Road America IndyCar: Rossi beats Penskes to top spot in practice

David Malsher
Autosport
Rossi beats Penskes in Road America practice
Rossi beats Penskes in Road America practice

Alexander Rossi produced a strong lap on soft tyres to beat Penske drivers Will Power and Josef Newgarden to top spot in practice for IndyCar's Road America race.

Rossi was the first driver of the weekend to set a 140mph-average lap, recording a 1m43.1206s lap of the 4.014-mile track in second practice in his Honda-powered Andretti Autosport entry.

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That effort put him 0.2883 seconds clear of Power, whose best time eclipsed Newgarden's by just 0.0669s. Both also set their times on the softer alternate compound.

Colton Herta was fourth fastest for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, just 0.0049s ahead of fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist in the faster of the two Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas, while Graham Rahal was sixth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was seventh in his Andretti Autosport-Honda, having topped the first practice session, ahead of James Hinchcliffe, Patricio O'Ward (Carlin-Chevrolet) and Marco Andretti.

Simon Pagenaud was only 15th in the third Penske, just ahead of the two AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolets.

Hunter-Reay's fastest time in an opening practice that was twice halted by red flags caused by Jack Harvey was a 1m43.7556s.

The first stoppage came after 20 minutes when Michael Shank Racing driver Harvey ground to a halt at Turn 12 with an electrical problem.

That issue was reserved, and Harvey returned to the track after serving a five-minute penalty for causing the red flag - only to suffer a stuck throttle at the same spot, before skating over the gravel trap and nosing into a tyre barrier.

Harvey's first off had shortened the original 30-minute period in which drivers were permitted to use their push-to-pass boost, which protected Hunter-Reay's place at the head of the order.

Takuma Sato ended up second in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, 0.0688s behind, ahead of Scott Dixon's Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.

Power and Newgarden were fourth and fifth, with Rossi behind the two in that session.

FP1 times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.7556s

2

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.0688s

3

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.2286s

4

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.2838s

5

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.3150s

6

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.4283s

7

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.6423s

8

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.6468s

9

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.6630s

10

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

0.8307s

11

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.8660s

12

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9844s

13

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.0875s

14

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.1494s

15

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.1973s

16

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.2276s

17

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1.2902s

18

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.6065s

19

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.8400s

20

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1.8563s

21

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1.8636s

22

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

3.1529s

23

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

19.3221s

FP2 times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m43.1206s

2

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.2883s

3

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.3552s

4

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.6209s

5

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.6258s

6

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.8566s

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.8930s

8

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.9217s

9

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.9372s

10

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

0.9525s

11

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.0453s

12

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1.0812s

13

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.0889s

14

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.1230s

15

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.3736s

16

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.4655s

17

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.4845s

18

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1.4935s

19

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.5394s

20

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1.5786s

21

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.8618s

22

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1.9427s

23

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

2.1211s

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