Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Newgarden leads raceday warm-up

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s championship leader Josef Newgarden topped the half-hour session for today’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, teams started the session practicing pitstops, and then checked out fuel mileage and tire durability.

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Newgarden leads raceday warm-up

Newgarden, who will start today’s race from third on the grid, headed the alternate tire-shod Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda of Felix Rosenqvist by a quarter-second with Colton Herta 35 thousandths behind in third for Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda.

After a disappointing qualifying session, Spencer Pigot resumed his otherwise impressive form at the 2.258-mile road course by clocking fourth fastest ahead of Andretti Autosport’s front-row starter Alexander Rossi and the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda of Sebastien Bourdais.

Takuma Sato was seventh fastest on the alternate compound tires for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, with Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM’s Jack Harvey setting his best time – 11th fastest – on primary tires, despite running the alternates in the first part of the session.

Polesitter Will Power completed 20 laps but was only 19th on the speed charts.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is set to start at 4pm local (Eastern) time. See below warm-up times followed by grid line-up.

Warm-up

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 21 1'06.6442 121.973
2 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 20 1'06.9027 0.2585 0.2585 121.502
3 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 21 1'06.9386 0.2944 0.0359 121.437

Grid line-up

Cla Driver Team Time Gap Mph
1 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 1'05.1569 124.757
2 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 1'05.5317 0.3748 124.044
3 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 1'05.7885 0.6316 123.560
4 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 1'05.8958 0.7389 123.358
5 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 1'06.2040 1.0471 122.784
6 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 1'06.4914 1.3345 122.253
7 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 1'05.5650 0.4081 123.981
8 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 1'05.6999 0.5430 123.726
9 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 1'05.7231 0.5662 123.683
10 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 1'05.7328 0.5759 123.664
11 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'05.7567 0.5998 123.619
12 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'06.0428 0.8859 123.084
13 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 1'05.9377 0.7808 123.280
14 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 1'05.7588 0.6019 123.615
15 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'05.9745 0.8176 123.211
16 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Carlin 1'05.9981 0.8412 123.167
17 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'06.3723 1.2154 122.473
18 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing 1'06.1800 1.0231 122.829
19 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 1'06.4156 1.2587 122.393
20 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 1'06.2115 1.0546 122.770
21 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'06.5488 1.3919 122.148
22 United States R.C. Enerson
Carlin 1'06.3196 1.1627 122.570
23 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'07.0491 1.8922 121.237
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