Palou tops final IndyCar practice at Road America

Alex Palou

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou has set the pace in Final Practice for IndyCar’s Grand Prix at Road America.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver clocked a 1:46.2291s just past the halfway mark of the last, 30-minute session before Sunday’s (local time) race.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who has qualified on the front row, ended up second at 0.3046s off the pace with a lap he completed moments later, while previous fast man Simon Pagenaud (Meyer Shank Racing) finished 0.0415s slower again in third.

Fourth through sixth was David Malukas (Dale Coyne Racing w/ HMD Motorsports), Felix Rosenqvist (McLaren SP), and Romain Grosjean, the latter of whom lost five minutes of track time for ‘Failure to Follow the Direction of IndyCar (9.3.1.7)’.

Grosjean’s pole-sitting Andretti Autosport team-mate Alexander Rossi took seventh on a 1:47.2270s, from Pato O’Ward (McLaren SP), Will Power (Penske), and Christian Lundgaard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing).

Palou’s Final Practice benchmark was 1.3635s away from Rossi’s pole time as the focus shifted to longer runs, with the bulk of the laps completed on black tyres.

Scott McLaughlin (Penske) and Scott Dixon (Ganassi), who will share Row 5 on the starting grid, were close together on the timesheet once again as they wound up 13th and 14th respectively.

Around four minutes were lost towards the end of the session when Tatiana Calderon stopped at Turn 5, before the #11 AJ Foyt Racing entry was removed from the track and the green flag flew for five more minutes of action.

As was the case in the first two rounds of qualifying, earlier in the day, light rain fell at times but did not seem to have any significant impact on proceedings.

Stan Sport’s live and ad-free coverage resumes tomorrow morning at 02:30 AEST, with a green flag in the 55-lap race scheduled for 02:55 AEST.

Results: Final Practice

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Fastest lap Split 1st/prev Lap
1 10 Alex Palou D/H/F 1:46.2291   5/11
2 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 1:46.5337 0.3046/0.3046 4/9
3 60 Simon Pagenaud D/H/F 1:46.5752 0.3461/0.0415 4/12
4 18 David Malukas D/H/F 1:46.7581 0.5290/0.1829 4/10
5 7 Felix Rosenqvist D/C/F 1:47.0441 0.8150/0.2860 5/10
6 28 Romain Grosjean D/H/F 1:47.0650 0.8359/0.0209 4/9
7 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 1:47.2270 0.9979/0.1620 3/10
8 5 Pato O’Ward D/C/F 1:47.3212 1.0921/0.0942 9/13
9 12 Will Power D/C/F 1:47.4346 1.2055/0.1134 5/12
10 30 Christian Lundgaard D/H/F 1:47.4798 1.2507/0.0452 6/9
11 14 Kyle Kirkwood D/C/F 1:47.5866 1.3575/0.1068 4/10
12 21 Rinus VeeKay D/C/F 1:47.5907 1.3616/0.0041 4/10
13 3 Scott McLaughlin D/C/F 1:47.5956 1.3665/0.0049 5/11
14 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 1:47.6045 1.3754/0.0089 5/9
15 20 Conor Daly D/C/F 1:47.6285 1.3994/0.0240 5/9
16 26 Colton Herta D/H/F 1:47.6584 1.4293/0.0299 5/9
17 29 Devlin DeFrancesco D/H/F 1:47.7094 1.4803/0.0510 5/13
18 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 1:48.0060 1.7769/0.2966 7/10
19 51 Takuma Sato D/H/F 1:48.0915 1.8624/0.0855 3/11
20 8 Marcus Ericsson D/H/F 1:48.2432 2.0141/0.1517 3/9
21 06 Helio Castroneves D/H/F 1:48.2747 2.0456/0.0315 7/12
22 45 Jack Harvey D/H/F 1:48.4751 2.2460/0.2004 8/11
23 48 Jimmie Johnson D/H/F 1:48.8560 2.6269/0.3809 10/12
24 4 Dalton Kellett D/C/F 1:49.3557 3.1266/0.4997 5/11
25 11 Tatiana Calderon D/C/F 1:49.4302 3.2011/0.0745 7/9
26 16 Simona De Silvestro D/C/F 1:50.3133 4.0842/0.8831 7/13
27 77 Callum Ilott D/C/F 1:51.1885 4.9594/0.8752 5/9

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