Dixon Fastest in Mid-Ohio Final Practice

Chip Ganassi Racing‘s Scott Dixon went fastest in the brief 30-minute post-qualifying practice session ahead of the Honda Indy 200. Dixon, who qualified fifth for tomorrow’s race, showed that he’s got the pace to compete tomorrow with a lap time of 1:08.025 on the red-walled alternate tyre.

Colton Herta was the model of consistency, matching his second place qualifying effort with a second place finish in final practice. Across all three sessions today, Herta has not finished outside of the top three in any of them, showing good pace in the increasing temperatures.

Romain Grosjean recovered from a less than ideal qualifying to put together a strong lap and finish third, the highest up the scoring sheets he’s been all weekend. Grosjean was raced hard by fellow ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson late in the session and had choice words for the Swede over the radio after he pushed him off track in turn five, but the team said they will show him in the race tomorrow. Ericsson finished the session in eighth place.

Another ex-F1 driver found themselves fourth fastest, Carlin‘s Max Chilton. Chilton shot to the top of the charts late in the session, and finished the day with a top result for the small, single-car operation.

James Hinchcliffe added to his top-ten qualifying effort with a fifth place finish in final practice, the last of the Andretti Autosport cars in the top ten. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished the session in eighteenth and thirteenth respectively.

Championship leader Alex Palou finished the session sixth after just missing out on Q3 earlier in the afternoon while tomorrow’s polesitter Josef Newgarden finished in seventh. Newgarden’s Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin ended the day in ninth place, another practice top ten this weekend for the rookie from New Zealand.

Rounding out the top ten was Ed Jones of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, his best finish in a session this weekend.

Rinus Veekay and Felix Rosenqvist, who are both returning from injury this weekend, finished the session in nineteenth and twenty-second respectively. Ryan Norman, making his IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, finished the session in twenty-first.

WIth no morning warm-up tomorrow, the next time the cars will be on track is for the Honda Indy 200 at 1200 EST / 1700 BST.

Honda Indy 200 Final Practice Results

1 9 Scott Dixon NZL Chip Ganassi Racing 01:08.025
2 26 Colton Herta USA Andretti Autosport 01:08.074
3 51 Romain Grosjean (R) FRA Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing 01:08.149
4 59 Max Chilton GBR Carlin 01:08.164
5 29 James Hinchcliffe CAN Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport 01:08.242
6 10 Alex Palou ESP Chip Ganassi Racing 01:08.324
7 2 Josef Newgarden USA Team Penske 01:08.328
8 8 Marcus Ericsson SWE Chip Ganassi Racing 01:08.431
9 3 Scott McLaughlin (R) NZL Team Penske 01:08.443
10 18 Ed Jones UAE Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan 01:08.547
11 5 Pato O’Ward MEX Arrow McLaren SP 01:08.567
12 60 Jack Harvey GBR Meyer Shank Racing 01:08.649
13 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay USA Andretti Autosport 01:08.806
14 30 Takuma Sato JPN Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 01:08.827
15 14 Sebastien Bourdais FRA A.J. Foyt Enterprises 01:08.966
16 22 Simon Pagenaud FRA Team Penske 01:08.973
17 15 Graham Rahal USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 01:09.019
18 27 Alexander Rossi USA Andretti Autosport 01:09.145
19 21 Rinus VeeKay NED Ed Carpenter Racing 01:09.153
20 12 Will Power AUS Team Penske 01:09.216
21 52 Ryan Norman (R) USA Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing 01:09.291
22 7 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Arrow McLaren SP 01:09.326
23 20 Conor Daly USA Ed Carpenter Racing 01:09.480
24 45 Santino Ferrucci USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 01:09.917
25 4 Dalton Kellett CAN A.J. Foyt Enterprises 01:10.146
26 48 Jimmie Johnson (R) USA Chip Ganassi Racing 01:10.264
(R) – Rookie

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