Herta stays top of IndyCar Spring Training with startling lap

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Herta stays top of IndyCar Spring Training with startling lap
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Feb 12, 2019, 11:54 PM

Colton Herta laid down a 1min46.6258sec lap at Circuit of The Americas to hold onto his top spot from this morning in the solo Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda entry.

At the time, with 67mins of the three hour session still to run, Herta’s time was an amazing 1.4sec quicker than his nearest opposition.

Team Penske’s Will Power whittled that deficit down to 0.48sec three laps from the end, but then spun coming to the final turn.

"I'm super happy with how the day went," said Herta, 2018 Indy Lights runner-up. "We did some great things to the car and I'm very happy with how the boys got everything together in time for this test.

"Everyone did a fantastic job and there were no issues with the car; it was perfect. We kept chipping away and kept finding time. By the end of the day, we were quickest by quite a margin. I can't wait for tomorrow now."

Power's temporary – and previous – teammate Helio Castroneves in a fourth Penske, was allowed to halt his full-fuel load runs to jump up to third place, albeit 1sec off the ultimate lap from Herta.

Rookie Felix Rosenqvist outpaced Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda teammate by 0.0023sec to grab fourth spot, while Simon Pagenaud made it three Penskes in the top six win

Alexander Rossi was fastest of the Andretti Autosport-Hondas in seventh place, a couple of tenths faster than Graham Rahal who showed major improvement from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s form at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca test last Friday.

Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci did a fine job to slot into ninth ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot who, along with Rosenqvist turned the most laps of the session (38).

Marcus Ericsson and James Hinchcliffe were 11th and 12th for Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, ahead of Josef Newgarden in the fourth Penske entry.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who had to have a tow-in early in the three-hour session, narrowly edged teammate Marco Andretti, while RC Enerson was 18th in the faster of the two Carlin-Chevys.

Ed Jones pipped former teammate Bourdais to ninth, while Kyle Kaiser’s Juncos Racing entry was 24th, 3.25sec off Herta’s pace after missing the morning session.

Tony Kanaan’s AJ Foyt Racing-Chevy lunched its gearbox, so he only completed six laps.

 

P No Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps LapTime LPit Led ST FSpeed Elapsed Engine Tire Points Team
1 88 Colton Herta 1:46.626 --.---- --.---- 11 22 1:55.024 21   24 115.132 2:59:36.720 Honda P 27 Harding Steinbrenner Racing
2 12 Will Power 1:47.104 0.4786 0.4786 27 28 1:48.244 25   16 114.617 2:58:04.112 Chevy P 10 Team Penske
3 3 Helio Castroneves 1:47.695 1.0691 0.5905 35 36 2:06.033 33   22 113.989 2:58:15.408 Chevy P 2 Team Penske
4 10 Felix Rosenqvist 1:48.045 1.4193 0.3502 27 38 2:15.156 35   5 113.619 3:00:27.551 Honda P 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
5 9 Scott Dixon 1:48.047 1.4216 0.0023 22 28 1:50.989 27   4 113.617 2:53:50.376 Honda P 7 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
6 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:48.058 1.4324 0.0108 23 33 2:05.953 29   18 113.605 3:00:23.929 Chevy P 17 Team Penske
7 27 Alexander Rossi 1:48.122 1.4958 0.0634 22 30 1:49.897 29   11 113.539 2:57:13.635 Honda P 21 Andretti Autosport
8 15 Graham Rahal 1:48.341 1.7152 0.2194 25 32 1:53.344 31   17 113.309 2:59:08.656 Honda P 12 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
9 19 Santino Ferrucci 1:48.385 1.7593 0.0441 16 22 1:49.844 21   9 113.263 2:58:30.747 Honda P 14 Dale Coyne Racing
10 21 Spencer Pigot 1:48.399 1.7729 0.0136 20 38 1:48.827 36   3 113.249 2:58:37.400 Chevy P 16 Ed Carpenter Racing
11 7 Marcus Ericsson 1:48.406 1.7799 0.0070 22 28 1:50.884 25   25 113.241 2:56:55.838 Honda P 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport
12 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:48.410 1.7843 0.0044 27 28 1:53.800 25   20 113.237 2:54:52.889 Honda P 4 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
13 2 Josef Newgarden 1:48.421 1.7952 0.0109 17 22 1:50.207 21   23 113.225 2:58:26.278 Chevy P 1 Team Penske
14 26 Zach Veach 1:48.569 1.9435 0.1483 22 26 1:49.728 24   13 113.071 2:55:44.945 Honda P 20 Andretti Autosport
15 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:48.710 2.0838 0.1403 20 21 1:49.256 19   12 112.925 2:42:33.834 Honda P 22 Andretti Autosport
16 98 Marco Andretti 1:48.714 2.0885 0.0047 15 20 1:50.215 19   15 112.920 2:57:36.908 Honda P 28 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
17 60 Jack Harvey 1:48.901 2.2757 0.1872 27 27 1:48.901 24   8 112.726 2:58:20.517 Honda P 25 Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM
18 23 RC Enerson 1:48.996 2.3697 0.0940 15 27 1:50.201 24   19 112.629 2:43:30.517 Chevy P 18 Carlin
19 20 Ed Jones 1:49.208 2.5819 0.2122 19 28 1:48.975 26   10 112.410 2:58:49.238 Chevy P 15 Ed Carpenter Racing
20 18 Sebastien Bourdais 1:49.223 2.5973 0.0154 23 30 1:48.924 27   7 112.394 2:58:59.463 Honda P 13 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan
21 59 Max Chilton 1:49.266 2.6403 0.0430 29 30 1:55.928 26   14 112.350 2:55:31.333 Chevy P 24 Carlin
22 4 Matheus Leist 1:49.498 2.8717 0.2314 11 17 2:07.782 16   1 112.112 2:59:54.320 Chevy P 3 AJ Foyt Enterprises
23 30 Takuma Sato 1:49.524 2.8981 0.0264 11 19 2:14.076 17   2 112.085 3:00:09.071 Honda P 23 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
24 32 Kyle Kaiser 1:49.875 3.2489 0.3508 34 34 1:49.875 32   21 111.727 2:46:48.326 Chevy Po 9 Juncos Racing
25 14 Tony Kanaan 1:51.079 4.4533 1.2044 6 6 1:51.079 5   6 110.516 41:10.484 Chevy P 11 AJ Foyt Enterprises

 

 

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