As the NTT Indycar Series comes down from the high of the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, they now face a tricky double-header at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.
The weekend began with the only practice session the teams will get, with 90 minutes for the teams to get their setups spot on for Saturday’s race, the first of two which will both be during the day for the first time at this oval.
Pato O’Ward has been very impressive so far in 2020 and he was the man to beat in practice, topping the session for his Arrow McLaren SP team with the only lap above the 181 mph barrier.
The Mexican came close to his first Indycar win early in the year at Road America until Felix Rosenqvist snatched it away so he will be keen to convert this speed into a good qualifying and then race.
Will Power is a former winner at the WWT Raceway and looked ominously fast again ending the session second quickest ahead of series leader Scott Dixon who dominated the Indy 500 but to no avail.
He was beaten to his second 500 win by Takuma Sato – who claimed his own second Borg-Warner Trophy – and the Japanese racer was still on cloud nine as he ended the day fifth.
He was behind the sole Carlin entry again piloted by Conor Daly. The Indiana native won his first Indycar pole with the British team at Iowa and backed up the team’s potential again with fourth.
Jack Harvey has been getting stronger and stronger as the year progresses and in sixth, was the highest-placed Andretti Autosport affiliated driver in the field with Colton Herta the next best in tenth.
Alex Palou continues to rewrite what a rookie can do as he was seventh fastest for Dale Coyne Racing. He was the only driver to run over 100 laps as his teammate Santino Ferrucci was parked early with technical issues.
Marcus Ericsson is looking to right the wrongs of last week’s 500 after crashing his Chip Ganassi Racing car. He was eighth quickest ahead of the exciting Rinus VeeKay for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Many names you’d expect to see towards the sharp end weren’t quite at the races; Alexander Rossi (11th), Josef Newgarden (12th), Simon Pagenaud (18th) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (19th) will all be hoping for much better come qualifying tomorrow.
|Pos.||Name||Team||Lap Speed (mph)|
|1||Pato O’Ward||Arrow McLaren SP||181.532|
|2||Will Power||Team Penske||180.961|
|3||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||180.822|
|5||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||180:434|
|6||Jack Harvey||Meyer Shank Racing||180:246|
|7||Alex Palou||Dale Coyne Racing||180:182|
|8||Marcus Ericsson||Chip Ganassi Racing||180:157|
|9||Rinus VeeKay||Ed Carpenter Racing||180:104|
|10||Colton Herta||Andretti Harding Steinbrenner||179:835|
|11||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||178:902|
|12||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||178:874|
|13||Oliver Askew||Arrow McLaren SP||178:753|
|14||Tony Kanaan||AJ Foyt Racing||178:426|
|15||Felix Rosenqvist||Chip Ganassi Racing||178:248|
|16||Zach Veach||Andretti Autosport||177:760|
|17||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||177:687|
|18||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||176:981|
|19||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||176:917|
|20||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||176:824|
|21||Charlie Kimball||AJ Foyt Racing||176:222|
|22||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||175:892|
|23||Santino Ferrucci||Dale Coyne Racing||173.874|