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.
|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|
|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|
|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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