IndyCar Mid-Ohio: Herta tops practice running, Newgarden crashes

David Malsher
Autosport
Herta tops practice running at Mid-Ohio
Herta tops practice running at Mid-Ohio

Colton Herta topped IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, while championship leader Josef Newgarden crashed.

In the second session, Newgarden was lying 11th fastest when he headed out on Firestone red tyres, but when he dropped a wheel off the curb exiting Turn 9, the car spun through 180-degrees and went backwards the tyre wall on the corner exit.

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The red flags flew, with Newgarden given a five-minute penalty for causing them, which ended a session that restarted with less than two minutes to go.

That allowed the drivers just one final crack at a setting representative time, but with most cars tripping over each other in the traffic there were no improvements.

Herta's 1m05.729 second lap of the 2.258-mile roadcourse - a 123.671mph lap - therefore held firm in first place.

He ended up over 0.2s ahead of his nearest rivals and was almost 0.3s clear of the fastest of his Andretti team-mates - Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was fifth.

Simon Pagenaud was second fastest for Penske, pipping his team-mate Will Power, who set his fastest time on the primary tyre and was fastest on that harder compound.

Felix Rosenqvist was the top Chip Ganassi Racing driver in fourth, while James Hinchcliffe was again fast in his Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-run car to take sixth.

Matheus Leist's taking seventh for AJ Foyt Racing was a surprise boost for the beleaguered team, as he finished ahead of Jack Harvey.

Alexander Rossi appeared to be struggling with the handling of his car and languished in 13th in FP2, just ahead of his team-mate Zach Veach.

RC Enerson finished the session in 15th for Carlin, just in front of his team-mate Max Chilton.

Enerson, returning to IndyCar for the first time in three years, caused a minor fracas at the end of the session when he barged his way ahead of drivers who were trying to make a gap to try for one last flying effort.

This was put down to him simply not knowing the new-for-2019 rule that means so long as they emerge from the pitlane within 40s of the restart following a late red flag in practice, drivers are guaranteed an out-lap and a flying lap.

In FP1, Scott Dixon topped the order with a time of 1m06.097s for Ganassi.

He ended up 0.148s ahead of Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing), who out Pagenaud and Newgarden

FP2 results

Pos

Driver

Team

Gap

Laps

1

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

1m05.7292s

16

2

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

0.2021s

15

3

Will Power

Team Penske

0.2643s

16

4

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

0.2926s

24

5

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

0.2994s

13

6

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

0.3026s

14

7

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

0.4335s

15

8

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

0.5188s

19

9

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

0.6199s

15

10

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

0.7074s

16

11

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

0.8415s

14

12

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

0.8473s

13

13

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

0.8514s

13

14

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

0.9218s

18

15

R.C. Enerson

Carlin

0.9407s

21

16

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

1.0103s

16

17

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

1.0231s

14

18

Max Chilton

Carlin

1.0582s

15

19

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

1.1749s

14

20

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

1.2244s

15

21

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

1.2358s

16

22

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

1.3848s

14

23

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

1.5463s

15

FP1 results

Pos

Driver

Team

Gap

Laps

1

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

1m06.0973s

13

2

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

0.1482s

14

3

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

0.1692s

16

4

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

0.2091s

15

5

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

0.2638s

14

6

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

0.3521s

14

7

Will Power

Team Penske

0.4868s

18

8

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

0.5077s

24

9

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

0.6422s

13

10

Max Chilton

Carlin

0.8391s

16

11

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

0.9387s

13

12

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

0.9528s

18

13

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

1.0070s

15

14

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

1.0499s

14

15

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

1.1623s

15

16

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

1.2001s

14

17

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

1.2311s

13

18

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

1.2336s

21

19

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

1.2703s

16

20

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

1.3222s

17

21

R.C. Enerson

Carlin

1.5602s

24

22

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

1.7457s

15

23

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

1.8458s

13


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