Laguna Seca IndyCar: Rossi tops misty warm-up session

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi hit the top of the times in a gray Sunday morning IndyCar warm-up that was disrupted by a red flag for Callum Ilott spinning off at Turn 6.

Laguna Seca IndyCar: Rossi tops misty warm-up session

The marine layer over WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca made the curbs damp and treacherous, and Ilott discovered this in the worst way, as he took too much of the serrated red-n-whites on the inside of the compression-loaded Turn 6. The Juncos Hollinger-Chevrolet spun across the sandtrap and knocked his rear wing against the tire barrier.

Ed Jones also ran way wide there but drifted elegantly through the sand and returned to the course without major hurt.

When the green flew once more, Rossi and polesitting teammate Herta took on Firestone’s alternate red sidewalled compound to jump to the top of the speed charts.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato, who will start 23rd, was fastest driver on the primary compound, winding up third ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti), and Marcus Ericsson, who was fastest of the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda drivers.

Championship leader Alex Palou fell off the course at the Corkscrew on his final run but still clocked ninth fastest. The Ganassi ace will roll off fourth this afternoon.

The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey gets the green flag at 12.30pm local (Pacific) Time.

P

No

Name

FTime

Diff

FL

Laps

FSpeed

Engine

Tire

Team

1

27

Alexander Rossi

1:12.8632

1:12.8632

15

15

110.574

Honda

A

Andretti Autosport

2

26

Colton Herta

1:12.9651

0.1019

16

16

110.420

Honda

A

Andretti Autosport

3

30

Takuma Sato

1:13.3539

0.4907

15

15

109.835

Honda

P

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

4

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1:13.4673

0.6041

8

11

109.665

Honda

P

Andretti Autosport

5

8

Marcus Ericsson

1:13.4940

0.6308

12

15

109.625

Honda

P

Chip Ganassi Racing

6

2

Josef Newgarden

1:13.6180

0.7548

9

17

109.441

Chevy

P

Team Penske

7

15

Graham Rahal

1:13.6317

0.7685

17

17

109.420

Honda

P

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

8

18

Ed Jones

1:13.6627

0.7995

10

14

109.374

Honda

P

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan

9

10

Alex Palou

1:13.7181

0.8549

9

17

109.292

Honda

P

Chip Ganassi Racing

10

51

Romain Grosjean

1:13.7363

0.8731

6

16

109.265

Honda

A

Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR

11

12

Will Power

1:13.7544

0.8912

10

16

109.238

Chevy

P

Team Penske

12

06

Helio Castroneves

1:13.8148

0.9516

10

14

109.149

Honda

A

Meyer Shank Racing

13

14

Sebastien Bourdais

1:13.8418

0.9786

13

13

109.109

Chevy

A

AJ Foyt Enterprises

14

21

Rinus VeeKay

1:13.8783

1.0151

8

14

109.055

Chevy

A

Ed Carpenter Racing

15

9

Scott Dixon

1:14.1460

1.2828

13

13

108.661

Honda

P

Chip Ganassi Racing

16

59

Max Chilton

1:14.1988

1.3356

9

13

108.584

Chevy

P

Carlin

17

48

Jimmie Johnson

1:14.1996

1.3364

9

16

108.583

Honda

P

Chip Ganassi Racing

18

3

Scott McLaughlin

1:14.2249

1.3617

9

17

108.546

Chevy

P

Team Penske

19

45

Oliver Askew

1:14.2620

1.3988

8

11

108.492

Honda

P

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

20

29

James Hinchcliffe

1:14.3962

1.5330

12

12

108.296

Honda

P

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

21

5

Pato O'Ward

1:14.4486

1.5854

9

17

108.220

Chevy

P

Arrow McLaren SP

22

7

Felix Rosenqvist

1:14.5776

1.7144

9

17

108.032

Chevy

P

Arrow McLaren SP

23

60

Jack Harvey

1:14.5982

1.7350

10

13

108.003

Honda

A

Meyer Shank Racing

24

22

Simon Pagenaud

1:14.6674

1.8042

11

14

107.903

Chevy

P

Team Penske

25

4

Dalton Kellett

1:14.7022

1.8390

9

14

107.852

Chevy

A

AJ Foyt Enterprises

26

20

Conor Daly

1:14.7140

1.8508

11

14

107.835

Chevy

P

Ed Carpenter Racing

27

77

Callum Ilott

1:15.9009

3.0377

8

10

106.149

Chevy

P

Juncos Hollinger Racing

 

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