IndyCar St. Pete: Herta leads Dixon in raceday warm-up

With his last lap of the session, Colton Herta edged championship aspirant Scott Dixon to lead IndyCar’s half-hour warm-up session ahead of this afternoon’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Herta, who will start third in his Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda, set a time of 61.6011sec on his 22nd and final tour of the 1.8-mile street/runway course to edge Dixon by 0.0243sec.

The Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda ace, survived a trip into the Turn 1 run-off zone, just after hitting top spot, and squeezed in 27 laps in the 30min session. He will roll off 12th as he guns for his sixth IndyCar championship.

Ganassi’s form looked strong, with Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson claiming third and 10th in the other CGR-Hondas, while Alexander Rossi – starting from the front row this afternoon – nabbed fourth spot.

Fastest Chevrolet runner was two-time St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais of AJ Foyt Racing.

James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay ensured three Andretti cars in the top 10, despite Hinchcliffe also making a trip into a runoff area, fortunately without damaging his car.

The only person who could beat Dixon to the title, Josef Newgarden, was ninth fastest, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Team Penske-Chevrolet teammate Scott McLaughlin – making his IndyCar race debut today – and a couple of tenths up on yesterday’s pole-winner Will Power.

The race begins at 2.30pm local (Eastern) time on NBC in the U.S..

ClaDriverTeamLapsTimeGapMph
1 Colton HertaAndretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport22 1’01.601  105.193
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing27 1’01.625 0.024 105.151
3 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing19 1’01.836 0.234 104.793
4 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport16 1’01.871 0.270 104.734
5 Sébastien Bourdais A.J. Foyt Enterprises21 1’01.982 0.380 104.546
6 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport26 1’01.991 0.390 104.531
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport19 1’02.131 0.530 104.295
8 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing26 1’02.213 0.612 104.157
9 Josef Newgarden Team Penske25 1’02.246 0.645 104.102
10 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing23 1’02.265 0.664 104.070
11 Alex PalouDale Coyne Racing with Team Goh21 1’02.276 0.675 104.052
12 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing21 1’02.292 0.691 104.025
13 Patricio O’WardArrow McLaren SP22 1’02.322 0.721 103.975
14 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing19 1’02.326 0.725 103.968
15 Scott McLaughlin Team Penske27 1’02.338 0.737 103.949
16 Will Power Team Penske26 1’02.450 0.848 103.763
17 Max Chilton Carlin21 1’02.659 1.058 103.416
18 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske27 1’02.684 1.082 103.376
19 Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani19 1’02.695 1.094 103.356
20 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing24 1’02.746 1.145 103.273
21 Santino FerrucciDale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan23 1’02.779 1.178 103.218
22 Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SP25 1’02.791 1.189 103.200
23 Rinus van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing26 1’02.811 1.210 103.166
24 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises18 1’03.360 1.759 102.271
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