The only incident in the warm-up was when Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves tried to claim the same real estate around the fountain area.
Castroneves was angry with Rossi after the collision left his No. 06 Dallara-Honda damaged three hours before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
“He’s the one that has the mirror,” a seething Castroneves told NBC Sports reporter Kevin Lee. “He should take a look at what’s going on. It’s totally unnecessary. Totally unnecessary. It absolutely stinks. I’m pissed off about it. Anyway. I’ll come down and move on to the race, but his turn will come.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s an (expletive) warmup. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely insane.”
“Kind of since Portland, things have been brewing,” Rossi told NBC Sports reporter Marty Snider. “Not brewing, but he likes to jump in line when we’re all trying to get gaps and everything. It happened yesterday. It happened in Portland.
“We’re teammates (as Honda drivers). We haven’t really talked about it. Now is a good time to talk about it. But the fact that he thinks any of it is my fault is hilarious. I guess when you’re a four-time Indy 500 champion, you can have your opinion. He’s entitled to it. But he’s wrong.”
Contact in warm-up?
— NTT INDYCAR SERIES (@IndyCar) September 26, 2021
September 26, 2021
After choking when it counted yesterday in qualifying, the Andretti Autosport team redeemed themselves when it does not count by putting three cars in the top-5 in morning warm-up ahead of the Acura GP of Long Beach starting at 3:30pm ET today.
Colton Herta, consistently the fastest driver on the Andretti team, turned the fastest lap at a 1m08.4762s, good enough to be 0.1745s faster than Scott Dixon.
Simon Pagenaud, driving like his job is on the line, was third quick for Team Penske while two of Andretti’s other cars, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi, rounded out the top-5.
|1||26||Colton Herta||1:08.4762||0.000s||0.000||103.464||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|2||9||Scott Dixon||1:08.6507||0.1745||0.1745||103.201||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|3||22||Simon Pagenaud||1:08.8029||0.3267||0.1522||102.972||Chevy||Team Penske|
|4||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||1:08.8612||0.3850||0.0583||102.885||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|5||27||Alexander Rossi||1:09.2465||0.7703||0.3853||102.313||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|6||12||Will Power||1:09.2799||0.8037||0.0334||102.263||Chevy||Team Penske|
|7||60||Jack Harvey||1:09.2838||0.8076||0.0039||102.258||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|8||15||Graham Rahal||1:09.3318||0.8556||0.0480||102.187||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|9||10||Alex Palou||1:09.3364||0.8602||0.0046||102.180||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||51||Romain Grosjean||1:09.3802||0.9040||0.0438||102.116||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR|
|11||29||James Hinchcliffe||1:09.4724||0.9962||0.0922||101.980||Honda||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport|
|12||5||Pato O’Ward||1:09.4789||1.0027||0.0065||101.971||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|13||2||Josef Newgarden||1:09.5583||1.0821||0.0794||101.854||Chevy||Team Penske|
|14||3||Scott McLaughlin||1:09.5869||1.1107||0.0286||101.812||Chevy||Team Penske|
|15||48||Jimmie Johnson||1:09.6539||1.1777||0.0670||101.714||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||18||Ed Jones||1:09.7260||1.2498||0.0721||101.609||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan|
|17||30||Takuma Sato||1:09.7787||1.3025||0.0527||101.532||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|19||7||Felix Rosenqvist||1:09.7866||1.3104||0.0031||101.521||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|20||8||Marcus Ericsson||1:09.8017||1.3255||0.0151||101.499||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||14||Sebastien Bourdais||1:09.8080||1.3318||0.0063||101.490||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|22||77||Callum Ilott||1:09.9430||1.4668||0.1350||101.294||Chevy||Juncos Hollinger Racing|
|23||21||Rinus VeeKay||1:09.9459||1.4697||0.0029||101.290||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|24||11||Charlie Kimball||1:09.9757||1.4995||0.0298||101.247||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|25||45||Oliver Askew||1:10.0134||1.5372||0.0377||101.192||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|26||20||Conor Daly||1:10.3288||1.8526||0.3154||100.738||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|27||4||Dalton Kellett||1:10.5556||2.0794||0.2268||100.414||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|28||06||Helio Castroneves||1:12.2333||3.7571||1.6777||98.082||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|