Alexander Rossi travels down pit lane at Long Beach
Alexander Rossi was the fastest driver in four of the five sessions leading up to the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. | Photo: Dan Bathie / Spacesuit Media

Alexander Rossi’s stranglehold on the streets of Long Beach continued through race day morning with the pole sitter turning the fastest lap in the 30-minute Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up session.

Rossi, who was third in Practice 1 and at the top of the timesheet in every session since including qualifying, turned a 1:07.5366 on his 15th of 18 total laps.

Scott Dixon, who topped the only outing of the weekend Rossi hasn’t, was second fastest and just 0.0904 seconds shy of Rossi’s time.

Ryan Hunter-Reay made it a Honda lockout of the top three with a 1:07.8040 in his No. 28 Andretti Autosport machine.

Team Penske swept the next three slots on the warm-up results with the whole of Team Penske: Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power, respectively. The trio represented the fastest of the Chevrolet contingent.

Newgarden laps Long Beach circuit in Verizon Indy car
Josef Newgarden was the fastest Team Penske driver in the final outing before the Long Beach race itself in April 2018. | Photo: Dan Bathie / Spacesuit Media

James Hinchcliffe and Sebastien Bourdais gave Honda two more cars in the top 10 while Spencer Pigot and Max Chilton closed out the group for Chevrolet.

Warm-up was slowed by two red flags, both for cars off course. Twenty-four minutes into the session, Gabby Chaves went off course at Turn 5 and required a restart by the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team. Four minutes later, Zachary Claman De Melo went off at Turn 8 to bring out simultaneous red and checkered flags.

Rossi will lead the field to the green flag at 1:42 p.m. PDT with live coverage airing on NBCSN beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.


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