During Saturday morning’s third 45-minute practice of the REV Group Grand Prix weekend, Josef Newgarden turned the event’s first 102-second lap and displaced Alexander Rossi’s 103.1206-second time from Friday as the quickest lap thus far.
- Results: 2019 REV Group Grand Prix Practice 3
Newgarden’s 1:42.8825 late Saturday morning put his name and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet atop a top 10 mixed almost equally with veterans and rookies. The 2017 NTT IndyCar Series champion became the first Chevrolet driver to lead a session in the weekend’s fourth outing.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s rookie driver Colton Herta was 0.2872 seconds slower than Newgarden on their respective best laps, but the 19-year-old was still quick enough to place second. Veterans Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Spencer Pigot were third through sixth with Rossi in fifth being the final driver within half a second of Newgarden.
Rookies Felix Rosenqvist, Santino Ferrucci and Patricio O’Ward were seventh, eighth and 10th, split by Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports veteran James Hinchcliffe in ninth. These top 10 were split by 0.8742 seconds.
Reigning champion Scott Dixon was 12th. Takuma Sato, owner of the fastest lap early on, placed 18th.
Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing stablemate Graham Rahal was two spots better after a mistake led to a spin exiting Turn 7 in the final five minutes. After issuing the red flag, INDYCAR offered teams a single timed lap if they left pit lane within 30 seconds after the track was deemed safe again.
The stage is set for qualifying for what may be a wet race Sunday. IndyCar’s unique qualifying procession, culminating in the Firestone Fast Six, will begin at 3 p.m. CDT with delayed television coverage beginning two hours later at 5 p.m. EDT.