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Iowa IndyCar: Penske-Chevrolet goes 1-2-3 in practice

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden led his teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power in the only practice session prior to this afternoon’s qualifying runs for IndyCar's Iowa 300.

Iowa IndyCar: Penske-Chevrolet goes 1-2-3 in practice

Newgarden turned 38 laps, his 30th being his best – 17.8961sec at 179.838mph – to eclipse Pagenaud by just 0.1308sec, which still equates to 1.3mph around the 0.894-mile oval.

This year, IndyCars have their Borg-Warner twin turbos set at 1.5-bar boost – the same as on road and street courses – at the short ovals here in Iowa and also at Gateway next month. 

Power was just 0.133mph adrift of Pagenaud and ahead of Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay who were split by Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Scott Dixon.

Tony Kanaan was the surprise of the session, with seventh fastest time in the AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet ahead of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda’s James Hinchcliffe.

Felix Rosenqvist was top rookie in the second Ganassi machine, but was split from compatriot and second Arrow SPM driver Marcus Ericsson only by Zach Veach’s Andretti machine.

There were two lengthy caution periods for track inspections in an otherwise incident-free hour.

Two-lap qualifying starts at 1.15pm local (Central) time with a further hour of practice starting at 6pm.

Session results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap Mph
1 2 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 17.8961 179.838
2 22 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 18.0269 0.1308 178.533
3 12 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 18.0404 0.1443 178.400
4 27 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 18.1221 0.2260 177.595
5 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 18.1374 0.2413 177.445
6 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 18.1536 0.2575 177.287
7 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.2526 0.3565 176.326
8 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 18.2583 0.3622 176.271
9 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 18.2937 0.3976 175.929
10 26 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 18.3253 0.4292 175.626
11 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 18.3502 0.4541 175.388
12 19 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 18.3699 0.4738 175.200
13 18 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 18.3915 0.4954 174.994
14 30 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 18.4741 0.5780 174.211
15 20 United States Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter Racing 18.4788 0.5827 174.167
16 21 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 18.4862 0.5901 174.097
17 15 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 18.5623 0.6662 173.384
18 31 United States Sage Karam
Carlin 18.6224 0.7263 172.824
19 88 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 18.6297 0.7336 172.756
20 59 United States Conor Daly
Carlin 18.6848 0.7887 172.247
21 98 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 18.7572 0.8611 171.582
22 4 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.9051 1.0090 170.240
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