Herta races to the top of the warm-up boards
In numbers: Warm-up results
NTT P1 Award winner Colton Herta stayed ahead in the morning warm-up for the Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg on Sunday, leading the final practice with a fastest lap of 1 minute, 0.6632 of a second in Gainbridge n ° 26. Honda.
Herta’s race setup was only three tenths of a second slower than his pole position lap of 1: 00.3210 on Saturday afternoon.
Cloudy conditions cooled the temporary 14-turn, 1.8-mile road circuit this morning, but drivers will face increased wet humidity during the 100-lap race today. Coverage begins at noon (ET) on NBC and the INDYCAR radio network.
The reigning Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Takuma Sato could be a driver to watch for a charge into the 24-car field later today. He finished second in the warm-up at 1: 00.6768 in the No. 30 Honda Panasonic / Shield Cleansers. Sato started 15th in the race.
Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon finished third with 1: 00.8092 in the No.9 Honda PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing, followed by rookie Scott McLaughlin at 1: 00.8720 in the No.3 DEX team Imaging Team Penske Chevrolet.
Rinus VeeKay completed the top five at 1: 00.9414 in the No. 21 SONAX / Autogeek Chevrolet.
The ultra-competitive nature of the series was shown again this weekend on the timesheets. Less than a second separated the first 17 drivers during the warm-up.
Pato O’Ward triggered the only incident in the 30-minute session when he passed Turn 4 in his No. 5 Chevrolet Arrow McLaren SP and stalled his car trying to get back onto the track.
The Dale Coyne Racing team with RWR might have a bit of extra work to do in the three hours between the end of the warm-up and the start of the race, as reruns on Peacock Premium showed smoke behind the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda driven by rookie Romain Grosjean.