Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hunter-Reay Sets Quickest Warm-Up Lap


Ryan Hunter-Reay’s crew may or may not have executed the fastest pit stop during an additional 30-minute practice session Friday at Road America, but the driver did set the fastest lap of the pit stop-focused warm-up.

Serving more as a cool-down than a warm-up after two 45-minute practices, the late-afternoon session included a 1:44.4846 lap from Hunter-Reay, which sent the No. 28 DHL Honda to the top of the running order.

Four-tenths of a second back from Hunter-Reay on his best flying lap, Ed Jones and Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 Chevrolet placed second ahead of the Hondas of Colton Herta, Zach Veach and Sebastien Bourdais in the top five.

Veterans Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi, Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal turned in the sixth- through ninth-fastest laps while returning to Road America’s long pit lane multiple times to allow their crews to practice “hot” — race simulated — stops. Rookie Santino Ferrucci was 10th.

Minutes after setting the second-fastest Practice 2 lap, former Road America winner Will Power turned 14 laps in warm-up — more than any other driver in the 23-car field. Marcus Ericsson led the field in laps turned in the preceding session, which lasted 15 minutes longer.

Matching the duration of Friday’s first two practices, Practice 3 is scheduled to go green at 11 a.m. CDT Saturday and last 45 minutes. Qualifying, culminating in the Firestone Fast Six, will begin at 3 p.m. track local time with tape-delayed coverage on NBCSN one hour later at 5 p.m. EDT.

Aaron Durant
Aaron Durant
Aaron brings a developing design and editorial vision to The Apex every day and co-hosts The Braking Point podcast every week. As editor-in-chief and an avid reader, Aaron enjoys aligning his relentless care for quality with an interest in counterintuitive approaches.


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