IndyCar Road America: Josef Newgarden fastest in both practice sessions

David Malsher
Autosport
Newgarden tops Road America practice
Newgarden tops Road America practice

Josef Newgarden topped both IndyCar free practice sessions at Elkhart Lake, as drivers got their first taste of the new-for-2018 aerokit at the famous Road America circuit.

Newgarden's Penske-Chevrolet clocked a 1m42.6279s - an average of 140.804mph - to claim top spot by over quarter of a second from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda driver Robert Wickens in the faster second session.

Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest while Will Power and Simon Pagenaud were 0.43s and 0.53s respectively behind their reigning champion team-mate.

Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato put both Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Hondas into the top 10, separated by Detroit winners Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Ex-Force India Formula 1 test driver Alfonso Celis spun his Juncos Racing-Chevrolet at Turn 13 on his fourth lap of the afternoon session, launching over a curb and the grass, before tearing off his rear wing on a tyre barrier.

Newgarden was the only driver to break the 140mph barrier in the morning session, where he was four tenths clear of Sato, with Alexander Rossi third.

FP1 times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m43.0477s

13

2

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.4252s

13

3

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.5126s

11

4

Robert Wickens

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.5297s

12

5

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

0.8348s

11

6

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9952s

11

7

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.0603s

11

8

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1.0829s

12

9

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.1166s

11

10

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.2486s

15

11

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.2709s

12

12

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.3043s

13

13

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1.3924s

11

14

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.4104s

14

15

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.5486s

13

16

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.6293s

12

17

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1.6522s

12

18

Jordan King

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.7007s

15

19

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1.8178s

12

20

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.8573s

13

21

Zachary Claman

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.8647s

15

22

Alfonso Celis

Juncos Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.8687s

14

23

Gabby Chaves

Harding Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

3.4008s

12

FP2 times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m42.6279s

26

2

Robert Wickens

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.2746s

21

3

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.3741s

20

4

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.4266s

23

5

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.5320s

23

6

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.5716s

21

7

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.7933s

23

8

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.8476s

19

9

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.9131s

19

10

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

0.9942s

18

11

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.0280s

20

12

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1.0387s

19

13

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1.0620s

18

14

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1.2809s

18

15

Zachary Claman

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.2925s

20

16

Jordan King

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.3196s

22

17

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.5199s

19

18

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.5590s

22

19

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.5804s

24

20

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.7945s

22

21

Gabby Chaves

Harding Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.8349s

24

22

Charlie Kimball

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

2.5084s

22

23

Alfonso Celis

Juncos Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

3.5313s

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