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Friday at the Circuit of the Americas

  • 22 Mar 2019 22:18
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

IndyCar makes its debut at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, which is most well known for hosting the US Grand Prix.

However with the Formula 1 race months away, IndyCar makes use of the tarmac, with the second round of the NTT IndyCar Series travelling to Austin, Texas to the circuit that was opened in 2012.

The first two practice sessions were held on Friday as drivers prepare for qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

Free practice one

Running during the first session was limited, with a blown engine for Colton Herta costing the drivers 15 minutes of track time. Despite the problems from the young American, he ended the session in second place, behind championship leader Josef Newgarden.

There was a scurry for improvements after Herta's drama had been cleared up. However, very few of the drivers managed to set a faster lap time.

Alexander Rossi was third for Andretti, while his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay was a long way off in fourth. Graham Rahal was sixth, while the almost winner of the St. Petersburg race Felix Rosenqvist was sixth for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Patricio O'Ward made his first appearance of the season for Carlin, but ended the session further down the order.

Free practice one results
 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. Josef Newgarden Team Penske 1:48.6567       -
2. Colton Herta Harding Racing 1:48.7939 0.1372
3. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 1:49.0456 0.3889
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 1:49.5011 0.8444
5. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan
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1:49.5076 0.8509
6. Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 1:49.6846 1.0279
7. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 1:49.7204 1.0637
8. Will Power Team Penske 1:49.7380 1.0813
9. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:49.8542 1.1975
10. Max Chilton Carlin 1:50.0187 1.3620
11. Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1:50.0667 1.4100
12. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1:50.2005 1.5438
13. Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:50.2346 1.5779
14. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 1:50.3046 1.6479
15. Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 1:50.3986 1.7419
16. Patricio O'Ward Carlin 1:50.4896 1.8329
17. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 1:50.5477 1.8910
18. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 1:50.9096 2.2529
19. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan
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1:51.0908 2.4341
20. Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 1:51.3202 2.6635
21. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 1:51.5130 2.8563
22. Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:51.7326 3.0759
23. Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 1:51.7955 3.1388
24. Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing 1:52.6301 3.9734

 

Free practice two

There were no major dramas in the second session, with Team Penske continuing to lead the timesheets. However, this time around it was Will Power out on top, marginally ahead of rookie Felix Rosenqvist and Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi.

Once again, Hunter-Reay followed Rossi in fourth place, but ended the session ahead of Ed Jones who is running despite breaking a bone in his finger at St. Petersburg two weeks ago.

Zach Veach made it three out of the four Andretti's inside the top ten, as he headed Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud. Pagenaud's teammate Josef Newgarden was two places further down the order, with Takuma Sato lodged in between. Sebastian Bourdais rounded out the top ten.

After his engine blew up this morning, Colton Herta was late joining the session for Harding Steinbrenner Racing in an additional session that acts as the warm-up and hot pitstop practice.

Free practice two results

 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. Will Power Team Penske 1'47.4401      -
2. Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 1'47.6150 0.1749
3. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 1'47.9311 0.4910
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 1'48.1209 0.6808
5. Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing 1'48.1597 0.7196
6. Zach Veach  Andretti Autosport 1'48.1988 0.7587
7. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 1'48.2728 0.8327
8. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing
1'48.3484 0.9083
9. Josef Newgarden Team Penske 1'48.4497 1.0096
10. Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 1'48.4585 1.0184
11. Patricio O'Ward Carlin 1'48.5212 1.0811
12. James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'48.5311 1.0910
13. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing
1'48.5328 1.0927
14. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 1'48.5541 1.1140
15. Max Chilton Carlin 1'48.5643 1.1242
16. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1'48.5735 1.1334
17. Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'48.9461 1.5060
18 Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'49.0534 1.6133
19. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 1'49.1639 1.7238
20. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 1'49.2359 1.7958
21. Santino Ferrucci  Dale Coyne Racing 1'49.2512 1.8111
22. Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 1'50.5787 3.1386
23. Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'51.6903 4.2502
Photos IndyCar Circuit of the Americas 2019

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  • Hey Fergal, any chance of getting some highlights of FE weekends as well? I don't know about others but I like the FE racing scene as much, if not more than then IndyCar. Unfortunately the races aren't always available to watch on race weekends, so it would be nice to see some news. Some good racing going on there from the races I've seen so far this season.

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