Lundgaard stars as Palou tops tight Indianapolis practice
Saturday 14th August, 2021 - 7:50am
IndyCar Series leader Alex Palou edged out Rinus VeeKay by a mere 0.0223s in the sole practice session at the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix.
Racing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, the Spaniard clocked a session best 1:10.8839s on his 17th lap for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Less than one tenth of a second covered the top four with VeeKay (Ed Carpenter Racing) second, Pato O’Ward third for McLaren SP and 0.0428s off the pace, while outgoing Meyer Shank Racing driver Jack Harvey was fourth and only 0.0558s in arrears of the top time.
Team Penske duo Josef Newgarden and Will Power were fifth and sixth respectively with series debutant Christian Lundgaard a standout seventh for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
The Alpine Academy driver, who races for r ART Grand Prix in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, is making a one-off cameo in the series this weekend.
The Danish driver’s team-mate Graham Rahal was eighth while last weekend’s Nashville winner Marcus Ericsson was ninth for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top 10, ending the session four tenths off the pace.
New Zealand’s Scotts were 15th and 20th respectively, Dixon ending the session 0.6019s off his team-mate while McLaughlin was 0.8881s adrift of the lead.
Perhaps most surprising of all was Colton Herta, who finished the session down in 26th for Andretti Autosport.
Herta was the cause of a late red flag with seven minutes remaining in the session after an apparent clutch issue ground his car to a halt at pit exit.
The 21-year-old had been blisteringly quick in last weekend’s Music City Grand Prix but only completed 16 laps in practice at Indianapolis, his best time coming on his third lap.
Qualifying for the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix gets underway today at 09:00 AEST.
Results: Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix, Practice
|1||10||Alex Palou||1:10.8839||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|2||21||Rinus VeeKay||1:10.9062||0.0223||0.0223||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|3||5||Pato O’Ward||1:10.9267||0.0428||0.0205||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|4||60||Jack Harvey||1:10.9397||0.0558||0.0130||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|5||2||Josef Newgarden||1:11.0850||0.2011||0.1453||Chevy||Team Penske|
|6||12||Will Power||1:11.1113||0.2274||0.0263||Chevy||Team Penske|
|7||45||Christian Lundgaard||1:11.1412||0.2573||0.0299||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|8||15||Graham Rahal||1:11.1553||0.2714||0.0141||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|9||8||Marcus Ericsson||1:11.2854||0.4015||0.1301||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||1:11.2972||0.4133||0.0118||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|11||27||Alexander Rossi||1:11.3067||0.4228||0.0095||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|12||22||Simon Pagenaud||1:11.3710||0.4871||0.0643||Chevy||Team Penske|
|13||51||Romain Grosjean||1:11.3919||0.5080||0.0209||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing|
|14||20||Conor Daly||1:11.4393||0.5554||0.0474||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|15||9||Scott Dixon||1:11.4858||0.6019||0.0465||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||6||Helio Castroneves||1:11.5472||0.6633||0.0614||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|17||29||James Hinchcliffe||1:11.5860||0.7021||0.0388||Honda||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport|
|18||14||Sebastien Bourdais||1:11.6385||0.7546||0.0525||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|19||7||Felix Rosenqvist||1:11.7291||0.8452||0.0906||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|20||3||Scott McLaughlin||1:11.7720||0.8881||0.0429||Chevy||Team Penske|
|21||18||Ed Jones||1:11.7966||0.9127||0.0246||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan|
|22||75||RC Enerson||1:12.0191||1.1352||0.2225||Chevy||Top Gun Racing|
|23||30||Takuma Sato||1:12.0270||1.1431||0.0079||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|25||4||Dalton Kellett||1:12.2029||1.3190||0.0284||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|26||26||Colton Herta||1:12.2410||1.3571||0.0381||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|27||48||Jimmie Johnson||1:12.2995||1.4156||0.0585||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|28||52||Cody Ware||1:13.5020||2.6181||1.2025||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing|