Hunter-Reay Tops Pit Stop-Focused Warm-Up

Ryan Hunter-Reay found the top of the NTT IndyCar Series timesheet in a pit stop practice/warm-up session that served as more of a cool-down outing following the speed-oriented Practice 2.

Driving the No. 28 DHL Honda, Hunter-Reay made it two consecutive sessions paced by Andretti Autosport entries after Alexander Rossi put more than a half-second between himself and his competitors minutes before the separate warm-up period.

After four drivers lapped the 2.34-mile temporary street circuit in less than 1:16 in Practice 2, Hunter-Reay was the lone driver to turn in a 1:15 lap in warm-up.

Zach Veach came closest with his 1:16.2785 effort, which brought him across the timing line 0.2889 seconds slower than Hunter-Reay on their respective best laps.

Will Power, Rossi and Scott Dixon hovered around the top of the field throughout Friday’s sessions and remained there in the day-ending warm-up, completing the top five in their Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti cars.

Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, Josef Newgarden, Sebastien Bourdais and Spencer Pigot were strong in Practice 2 and made up the second half of the top 10 shortly after in warm-up.

Split by 2.1958 and 3.6553 seconds in Practice 2 and warm-up, respectively, the 22-car field will return to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park at 10:45 a.m. EDT Saturday to set the grid for Race 1 later in the day. A tape-delayed broadcast of qualifying will air on NBCSN at noon EDT after live coverage concludes on NBC Sports Gold, viewable via INDYCAR Pass.

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