Gateway IndyCar: Daly tops evening practice, Kimball crashes

Carlin Racing-Chevrolet ended evening practice for Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 with mixed feelings as Conor Daly grabbed top spot barely a minute before teammate Charlie Kimball struck the wall and ended the session early.

Gateway IndyCar: Daly tops evening practice, Kimball crashes

Daly had just lapped the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway in 24.7346sec – an average speed of 181.931mph, set without the aid of a tow – when Kimball washed out high through Turn 3 and struck the Turn 4 wall with his right-front corner.

The car drifted to a halt on the main straight with a torn up wheel and deranged right-front suspension, Kimball stepped out unaided, but the scheduled one-hour session was brought to a slightly premature halt.

Second-fastest was polesitter and championship leader Josef Newgarden whose Team Penske-Chevrolet was 0.6mph slower than Daly but 0.3mph faster than third placed Zach Veach in the Andretti Autosport-Honda.

Takuma Sato was fourth in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda ahead of the two Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas.

Tony Kanaan was an encouraging 12th for AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet, while Spencer Pigot was the busiest driver, turning 76 laps for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Saturday’s race gets the green flag at 7.45 local (Central) time.

Session results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap Mph
1 59 United States Conor Daly
United Kingdom Carlin 24.7346 181.931
2 2 United States Josef Newgarden
United States Team Penske 24.8191 0.0845 181.312
3 26 United States Zach Veach
United States Andretti Autosport 24.8574 0.1228 181.033
4 30 Japan Takuma Sato
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 24.8691 0.1345 180.947
5 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 24.8885 0.1539 180.806
6 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 24.9195 0.1849 180.581
7 22 France Simon Pagenaud
United States Team Penske 24.9216 0.1870 180.566
8 27 United States Alexander Rossi
United States Andretti Autosport 24.9249 0.1903 180.542
9 19 United States Santino Ferrucci
United States Dale Coyne Racing 24.9355 0.2009 180.466
10 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Andretti Autosport 24.9841 0.2495 180.115
11 88 United States Colton Herta
United States Harding Racing 24.9898 0.2552 180.073
12 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 25.0050 0.2704 179.964
13 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 25.0486 0.3140 179.651
14 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe
United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 25.0654 0.3308 179.530
15 18 France Sébastien Bourdais
United States Dale Coyne Racing 25.1012 0.3666 179.274
16 15 United States Graham Rahal
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 25.1021 0.3675 179.268
17 98 United States Marco Andretti
United States Andretti Autosport 25.1239 0.3893 179.112
18 21 United States Spencer Pigot
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 25.1254 0.3908 179.102
19 12 Australia Will Power
United States Team Penske 25.1688 0.4342 178.793
20 23 United States Charlie Kimball
United Kingdom Carlin 25.1888 0.4542 178.651
21 4 Brazil Matheus Leist
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 25.3566 0.6220 177.469
22 20 United States Ed Carpenter
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 25.4404 0.7058 176.884
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