||119.483||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|15||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||1:08.0740||0.8216||0.0410||16||119.411||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|16||3||Scott McLaughlin||1:08.1562||0.9038||0.0822||22||119.267||Chevy||Team Penske|
|17||20||Conor Daly||1:08.2312||0.9788||0.0750||18||119.136||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|18||21||Rinus VeeKay||1:08.2367||0.9843||0.0055||21||119.127||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|20||18||Ed Jones||1:08.3526||1.1002||0.0423||16||118.925||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan|
|21||8||Marcus Ericsson||1:08.4101||1.1577||0.0575||21||118.825||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|22||52||Ryan Norman||1:08.8122||1.5598||0.4021||17||118.130||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing|
|23||4||Dalton Kellett||1:09.0695||1.8171||0.2573||20||117.690||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|24||45||Santino Ferrucci||1:09.0970||1.8446||0.0275||17||117.643||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|25||30||Takuma Sato||1:09.6824||2.4300||0.5854||12||116.655||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|26||48||Jimmie Johnson||1:09.8165||2.5641||0.1341||25||116.431||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|