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.

Road America IndyCar: Hunter-Reay tops opening practice

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.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 9 1'43.7556 139.273
2 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 8 1'43.8244 0.0688 0.0688 139.181
3 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 8 1'43.9842 0.2286 0.1598 138.967
4 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 10 1'44.0394 0.2838 0.0552 138.894
5 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 11 1'44.0706 0.3150 0.0312 138.852
6 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 9 1'44.1839 0.4283 0.1133 138.701
7 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 7 1'44.3979 0.6423 0.2140 138.417
8 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 10 1'44.4024 0.6468 0.0045 138.411
9 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 9 1'44.4186 0.6630 0.0162 138.389
10 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 11 1'44.5863 0.8307 0.1677 138.167
11 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 9 1'44.6216 0.8660 0.0353 138.121
12 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 8 1'44.7400 0.9844 0.1184 137.964
13 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Carlin 11 1'44.8431 1.0875 0.1031 137.829
14 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing 9 1'44.9050 1.1494 0.0619 137.747
15 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 12 1'44.9529 1.1973 0.0479 137.685
16 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 12 1'44.9832 1.2276 0.0303 137.645
17 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 10 1'45.0458 1.2902 0.0626 137.563
18 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 9 1'45.3621 1.6065 0.3163 137.150
19 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 7 1'45.5956 1.8400 0.2335 136.847
20 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 15 1'45.6119 1.8563 0.0163 136.825
21 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 10 1'45.6192 1.8636 0.0073 136.816
22 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 7 1'46.9085 3.1529 1.2893 135.166
23 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Carlin 4 2'03.0777 19.3221 16.1692 117.409
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