IndyCar Barber: SPM's Hinchcliffe leads practice ahead of Herta

David Malsher
Autosport
Hinchcliffe leads Barber practice for SPM
Hinchcliffe leads Barber practice for SPM

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe set the fastest time of Friday IndyCar practice at Barber Motorsports Park ahead of Austin winner Colton Herta.

After Chip Ganassi racing driver Felix Rosenqvist had topped the damp first practice, Hinchcliffe set a best time of 1m08.999s in the second session.

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That put him 0.009s clear of Herta, with ex-Formula 2 driver Santino Ferrucci third for Dale Coyne Racing.

Herta was among several drivers who did not feel that the Firestone red tyres were offering a lot of extra grip at so far Barber this weekend - possibly because the support series for this event have left a blend of Pirelli, Yokohama, BF Goodrich and Hankook rubber on the racing line.

Sebastien Bourdais finished fourth in second practice, although his rookie team-mate Ferrucci understeered off the course into the tyre wall at Turn 15 during the session, causing a red flag.

Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay grabbed fifth and sixth for Andretti Autosport, ahead of the two fastest Chevrolet runners, Spencer Pigot of Ed Carpenter Racing and Carlin Racing's Patricio O'Ward.

Marco Andretti (Andretti) and Ganaasi's Scott Dixon completed the top 10, ahead of the Will Power, who ended up as the fastest Penske driver.

Marcus Ericsson was 14th for SPM, while Rosenqvist harmed his chances of a top 10 in second practice due to a long lock-up into Turn 5.

First practice results

Pos

Driver

Team

Gap

Laps

1

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

1m09.2296s

14

2

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

0.0454s

8

3

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

0.0980s

7

4

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

0.2077s

8

5

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

0.2156s

9

6

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

0.2691s

14

7

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

0.2711s

16

8

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

0.3183s

5

9

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

0.5726s

8

10

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

0.5998s

7

11

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

0.6841s

7

12

Will Power

Team Penske

0.7144s

11

13

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

0.7411s

6

14

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

0.8872s

7

15

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

0.8957s

14

16

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

0.9132s

4

17

Max Chilton

Carlin

1.0334s

9

18

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

1.0884s

8

19

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

1.3983s

7

20

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

1.5086s

8

21

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

1.5299s

8

22

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

1.8477s

8

23

Ben Hanley

DragonSpeed

2.1826s

12

24

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

24.4181s

1

Second practice results

Pos

Driver

Team

Gap

Laps

1

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

1m08.9994s

9

2

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

0.0090s

14

3

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

0.0467s

15

4

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

0.0974s

15

5

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

0.1146s

15

6

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

0.1551s

13

7

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

0.2061s

15

8

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

0.2735s

15

9

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

0.3119s

14

10

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

0.4085s

15

11

Will Power

Team Penske

0.4172s

13

12

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

0.4326s

14

13

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

0.4538s

14

14

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

0.5391s

15

15

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

0.5552s

17

16

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

0.5666s

14

17

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

0.5992s

17

18

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

0.6315s

14

19

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

0.8185s

18

20

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

0.8899s

17

21

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

0.8977s

14

22

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

1.0492s

14

23

Max Chilton

Carlin

1.0915s

17

24

Ben Hanley

DragonSpeed

1.7360s

18

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