Gateway IndyCar: Rookies star in opening practice

Santino Ferrucci of Dale Coyne Racing and Marcus Ericsson of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports put rookies in the spotlight at World Wide Technology Raceway as they finished first and second respectively in opening practice for the final oval race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Ferrucci’s 184.804mph / 24.3501sec around the 1.25-mile course was enough to beat fellow Rookie of the Year contender Ericsson by just 0.0366sec beating championship contenders Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda and 2017 Gateway winner Josef Newgarden of Team Penske-Chevrolet.

Perhaps with some bearing on single-car qualifying, however, Dixon was second fastest in the no-tow speeds.

Ferrucci’s Coyne teammate in the AIM Vasser-Sullivan car was fifth ahead of Andretti Autosport-Honda’s top contender Alexander Rossi. Last year’s winner here, Will Power was eighth, one of only two Chevrolet cars in the Top 10.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Hondas of Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal were only eighth and 16th, but were third and first respectively in the no-tow speeds.

Conor Daly and Charlie Kimball in the two Carlin-Chevrolets were 13thand 19thfastest, but James Hinchcliffe was a disappointing P22 in the second Arrow SPM machine – albeit only 0.6330sec off the top spot.

Qualifying starts at 5.15pm local (Central) time.

ClaDriverTeamTimeGapIntervalMph
1 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 24.3501   184.804
2 Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 24.3867 0.0366 0.0366 184.527
3 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 24.3991 0.0490 0.0124 184.433
4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 24.4103 0.0602 0.0112 184.348
5 Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 24.4283 0.0782 0.0180 184.213
6 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 24.5021 0.1520 0.0738 183.658
7 Will Power Team Penske 24.5089 0.1588 0.0068 183.607
8 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 24.5107 0.1606 0.0018 183.593
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 24.5664 0.2163 0.0557 183.177
10 Colton Herta Harding Racing 24.5922 0.2421 0.0258 182.985
11 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 24.6112 0.2611 0.0190 182.844
12 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 24.6209 0.2708 0.0097 182.772
13 Conor Daly Carlin 24.6211 0.2710 0.0002 182.770
14 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 24.6789 0.3288 0.0578 182.342
15 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 24.6899 0.3398 0.0110 182.261
16 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 24.7077 0.3576 0.0178 182.129
17 Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 24.7679 0.4178 0.0602 181.687
18 Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises 24.7937 0.4436 0.0258 181.498
19 Charlie Kimball Carlin 24.8318 0.4817 0.0381 181.219
20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 24.8447 0.4946 0.0129 181.125
21 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 24.9142 0.5641 0.0695 180.620
22 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 24.9831 0.6330 0.0689 180.122

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