Newgarden fastest in final IndyCar practice, Harvey crashes

Jack Harvey crashes. Picture: Stan Sport

Josef Newgarden has set the pace in final practice at Texas Motor Speedway, while Jack Harvey crashed heavily around halfway into the hour-long hit-out.

Newgarden, who qualified seventh for Sunday’s (local time) second race of the 2022 IndyCar Series, went as quick as an average lap speed of 223.108mph in the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon took second in the #9 Honda and pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist third in the #7 McLaren SP entry, both at above 222mph, while fellow front row starter Scott McLaughlin ended up 16th-quickest in the #3 Penske car.

The session was pushed back by 45 minutes to facilitate ‘top line practice’, when seven drivers took the invitation to run the high line in a special hit-out designed to rubber in the second lane at TMS.

When final practice finally got underway, Newgarden was first to lap above 220mph when he drove Car #2 to a 23.5130s equating to 220.474mph.

He was joined there when Christian Lundgaard clocked a 23.5299s/220.315mph in the #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, before a yellow flag 10 minutes in for a track inspection.

Pato O’Ward was soon on top when the session went green again, driving the #5 McLaren SP Chevrolet to a 23.4749s/220.832mph which stood as the fastest lap until Alex Palou wheeled the #10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to a 23.4511s/221.056mph in the 25th minute.

Three minutes later, yellows flew again, but for a less innocuous reason than before.

Harvey drifted wide exiting Turn 2 and just brushed the wall, but that was enough to cause him to spin into a hard hit with the barriers on drivers’ left.

Note the dust as Harvey scuffs the wall exiting Turn 2. Picture: Stan Sport

The impact caused sizeable damage to Car #45 although the Briton was able to walk away and the RLLR crew had fetched a spare chassis from their truck before practice had even resumed.

Despite the delay to recover Harvey’s car, only a net four minutes was lost when IndyCar officials added another 10 to the session.

Upon the green flag, Newgarden punched out a 23.3935s/221.600mph and then a 23.2354s/223.108mph on consecutive laps to firmly reclaim first position.

Graham Rahal had qualified last in the 27-car field but was second in final practice when he set a 23.3916s/221.618mph in the #15 RLLR entry, albeit soon usurped by Rosenqvist’s 23.2819s/222.662mph in the #7 Chevrolet.

Dixon split Newgarden and Rosenqvist in the final four minutes with a 23.2752s/222.726mph in the #9 Honda, shuffling the pole-sitter to third and Lundgaard to fourth.

Rounding up the top 10 were Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport), Takuma Sato (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR), Rahal, Helio Castroneves (Meyer Shank Racing), Romain Grosjean (Andretti), and Devlin DeFrancesco (Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport).

Palou finished up 11th and CGR team-mate Jimmie Johnson 13th, the latter’s career-best result in any IndyCar session as he makes his competitive oval debut in the category.

McLaughlin was 16th on a personal-best 23.5975s/219.870mph, and team-mate Will Power 19th on a 23.6438s/219.254mph.

Despite the special practice session just prior, in which Power was a participant, the high line at the Fort Worth circuit remained relatively unpopular.

Race start is scheduled for Monday at 03:45 AEDT, with live and ad-free streaming on Stan Sport from 03:30 AEDT.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Fastest lap Speed (mph) Split 1st/prev Lap
1 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:23.2354 223.108   23/73
2 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:23.2752 222.726 0.0398/0.0398 60/65
3 7 Felix Rosenqvist D/C/F 0:23.2819 222.662 0.0465/0.0067 57/93
4 30 Christian Lundgaard D/H/F 0:23.3730 221.794 0.1376/0.0911 82/89
5 26 Colton Herta D/H/F 0:23.3776 221.751 0.1422/0.0046 43/74
6 51 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:23.3829 221.700 0.1475/0.0053 47/89
7 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:23.3916 221.618 0.1562/0.0087 32/63
8 06 Helio Castroneves D/H/F 0:23.4041 221.500 0.1687/0.0125 38/71
9 28 Romain Grosjean D/H/F 0:23.4219 221.331 0.1865/0.0178 38/84
10 29 Devlin DeFrancesco D/H/F 0:23.4341 221.216 0.1987/0.0122 47/81
11 10 Alex Palou D/H/F 0:23.4511 221.056 0.2157/0.0170 19/55
12 5 Pato O’Ward D/C/F 0:23.4749 220.832 0.2395/0.0238 15/75
13 48 Jimmie Johnson D/H/F 0:23.4850 220.737 0.2496/0.0101 63/100
14 8 Marcus Ericsson D/H/F 0:23.5096 220.506 0.2742/0.0246 72/76
15 14 Kyle Kirkwood D/C/F 0:23.5776 219.870 0.3422/0.0680 32/68
16 3 Scott McLaughlin D/C/F 0:23.5975 219.684 0.3621/0.0199 8/76
17 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:23.6282 219.399 0.3928/0.0307 4/75
18 21 Rinus VeeKay D/C/F 0:23.6347 219.339 0.3993/0.0065 5/88
19 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:23.6438 219.254 0.4084/0.0091 40/83
20 60 Simon Pagenaud D/H/F 0:23.6674 219.035 0.4320/0.0236 33/55
21 20 Conor Daly D/C/F 0:23.6841 218.881 0.4487/0.0167 10/56
22 77 Callum Ilott D/C/F 0:23.7242 218.511 0.4888/0.0401 7/76
23 33 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:23.7555 218.223 0.5201/0.0313 3/57
24 18 David Malukas D/H/F 0:23.7736 218.057 0.5382/0.0181 28/89
25 45 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:23.8260 217.577 0.5906/0.0524 6/25
26 4 Dalton Kellett D/C/F 0:23.9263 216.665 0.6909/0.1003 2/41
27 11 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:24.0716 215.358 0.8362/0.1453 4/44

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