Gateway IndyCar: Penske 1-2 as Newgarden leads McLaughlin in practice

Team Penske's two-time winner at the Gateway oval Josef Newgarden topped IndyCar practice by over 1mph ahead of rookie team-mate Scott McLaughlin.

Gateway IndyCar: Penske 1-2 as Newgarden leads McLaughlin in practice

For most of the session, Newgarden led with a 177.562mph lap but as two-lap qualifying simulations got underway, McLaughlin edged ahead with a 177.669mph effort.

Then Newgarden delivered a 178.600 mph lap, just 25.1959sec around the 1.25-mile WWT Raceway, before going still faster with a 178.774mph.

With the 90-minute session being the only practice before this afternoon's qualifying and the race this evening, there was a lot of work for everyone to get through between qualifying sims, race runs on worn tyres and pitstop practice.

The Andretti Autosport-Hondas looked strong in race trim, and Ryan Hunter-Reay delivered a good mock qualifying lap with third fastest, ahead of Graham Rahal in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson put their Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas into fifth and sixth, but championship leader Alex Palou – who will take a nine-spot grid penalty for an early engine change following the blow-up at IMS last week – was only 17th.

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Photo by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images

Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward ensured both Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolets were in the top 10, sandwiching the Andretti cars of James Hinchcliffe and Colton Herta.

Ahead of his first ever oval race, Romain Grosjean did a fine job – and turned 72 laps – to set the 11th fastest time.

Sebastien Bourdais (AJ Foyt Racing) and Penske’s Will Power, the 2018 winner at the circuit, both turned more than 80 laps but languished down in 21st and 16th positions respectively.

Practice results

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Mph
1 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 54 25.171   178.774
2 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin United States Team Penske 67 25.328 0.156 177.669
3 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 41 25.346 0.174 177.541
4 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 62 25.356 0.184 177.473
5 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 48 25.357 0.185 177.463
6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Chip Ganassi Racing 67 25.367 0.195 177.393
7 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Arrow McLaren SP 58 25.400 0.228 177.163
8 United States Colton Herta United States Andretti Autosport 52 25.462 0.291 176.728
9 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Andretti Autosport 50 25.463 0.291 176.726
10 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United States Arrow McLaren SP 51 25.466 0.295 176.701
11 France Romain Grosjean United States Dale Coyne Racing 72 25.480 0.308 176.608
12 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 50 25.496 0.325 176.493
13 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 63 25.514 0.342 176.373
14 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 51 25.514 0.343 176.370
15 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Dale Coyne Racing 57 25.555 0.383 176.091
16 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 82 25.559 0.387 176.063
17 Spain Alex Palou United States Chip Ganassi Racing 65 25.581 0.410 175.906
18 United States Conor Daly United Kingdom Carlin 45 25.616 0.444 175.671
19 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Meyer Shank Racing 61 25.684 0.512 175.204
20 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States Chip Ganassi Racing 55 25.764 0.593 174.658
21 France Sébastien Bourdais United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 87 25.819 0.647 174.288
22 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout United States Ed Carpenter Racing 53 25.849 0.678 174.083
23 Canada Dalton Kellett United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 62 25.881 0.709 173.873
24 United States Ed Carpenter United States Ed Carpenter Racing 60 25.992 0.820 173.129
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