Gateway IndyCar: Newgarden leads Carpenter in final practice

Josef Newgarden completed 61 laps in tonight’s 65-minute session at Gateway, and it was his 59th that put him at the top of the charts, but his old team boss Ed Carpenter proved there’s a challenge brewing for Penske in race trim.

Gateway IndyCar: Newgarden leads Carpenter in final practice

The Penske-Chevrolet driver's best lap, a 184.079mph, put the championship leader just 0.6mph/0.086sec clear of Carpenter’s Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, and 0.8mph/0.1sec clear of the man who beat him to pole position, teammate Will Power.

The session had an extra five minutes added after long caution periods to clear puncture-inducing debris, including – disturbingly – three bolts.

Helio Castroneves made it three Penskes in the top four, while Honda drivers could take heart from the fifth and seventh of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato, and the sixth place from Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.

JR Hildebrand was eighth in the second ECR car ahead of Tony Kanaan’s Ganassi machine, and Conor Daly in the faster of the two AJ Foyt Racing-Chevys.

After overachieving in qualifying, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe sank to 19th again in race trim, although he was in a happier frame of mind than teammate Sebastian Saavedra. The Colombian, who will give up his seat to Jack Harvey for the final two rounds, was troubled mid-session by a problem with his right-front wheel and was last.

Marco Andretti’s struggles continued, only 20th, 4mph slower than teammate Rossi.

The green flag for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline will wave tomorrow at 9.45pm ET, 8.45pm local time.

IndyCar, Gateway final practice

ClaDriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  61 24.4460     184.079
2 20 united_states  Ed Carpenter  74 24.5318 0.0858 0.0858 183.435
3 12 australia  Will Power  77 24.5506 0.1046 0.0188 183.295
4 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  83 24.5796 0.1336 0.0290 183.079
5 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  78 24.5970 0.1510 0.0174 182.949
6 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  92 24.6092 0.1632 0.0122 182.858
7 26 japan  Takuma Sato  75 24.6588 0.2128 0.0496 182.491
8 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  76 24.6709 0.2249 0.0121 182.401
9 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  72 24.6733 0.2273 0.0024 182.383
10 4 united_states  Conor Daly  72 24.7016 0.2556 0.0283 182.174
11 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  55 24.7047 0.2587 0.0031 182.152
12 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  96 24.7196 0.2736 0.0149 182.042
13 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  75 24.7249 0.2789 0.0053 182.003
14 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  93 24.7748 0.3288 0.0499 181.636
15 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  84 24.7979 0.3519 0.0231 181.467
16 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  68 24.8196 0.3736 0.0217 181.308
17 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  75 24.9180 0.4720 0.0984 180.592
18 18 france  Sébastien Bourdais  79 24.9568 0.5108 0.0388 180.312
19 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  57 25.0662 0.6202 0.1094 179.525
20 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  50 25.1626 0.7166 0.0964 178.837
21 7 colombia  Sebastian Saavedra  44 25.3052 0.8592 0.1426 177.829

 

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