Andretti Harding Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.88 Capstone Honda left it late to end race day warm up fastest for today’s championship ending and deciding Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg setting the fastest lap of the 30 minute session as the flag dropped with a 01:01:601s while championship leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda was second with a time of 01:01:01.625s.
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing was third fastest with a time of 01:01.836s ending the session just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 AutoNation NAPA Auto Parts Honda who set a 01:01871s.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais continued to show why he is a contender for a race win today as he ended the session in fifth place with a time of 01:01.982s and starts the race from seventh, the Frenchman ended the warm up just ahead of the Mayor of HinchTown James Hinchcliffe in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda who set a 01:01.991s with his team mate Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda setting a 01:02.131s.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic MiJack Honda was 8th just ahead of Josef Newgarden and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson who rounded out the top ten.
Alex Palou was 11th for Dale Coyne with Team Goh in the No.55 Guaranteed Rate Honda setting a time of 01:02.277s ending the session just ahead of Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda for Meyer Shank Racing while Pato O’Ward was 13th for Arrow McLaren SP just ahead of Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda.
Scott McLaughlin was 15th in the No.3 Shell V Power Nitro+ Chevrolet for Team Penske just ahead of polesitter and team mate Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet.
Max Chilton was 17th in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet just ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti while Conor Daly rounded out the top 20 for Ed Carpenter Racing. Santino Ferrucci was 21st just ahead of Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew in the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet while Rinus Veekay and Charlie Kimball rounded out the order.
Today’s 100 lap race is expected to be a two stop event with the possibility of some teams opting for a three stopper. The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg is live on NBC from 2.30PM ET and on Sky Sports F1HD from 6.30PM.