Laguna Seca IndyCar: Rosenqvist leads Saturday practice

Felix Rosenqvist put his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda at the top of the IndyCar in FP3 with a run that beat the Team Penske-Chevrolet trio by around 0.2sec.

Laguna Seca IndyCar: Rosenqvist leads Saturday practice

The Swedish rookie lapped the course in 1min10.406sec, an average speed of 114.433mph, to beat points leader and championship favorite Josef Newgarden by 0.1823sec, with Will Power and Simon Pagenaud in arrears by a mere 0.0042 and 0.0192sec respectively.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato, who was confirmed this morning as a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda driver again in 2020, sprung to prominence with fifth best time, three-tenths off top spot.

Max Chilton was an encouraging sixth quickest for Carlin-Chevrolet, ahead of Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta.

Defending champion Scott Dixon was eighth fastest, while Graham Rahal made it two RLLR cars in the top 10.

Title contender Alexander Rossi was only 10th, and like many, he had a minor off that appeared to do no real damage. He was just ahead of his Andretti Autosport teammates Marco Andretti and Conor Daly, driving a fifth AA car in the US Air Force-sponsored entry.

Sebastien Bourdais, who had to skip the ‘warm-up’ session due to neck pain yesterday, completed 22 laps this morning – more than anyone else – although Tristan Vautier is on standby to drive the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car should Bourdais be unable to race.

Qualifying begins at 1.30pm local (Pacific) time.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 20 1'10.4065 114.433
2 United States Josef Newgarden
United States Team Penske 18 1'10.5888 0.1823 0.1823 114.137
3 Australia Will Power
United States Team Penske 18 1'10.5930 0.1865 0.0042 114.130
4 France Simon Pagenaud
United States Team Penske 19 1'10.6122 0.2057 0.0192 114.099
5 Japan Takuma Sato
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19 1'10.7109 0.3044 0.0987 113.940
6 United Kingdom Max Chilton
United Kingdom Carlin 15 1'10.7129 0.3064 0.0020 113.937
7 United States Colton Herta
United States Harding Racing 17 1'10.7824 0.3759 0.0695 113.825
8 New Zealand Scott Dixon
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 17 1'10.8203 0.4138 0.0379 113.764
9 United States Graham Rahal
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 21 1'10.8631 0.4566 0.0428 113.695
10 United States Alexander Rossi
United States Andretti Autosport 16 1'10.8738 0.4673 0.0107 113.678
11 United States Marco Andretti
United States Andretti Autosport 14 1'10.9301 0.5236 0.0563 113.588
12 United States Conor Daly
United States Andretti Autosport 17 1'10.9405 0.5340 0.0104 113.571
13 United States Charlie Kimball
United Kingdom Carlin 15 1'11.0067 0.6002 0.0662 113.465
14 France Sébastien Bourdais
United States Dale Coyne Racing 22 1'11.0091 0.6026 0.0024 113.462
15 United States Santino Ferrucci
United States Dale Coyne Racing 16 1'11.0816 0.6751 0.0725 113.346
16 United States Zach Veach
United States Andretti Autosport 17 1'11.1091 0.7026 0.0275 113.302
17 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 18 1'11.1606 0.7541 0.0515 113.220
18 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Andretti Autosport 17 1'11.2426 0.8361 0.0820 113.090
19 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
United States Meyer Shank Racing 18 1'11.4208 1.0143 0.1782 112.807
20 Brazil Matheus Leist
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 17 1'11.4390 1.0325 0.0182 112.779
21 Canada James Hinchcliffe
United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 18 1'11.4864 1.0799 0.0474 112.704
22 United States Spencer Pigot
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 15 1'11.5426 1.1361 0.0562 112.615
23 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 17 1'11.7684 1.3619 0.2258 112.261
24 Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18 1'11.7856 1.3791 0.0172 112.234
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