IndyCar St. Pete: Herta leads Dixon in raceday warm-up

David Malsher-Lopez
·3 min read

Herta, who will start third in his Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda, set a time of 61.6011sec on his 22nd and final tour of the 1.8-mile street/runway course to edge Dixon by 0.0243sec.

The Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda ace, survived a trip into the Turn 1 run-off zone, just after hitting top spot, and squeezed in 27 laps in the 30min session. He will roll off 11th as he guns for his sixth IndyCar championship.

Ganassi’s form looked strong, with Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson claiming third and 10th in the other CGR-Hondas, while Alexander Rossi – starting from the front row this afternoon – nabbed fourth spot.

Fastest Chevrolet runner was two-time St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais of AJ Foyt Racing.

James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay ensured three Andretti cars in the top 10, despite Hinchcliffe also making a trip into a runoff area, fortunately without damaging his car.

The only person who could beat Dixon to the title, Josef Newgarden, was ninth fastest, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Team Penske-Chevrolet teammate Scott McLaughlin – making his IndyCar race debut today – and a couple of tenths up on yesterday’s pole-winner Will Power.

The race begins at 2.30pm local (Eastern) time on NBC in the U.S..

1

United States
United States

Colton Herta

Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport

22

1'01.601

105.193

2

New Zealand
New Zealand

Scott Dixon

United States
United States

Chip Ganassi Racing

27

1'01.625

0.024

105.151

3

Sweden
Sweden

Felix Rosenqvist

United States
United States

Chip Ganassi Racing

19

1'01.836

0.234

104.793

4

United States
United States

Alexander Rossi

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

16

1'01.871

0.270

104.734

5

France
France

Sébastien Bourdais

United States
United States

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

21

1'01.982

0.380

104.546

6

Canada
Canada

James Hinchcliffe

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

26

1'01.991

0.390

104.531

7

United States
United States

Ryan Hunter-Reay

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

19

1'02.131

0.530

104.295

8

Japan
Japan

Takuma Sato

United States
United States

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

26

1'02.213

0.612

104.157

9

United States
United States

Josef Newgarden

United States
United States

Team Penske

25

1'02.246

0.645

104.102

10

Sweden
Sweden

Marcus Ericsson

United States
United States

Chip Ganassi Racing

23

1'02.265

0.664

104.070

11

Spain
Spain

Alex Palou

Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh

21

1'02.276

0.675

104.052

12

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jack Harvey

United States
United States

Meyer Shank Racing

21

1'02.292

0.691

104.025

13

Mexico
Mexico

Patricio O'Ward

Arrow McLaren SP

22

1'02.322

0.721

103.975

14

United States
United States

Graham Rahal

United States
United States

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

19

1'02.326

0.725

103.968

15

New Zealand
New Zealand

Scott McLaughlin

United States
United States

Team Penske

27

1'02.338

0.737

103.949

16

Australia
Australia

Will Power

United States
United States

Team Penske

26

1'02.450

0.848

103.763

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Max Chilton

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Carlin

21

1'02.659

1.058

103.416

18

France
France

Simon Pagenaud

United States
United States

Team Penske

27

1'02.684

1.082

103.376

19

United States
United States

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani

19

1'02.695

1.094

103.356

20

United States
United States

Conor Daly

United States
United States

Ed Carpenter Racing

24

1'02.746

1.145

103.273

21

United States
United States

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan

23

1'02.779

1.178

103.218

22

United States
United States

Oliver Askew

Arrow McLaren SP

25

1'02.791

1.189

103.200

23

Netherlands
Netherlands

Rinus van Kalmthout

United States
United States

Ed Carpenter Racing

26

1'02.811

1.210

103.166

24

United States
United States

Charlie Kimball

United States
United States

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

18

1'03.360

1.759

102.271

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