Barber IndyCar: Rahal leads Rossi in warm-up

Graham Rahal, who will start his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda on the front row beside teammate Takuma Sato for this afternoon’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, set fastest lap in raceday warm-up at Barber Motorsports Park.

Barber IndyCar: Rahal leads Rossi in warm-up

The half-hour session allows drivers to try used alternate [softer] compound tires as well as primaries, but Rahal topped the times with a 70.175sec lap of the 2.3-mile course, an average speed of 117.991mph.

That was 0.1102sec faster than Alexander Rossi’s Andrettti Autosport-Honda, who was separated from his fourth fastest teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay by championship leader Josef Newgarden in the Team Penske-Chevrolet.

Zach Veach, who will be starting at the back, shook off his Barber blues – despite an off at Turn 15 that brought out the red flag – with fifth fastest time, as all the Andretti cars tried reds and discovered they hung on well over longer runs.

Jack Harvey claimed seventh with his 20th and final lap in the Meyer Shank Racing SPM-Honda, with polesistter Sato in eighth, Matheus Leist giving a boost to AJ Foyt Racing with ninth and Simon Pagenaud completing the Top 10.

The race gets the green flag at 3.15pm local (Central) time.

Cla # Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 20 1'10.1751     117.991
2 27 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 20 1'10.2853 0.1102 0.1102 117.806
3 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 20 1'10.5107 0.3356 0.2254 117.429
4 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 15 1'10.5596 0.3845 0.0489 117.348
5 26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport 15 1'10.7195 0.5444 0.1599 117.082
6 88 United States Colton Herta United States Harding Racing 16 1'10.7525 0.5774 0.0330 117.028
7 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 20 1'10.7604 0.5853 0.0079 117.015
8 30 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 20 1'10.9002 0.7251 0.1398 116.784
9 4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 16 1'10.9195 0.7444 0.0193 116.752
10 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 17 1'10.9258 0.7507 0.0063 116.742
11 98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport 15 1'10.9733 0.7982 0.0475 116.664
12 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Chip Ganassi Racing 20 1'10.9770 0.8019 0.0037 116.658
13 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 17 1'11.0764 0.9013 0.0994 116.494
14 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 20 1'11.3067 1.1316 0.2303 116.118
15 12 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 18 1'11.3643 1.1892 0.0576 116.024
16 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 19 1'11.3672 1.1921 0.0029 116.020
17 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United Kingdom Carlin 21 1'11.4576 1.2825 0.0904 115.873
18 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing 20 1'11.4592 1.2841 0.0016 115.870
19 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing 19 1'11.4627 1.2876 0.0035 115.865
20 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin 20 1'11.6123 1.4372 0.1496 115.623
21 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 16 1'11.6725 1.4974 0.0602 115.525
22 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 12 1'11.7497 1.5746 0.0772 115.401
23 20 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing 18 1'11.8127 1.6376 0.0630 115.300
24 19 United States Santino Ferrucci United States Dale Coyne Racing 18 1'12.2603 2.0852 0.4476 114.586
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