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Road America IndyCar: Newgarden leads final practice

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Road America IndyCar: Newgarden leads final practice
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Jun 22, 2019, 5:05 PM

Championship leader Josef Newgarden put the #2 Team Penske-Chevrolet at the top of the times in final practice for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, although some of his rivals had their best laps interrupted by a red flag caused by a spin for Graham Rahal.

Despite running primaries Newgarden turned the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1min42.8825sec lap of the fabulous 4.014-mile track near Elkhart Lake, WI., beating Colton Herta’s Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda by 0.2872sec.

IndyCar allowed drivers one last timed lap after the red flag, and Newgarden’s teammate Will Power improved despite the primary tires taking longer to warm up than the red alternates. He leapfrogged to third ahead of two Andretti Autosport-Hondas of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi.

Spencer Pigot was a highly impressive sixth for Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy ahead of Felix Rosenqvist who was again the faster of the two Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas.

Santino Ferrucci clocked eighth fastest for Dale Coyne Racing, ahead of fellow rookie Patricio O’Ward in the Carlin-Chevy who twitched off course but swerved around the Chevy trackside signage.

Rahal’s spin came as he exited right-handed Turn 6 on a flying lap, slithered over the exit curb and spun to the inside, brushing the wall with his left rear and scraping it with his wing. He was more disappointed at the team’s relative lack of pace this weekend, as the two Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Hondas wound up 16th and 18th.

Qualifying begins at 3pm local (Central) time.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 11 1'42.8825 140.455
2 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 12 1'43.1697 0.2872 0.2872 140.064
3 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 15 1'43.1838 0.3013 0.0141 140.045
4 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 12 1'43.2023 0.3198 0.0185 140.020
5 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 10 1'43.3341 0.4516 0.1318 139.842
6 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 16 1'43.4158 0.5333 0.0817 139.731
7 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 15 1'43.5405 0.6580 0.1247 139.563
8 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 16 1'43.6716 0.7891 0.1311 139.386
9 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 12 1'43.7367 0.8542 0.0651 139.299
10 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Carlin 13 1'43.7567 0.8742 0.0200 139.272
11 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 15 1'43.7580 0.8755 0.0013 139.270
12 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 14 1'43.7962 0.9137 0.0382 139.219
13 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 15 1'43.8598 0.9773 0.0636 139.134
14 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 14 1'43.8618 0.9793 0.0020 139.131
15 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 14 1'43.9225 1.0400 0.0607 139.050
16 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 11 1'43.9420 1.0595 0.0195 139.024
17 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing 15 1'43.9487 1.0662 0.0067 139.015
18 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 14 1'44.0237 1.1412 0.0750 138.914
19 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 14 1'44.0992 1.2167 0.0755 138.814
20 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 14 1'44.1131 1.2306 0.0139 138.795
21 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Carlin 14 1'44.2225 1.3400 0.1094 138.650
22 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 13 1'44.6487 1.7662 0.4262 138.085
23 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 13 1'44.7119 1.8294 0.0632 138.002
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Series IndyCar
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Author David Malsher-Lopez