Road America IndyCar: Hunter-Reay tops opening practice
Ryan Hunter-Reay led opening practice for the 2019 REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR, around the beautiful and daunting 4.014-mile Road America course near Elkhart Lake, WI, but Jack Harvey caused two red flags with separate incidents at Turn 12.
The first came after 20mins when the Michael Shank Racing with Arrow SPM-Honda ground to a halt at Turn 12 with an electrical problem, just before Zach Veach of Andrettti Autosport-Honda went top until his time was deleted.
After the issue was resolved and he served his five-minute penalty for causing the red, Harvey appeared to suffer a stuck throttle at the same spot, skated over the gravel trap and nosed into the tires.
The original red foreshortened the original 30-minute period when the drivers were allowed to use the Push to Pass boost which delivers 50-60hp as the turbos are upped from 1.5-bar to 1.65-bar in a maximum of 20sec bursts.
Thus Hunter-Reay’s top lap – a 1min43.7556sec, 139.273mph – remained secure, his closest challenger being Takuma Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, a mere 0.0688sec behind, ahead of Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.
Will Power was top Chevrolet runner, taking fourth overall, 0.2838sec ahead and 0.0312sec faster than Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden.
Andretti’s Alexander Rossi, who has finished three of the last four races staring at a Penske rear wing, was just behind his nemeses in sixth, but ahead of the other Penske of Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, while Spencer Pigot of Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy was eighth.
James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda and Marco Andretti (Andretti) completed the top 10.
The surprise of the session was Tony Kanaan who was 12th for AJ Foyt Racing, less than one second off the ultimate pace, and ahead of Patricio O’Ward in the lead Carlin Racing-Chevy. His teammate, Max Chilton, turned only four very slow laps.
Santino Ferrucci’s Dale Coyne Racing-Honda was rolled away early with an engine issue after just six laps.
|1|| Ryan Hunter-Reay ||Andretti Autosport||9||1'43.7556||139.273|
|2|| Takuma Sato ||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||8||1'43.8244||0.0688||0.0688||139.181|
|3|| Scott Dixon ||Chip Ganassi Racing||8||1'43.9842||0.2286||0.1598||138.967|
|4|| Will Power ||Team Penske||10||1'44.0394||0.2838||0.0552||138.894|
|5|| Josef Newgarden ||Team Penske||11||1'44.0706||0.3150||0.0312||138.852|
|6|| Alexander Rossi ||Andretti Autosport||9||1'44.1839||0.4283||0.1133||138.701|
|7|| Simon Pagenaud ||Team Penske||7||1'44.3979||0.6423||0.2140||138.417|
|8|| Spencer Pigot ||Ed Carpenter Racing||10||1'44.4024||0.6468||0.0045||138.411|
|9|| James Hinchcliffe ||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||9||1'44.4186||0.6630||0.0162||138.389|
|10|| Marco Andretti ||Andretti Autosport||11||1'44.5863||0.8307||0.1677||138.167|
|11|| Sébastien Bourdais ||Dale Coyne Racing||9||1'44.6216||0.8660||0.0353||138.121|
|12|| Tony Kanaan ||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||8||1'44.7400||0.9844||0.1184||137.964|
|13|| Patricio O'Ward ||Carlin||11||1'44.8431||1.0875||0.1031||137.829|
|14|| Ed Jones ||Ed Carpenter Racing||9||1'44.9050||1.1494||0.0619||137.747|
|15|| Felix Rosenqvist ||Chip Ganassi Racing||12||1'44.9529||1.1973||0.0479||137.685|
|16|| Colton Herta ||Harding Racing||12||1'44.9832||1.2276||0.0303||137.645|
|17|| Zach Veach ||Andretti Autosport||10||1'45.0458||1.2902||0.0626||137.563|
|18|| Matheus Leist ||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||9||1'45.3621||1.6065||0.3163||137.150|
|19|| Santino Ferrucci ||Dale Coyne Racing||7||1'45.5956||1.8400||0.2335||136.847|
|20|| Marcus Ericsson ||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||15||1'45.6119||1.8563||0.0163||136.825|
|21|| Graham Rahal ||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||10||1'45.6192||1.8636||0.0073||136.816|
|22|| Jack Harvey ||Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM||7||1'46.9085||3.1529||1.2893||135.166|
|23|| Max Chilton ||Carlin||4||2'03.0777||19.3221||16.1692||117.409|
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