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Long Beach IndyCar: Herta leads warm-up

Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda’s Colton Herta grabbed top spot in raceday warm-up for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, beating Marco Andretti by quarter of a second.

Long Beach IndyCar: Herta leads warm-up

Herta, who set his time on Firestone’s red alternate compound tires, set a best time of 67.1053sec, an average speed of 105.577mph around the classic 1.968-mile street course.

All four Andretti Autosport cars were in the top 10, with Andretti closely followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay in third, polesitter and defending race-winner Alexander Rossi in seventh and series sophomore Zach Veach in eighth.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda pair Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato, who locked out the front row at Barber Motorsports Park last week and qualified sixth and eighth for today’s race, finished warm-up in fourth and fifth. Sixth went to Scott Dixon, whose Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda will start on the front row this afternoon.

Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais was ninth in the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda, while Spencer Pigot was fastest Chevrolet driver in 10th.

Patricio O’Ward tagged a wall early in the session and had to pit for Carlin Racing to carry out repairs, but once his car was healthy, he went out and snuck ahead of all the Team Penske-Chevys, which will roll off from third, fourth and fifth this afternoon.

The green flag for the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will wave at 1:42pm local (Pacific) time.

Warm-up times:

Pos. # Driver Team Time Gap
1 88 United States Colton Herta United States Harding Racing 1'07.1053  
2 98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport 1'07.3466 0.2413
3 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 1'07.4017 0.2964
4 15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'07.5769 0.4716
5 30 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'07.7021 0.5968
6 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'07.9018 0.7965
7 27 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 1'07.9051 0.7998
8 26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport 1'08.3183 1.2130
9 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing 1'08.3749 1.2696
10 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'08.3886 1.2833
11 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'08.3990 1.2937
12 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United Kingdom Carlin 1'08.5285 1.4232
13 12 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 1'08.5326 1.4273
14 19 United States Santino Ferrucci United States Dale Coyne Racing 1'08.5393 1.4340
15 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 1'08.5887 1.4834
16 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'08.5927 1.4874
17 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'08.6564 1.5511
18 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Meyer Shank Racing 1'08.7401 1.6348
19 20 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'08.7455 1.6402
20 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 1'08.9668 1.8615
21 4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'08.9874 1.8821
22 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin 1'09.0233 1.9180
23 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'09.2629 2.1576

Starting grid:

Pos. # Driver Team Time Gap
1 27 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 1'06.4811  
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'06.7479 0.2668
3 12 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 1'06.8748 0.3937
4 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 1'06.9096 0.4285
5 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 1'07.1877 0.7066
6 15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'07.3052 0.8241
7 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 1'07.1520 0.6709
8 30 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'07.2626 0.7815
9 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United Kingdom Carlin 1'07.2764 0.7953
10 88 United States Colton Herta United States Harding Racing 1'07.7721 1.2910
11 98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport 1'08.3746 1.8935
12 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'08.4410 1.9599
13 19 United States Santino Ferrucci United States Dale Coyne Racing 1'08.1008 1.6197
14 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing 1'07.3135 0.8324
15 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'08.1811 1.7000
16 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin 1'07.4577 0.9766
17 20 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'08.7711 2.2900
18 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Meyer Shank Racing 1'07.5287 1.0476
19 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'08.9516 2.4705
20 4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'07.7317 1.2506
21 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 3'22.3800 2'15.8989
22 26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport 1'07.7822 1.3011
23 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'07.8763 1.3952
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