St. Petersburg IndyCar: RLLR cars go 1-2 in warm-up

Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal hinted at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda’s potential for this afternoon’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg after going 1-2 in the Sunday morning warm-up.

St. Petersburg IndyCar: RLLR cars go 1-2 in warm-up

Sato lapped the 1.8-mile track in 61.0942sec, a mere 0.0811sec faster than teammate Rahal, while Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi, who have qualified fifth and sixth for the race, finished third and fourth in the session.

A bigger surprise was Matheus Leist who finished as top Chevrolet runner in fifth, 0.32sec off the top for AJ Foyt Racing.

Josef Newgarden, who finished the session sixth, had his practice halted early by a five-minute penalty for bringing out a red-flag when he spun his Team Penske-Chevrolet at Turn 13 and stalled.

A few minutes earlier, Scott Dixon, who has been wrestling his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda all weekend, had a journey down an escape road but spun turn and rejoined. He ended the session in 10th.

Between Newgarden and Dixon were Marco Andretti (Andretti), Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy), and Zach Veach (Andretti).

Defending race winner Sebastien Bourdais was 15th for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, while polesitter Will Power clocked 17th, just behind teammate Pagenaud.

Raceday coverage begins at 12.30pm ET on NBCSN, with the green flag set to drop at 1.37pm.

Cla # Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 30 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19 1'01.0942     106.066
2 15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19 1'01.1753 0.0811 0.0811 105.925
3 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 11 1'01.3682 0.2740 0.1929 105.592
4 27 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 11 1'01.4047 0.3105 0.0365 105.529
5 4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 17 1'01.4187 0.3245 0.0140 105.505
6 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 7 1'01.4539 0.3597 0.0352 105.445
7 98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport 7 1'01.4665 0.3723 0.0126 105.423
8 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing 20 1'01.4851 0.3909 0.0186 105.391
9 26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport 18 1'01.5338 0.4396 0.0487 105.308
10 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 8 1'01.5692 0.4750 0.0354 105.247
11 88 United States Colton Herta United States Harding Racing 20 1'01.5864 0.4922 0.0172 105.218
12 19 United States Santino Ferrucci United States Dale Coyne Racing 16 1'01.6452 0.5510 0.0588 105.118
13 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 16 1'01.6608 0.5666 0.0156 105.091
14 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Chip Ganassi Racing 10 1'01.6981 0.6039 0.0373 105.028
15 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing 5 1'01.7606 0.6664 0.0625 104.921
16 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 24 1'01.9475 0.8533 0.1869 104.605
17 12 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 12 1'02.0470 0.9528 0.0995 104.437
18 20 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing 17 1'02.1073 1.0131 0.0603 104.336
19 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 9 1'02.1620 1.0678 0.0547 104.244
20 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 10 1'02.3789 1.2847 0.2169 103.881
21 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin 12 1'02.4297 1.3355 0.0508 103.797
22 23 United States Charlie Kimball United Kingdom Carlin 10 1'02.5196 1.4254 0.0899 103.647
23 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 9 1'02.7050 1.6108 0.1854 103.341
24 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 8 1'03.7026 2.6084 0.9976 101.723
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