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IndyCar Road America: Josef Newgarden fastest in both practice sessions

Josef Newgarden topped both IndyCar free practice sessions at Elkhart Lake, as drivers got their first taste of the new-for-2018 aerokit at the famous Road America circuit

Newgarden's Penske-Chevrolet clocked a 1m42.6279s - an average of 140.804mph - to claim top spot by over quarter of a second from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda driver Robert Wickens in the faster second session.

Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest while Will Power and Simon Pagenaud were 0.43s and 0.53s respectively behind their reigning champion team-mate.

Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato put both Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Hondas into the top 10, separated by Detroit winners Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Ex-Force India Formula 1 test driver Alfonso Celis spun his Juncos Racing-Chevrolet at Turn 13 on his fourth lap of the afternoon session, launching over a curb and the grass, before tearing off his rear wing on a tyre barrier.

Newgarden was the only driver to break the 140mph barrier in the morning session, where he was four tenths clear of Sato, with Alexander Rossi third.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.0477s 13
2 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.4252s 13
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5126s 11
4 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.5297s 12
5 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.8348s 11
6 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9952s 11
7 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0603s 11
8 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.0829s 12
9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1.1166s 11
10 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2486s 15
11 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2709s 12
12 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1.3043s 13
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.3924s 11
14 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4104s 14
15 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5486s 13
16 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.6293s 12
17 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.6522s 12
18 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.7007s 15
19 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1.8178s 12
20 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.8573s 13
21 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.8647s 15
22 Alfonso Celis Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.8687s 14
23 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 3.4008s 12

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.6279s 26
2 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.2746s 21
3 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.3741s 20
4 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4266s 23
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5320s 23
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.5716s 21
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.7933s 23
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.8476s 19
9 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.9131s 19
10 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.9942s 18
11 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0280s 20
12 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.0387s 19
13 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.0620s 18
14 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.2809s 18
15 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.2925s 20
16 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.3196s 22
17 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5199s 19
18 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1.5590s 22
19 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5804s 24
20 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.7945s 22
21 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.8349s 24
22 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 2.5084s 22
23 Alfonso Celis Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 3.5313s 3


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