As the NTT Indycar Series prepares for it’s first back-to-back double header at Iowa Speedway, it was Colton Herta who ended Friday’s sole practice session fastest ahead of dual qualifying this evening.
Herta put in a lap speed of 171.990mph late in the session to end quickest as qualifying looms with both laps meaning a lot in terms of grid position.
The drivers’ first lap of their single-car, two-lap qualifying will determine their grid position for race one tonight while their second lap will be where they start for Saturday’s second race.
Carlin are the only single-car team in the field this weekend but that didn’t stop Conor Daly from achieving the second fastest speed around the 0.894 mile Iowa Speedway as he and the British team impressed.
Team Penske showed they had good pace in all of their cars with Will Power third, Josef Newgarden fifth and Simon Pagenaud sixth. Right in the mix with the Captain’s trio was Santino Ferrucci who was one of the biggest movers and shakers at this track in 2019.
Series leader Scott Dixon was quiet but still clocked over 170mph in seventh ahead of rookie Rinus VeeKay who will be hoping for better things after his last oval appearance at Texas saw him crash twice in one day.
Marcus Ericsson was ninth and the returning veteran Tony Kanaan was tenth for AJ Foyt Racing in an encouraging hours worth of track time.
There were a number of big names languishing down the times with the focus perhaps more on the race. Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal, Felix Rosenqvist among some of the names not as high in the board as you might expect.
|Pos.||Name||Team||Lap Speed (MPH)|
|1||Colton Herta||Andretti Harding Steinbrenner||171.990|
|3||Will Power||Team Penske||171.092|
|4||Santino Ferrucci||Dale Coyne||171.080|
|5||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||171.077|
|6||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||170.733|
|7||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi||170.111|
|8||Rinus VeeKay||Ed Carpenter Racing||169.353|
|9||Marcus Ericsson||Chip Ganassi||169.071|
|10||Tony Kanaan||AJ Foyt Racing||169.066|
|11||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||168.884|
|12||Oliver Askew||Arrow McLaren SP||168.401|
|13||Zach Veach||Andretti Autosport||168.216|
|14||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||168.186|
|15||Pato O’Ward||Arrow McLaren SP||168.004|
|16||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||167.950|
|17||Alex Palou||Dale Coyne||167.672|
|18||Charlie Kimball||AJ Foyt Racing||167.210|
|19||Felix Rosenqvist||Chip Ganassi||166.631|
|20||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||166.592|
|21||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||166.534|
|22||Jack Harvey||Meyer Shank Racing||166.296|
|23||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan||164.384|