Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Herta top again in third practice

Colton Herta set fastest lap in final practice before qualifying, his Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda edging Spencer Pigot’s Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, as Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal each showed marked improvements on their Friday performances.

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Herta top again in third practice

Herta’s 65.705sec lap on primary tires was faster than he lapped on the softer alternates yesterday, and beat Pigot by just 0.0577sec while heading a total of seven Americans in the Top 10.

Behind Pigot, Rossi’s Andretti Autosport-Honda showed an encouraging leap forward on fresh primaries, lapping 0.17sec off top spot ahead of James Hinchcliffe who continues to shine this weekend in the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda.

Santino Ferrucci headed the session for much of the time in the Dale Coyne Racing-Honda, and finished up just a couple of hundredths quicker than local hero Graham Rahal whose Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda made a big step forward from yesterday.

Josef Newgarden in his repaired #2 Team Penske-Chevy was the fastest of his team, although teammate Will Power in 10th appeared to be testing the durability of the primaries with longer runs and still managed to set his fastest time on his final lap.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was eighth for Andretti Autosport, ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the second Coyne (with Vasser-Sullivan) machine.

Series returnee RC Enerson spun his Carlin-Chevrolet out of Turn 9 and needed rescuing with the aid of a red flag, while Felix Rosenqvist dug his own way out of the Turn 4 sandtrap after a tortuous route back on track, but the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda driver finished the session in 20th.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 16 1'05.7048 123.717
2 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 22 1'05.7625 0.0577 0.0577 123.608
3 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 15 1'05.8747 0.1699 0.1122 123.398
4 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 19 1'05.9580 0.2532 0.0833 123.242
5 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 20 1'05.9802 0.2754 0.0222 123.201
6 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 23 1'06.0040 0.2992 0.0238 123.156
7 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 18 1'06.0131 0.3083 0.0091 123.139
8 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 18 1'06.0208 0.3160 0.0077 123.125
9 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 18 1'06.0337 0.3289 0.0129 123.101
10 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 17 1'06.0905 0.3857 0.0568 122.995
11 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing 17 1'06.2461 0.5413 0.1556 122.706
12 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 18 1'06.4020 0.6972 0.1559 122.418
13 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 20 1'06.4791 0.7743 0.0771 122.276
14 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 19 1'06.5063 0.8015 0.0272 122.226
15 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 21 1'06.5406 0.8358 0.0343 122.163
16 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 21 1'06.6059 0.9011 0.0653 122.043
17 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Carlin 19 1'06.6160 0.9112 0.0101 122.025
18 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 22 1'06.7119 1.0071 0.0959 121.849
19 United States R.C. Enerson
Carlin 22 1'06.8150 1.1102 0.1031 121.661
20 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 20 1'06.9675 1.2627 0.1525 121.384
21 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 20 1'07.0430 1.3382 0.0755 121.248
22 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 21 1'07.0735 1.3687 0.0305 121.192
23 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 21 1'07.1802 1.4754 0.1067 121.000
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