Alexander Rossi tops red-flagged first Road America IndyCar session

Alexander Rossi headed a trio of Team Penske drivers in a truncated first IndyCar practice session at Road America that was effectively ended early after Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed

Alexander Rossi tops red-flagged first Road America IndyCar session

Rossi set a fastest time of 1m43.3285s around the 4.048-mile circuit, the longest on the IndyCar calendar, in his Andretti Autosport Dallara-Honda midway through the 45-minute session.

That remained the best effort before Hunter-Reay spun at the fast Turn 14 right-hander at the end of the lap in the final 10 minutes, with the session red flagged as a result.

Reigning champion Simon Pagenaud was the fastest of the Penske runners and best-placed of the Chevrolet-powered cars in second, 0.234 seconds behind Rossi.

Will Power, the only previous winner at Road America in the field, was third and a further two tenths behind his team-mate having been fastest in the early part of the session.

Josef Newgarden was fourth, close to half a second down on Rossi's benchmark, ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Schmidt Peterson Motorsport's James Hinchcliffe.

Max Chilton was seventh ahead of Hunter-Reay, with Marco Andretti ninth and fourth Penske driver Helio Castroneves rounding out the top 10.

Hinchcliffe's team-mate for the session was fellow Canadian Robert Wickens.

The Mercedes DTM driver is standing in for Mikhail Aleshin for Friday's practice sessions, and was 20th of the 21 runners.

Aleshin had been unable to leave France due to visa issues after competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, but was expected to travel back to the US on Friday evening.

FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m43.3285s - 7
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.5625s 0.2340s 9
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.7508s 0.4223s 11
4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.7780s 0.4495s 9
5 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.8994s 0.5709s 8
6 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.9047s 0.5762s 8
7 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.0483s 0.7198s 11
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m44.0681s 0.7396s 8
9 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m44.0967s 0.7682s 9
10 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.3249s 0.9964s 8
11 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m44.4590s 1.1305s 9
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.4748s 1.1463s 10
13 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.5882s 1.2597s 11
14 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.6224s 1.2939s 10
15 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.7711s 1.4426s 10
16 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.9998s 1.6713s 8
17 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m45.3601s 2.0316s 8
18 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m45.6062s 2.2777s 11
19 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m45.6257s 2.2972s 4
20 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m45.6823s 2.3538s 11
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m45.6920s 2.3635s 9


shares
comments
Immigration issues for Aleshin hand Wickens shock IndyCar chance
Previous article

Immigration issues for Aleshin hand Wickens shock IndyCar chance

Next article

Josef Newgarden heads Penske sweep of Road America IndyCar practice

Josef Newgarden heads Penske sweep of Road America IndyCar practice
Nigel Mansell’s greatest F1 and Indycar drives Plus

Nigel Mansell’s greatest F1 and Indycar drives

It’s 30 years since Mansell won the Formula 1 world title and then headed off to do battle in America. Here are his best races – and the Briton’s memories of them

Formula 1
Dec 25, 2022
How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled Plus

How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled

Chip Ganassi Racing team was strong again in the Indianapolis 500, with poleman Scott Dixon and reigning champion Alex Palou leading almost three quarters of the race between them. But when dominator Dixon was penalised for pitlane speeding, ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson stepped up to score the biggest win of his career and seize the IndyCar points lead

IndyCar
May 30, 2022
Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

IndyCar
Nov 21, 2021
How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential Plus

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential

Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise

IndyCar
Nov 16, 2021
How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best Plus

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

IndyCar
Nov 4, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021