O’Ward takes spoils in practice at WWT Raceway

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As the NTT Indycar Series comes down from the high of the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, they now face a tricky double-header at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

The weekend began with the only practice session the teams will get, with 90 minutes for the teams to get their setups spot on for Saturday’s race, the first of two which will both be during the day for the first time at this oval.

Pato O’Ward has been very impressive so far in 2020 and he was the man to beat in practice, topping the session for his Arrow McLaren SP team with the only lap above the 181 mph barrier.

The Mexican came close to his first Indycar win early in the year at Road America until Felix Rosenqvist snatched it away so he will be keen to convert this speed into a good qualifying and then race.

Will Power is a former winner at the WWT Raceway and looked ominously fast again ending the session second quickest ahead of series leader Scott Dixon who dominated the Indy 500 but to no avail.

He was beaten to his second 500 win by Takuma Sato – who claimed his own second Borg-Warner Trophy – and the Japanese racer was still on cloud nine as he ended the day fifth.

He was behind the sole Carlin entry again piloted by Conor Daly. The Indiana native won his first Indycar pole with the British team at Iowa and backed up the team’s potential again with fourth.

Jack Harvey has been getting stronger and stronger as the year progresses and in sixth, was the highest-placed Andretti Autosport affiliated driver in the field with Colton Herta the next best in tenth.

Alex Palou continues to rewrite what a rookie can do as he was seventh fastest for Dale Coyne Racing. He was the only driver to run over 100 laps as his teammate Santino Ferrucci was parked early with technical issues.

Marcus Ericsson is looking to right the wrongs of last week’s 500 after crashing his Chip Ganassi Racing car. He was eighth quickest ahead of the exciting Rinus VeeKay for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Many names you’d expect to see towards the sharp end weren’t quite at the races; Alexander Rossi (11th), Josef Newgarden (12th), Simon Pagenaud (18th) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (19th) will all be hoping for much better come qualifying tomorrow.

Pos.NameTeamLap Speed (mph)
1Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP181.532
2Will PowerTeam Penske180.961
3Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing180.822
4Conor DalyCarlin180:581
5Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan180:434
6Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing180:246
7Alex PalouDale Coyne Racing180:182
8Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing180:157
9Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing180:104
10Colton HertaAndretti Harding Steinbrenner179:835
11Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport178:902
12Josef NewgardenTeam Penske178:874
13Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SP178:753
14Tony KanaanAJ Foyt Racing178:426
15Felix RosenqvistChip Ganassi Racing178:248
16Zach VeachAndretti Autosport177:760
17Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport177:687
18Simon PagenaudTeam Penske176:981
19Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport176:917
20Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing176:824
21Charlie KimballAJ Foyt Racing176:222
22Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan175:892
23Santino FerrucciDale Coyne Racing173.874
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