Gateway IndyCar: Rossi leads final practice, Fittipaldi stars

Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon were fastest in tonight’s final practice at Gateway and will start from the front row tomorrow, but Pietro Fittipaldi who starts last, put his Dale Coyne Racing car in third in a Honda-dominated session.

Gateway IndyCar: Rossi leads final practice, Fittipaldi stars

Rossi’s Andretti Autosport-Honda lapped the 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park oval in 24.582sec, an average of 183.050mph, on his 110th of 115 laps in the 90min session.

That was a mere 0.0051sec faster than Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda, while Fittipaldi was 0.1sec behind in only his third race back since breaking his legs in a WEC race at Spa. However

Ed Jones made it two Ganassi cars in the top four, with Zach Veach and Ryan Hunter-Reay making three Andretti cars in the top six.

AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan was seventh and fastest of the Chevrolet entries, while Graham Rahal’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car was eighth, having completed the most laps of anyone – 138. The second Coyne car of Sebastien Bourdais was ninth and the fastest of the Team Penske-Chevrolets was Will Power in 10th.

Power’s teammate Josef Newgarden, defending race winner here at Gateway, had the only incident of the night, scraping the wall with both right-side wheels exiting Turn 4. He briefly returned to the track, before calling it quits.

Cla # Driver Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 27 United States Alexander Rossi 115 24.5821     183.060
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon 120 24.5872 0.0051 0.0051 183.022
3 19 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi 119 24.6854 0.1033 0.0982 182.294
4 10 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones 104 24.6889 0.1068 0.0035 182.268
5 26 United States Zach Veach 142 24.6913 0.1092 0.0024 182.250
6 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 105 24.6988 0.1167 0.0075 182.195
7 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan 69 24.7562 0.1741 0.0574 181.773
8 15 United States Graham Rahal 149 24.8649 0.2828 0.1087 180.978
9 18 France Sébastien Bourdais 124 24.8723 0.2902 0.0074 180.924
10 12 Australia Will Power 115 24.8835 0.3014 0.0112 180.843
11 98 United States Marco Andretti 98 24.8910 0.3089 0.0075 180.788
12 1 United States Josef Newgarden 61 24.9192 0.3371 0.0282 180.584
13 30 Japan Takuma Sato 122 24.9339 0.3518 0.0147 180.477
14 22 France Simon Pagenaud 87 24.9363 0.3542 0.0024 180.460
15 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe 87 25.0879 0.5058 0.1516 179.369
16 88 Colombia Gabby Chaves 114 25.1060 0.5239 0.0181 179.240
17 21 United States Spencer Pigot 88 25.1134 0.5313 0.0074 179.187
18 20 United States Ed Carpenter 81 25.1325 0.5504 0.0191 179.051
19 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton 91 25.2007 0.6186 0.0682 178.566
20 4 Brazil Matheus Leist 89 25.2967 0.7146 0.0960 177.889
21 23 United States Charlie Kimball 100 25.3342 0.7521 0.0375 177.626
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