Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 XPEL Chevrolet set the fastest time in morning practice at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, setting the fastest speed of 223.747MPH ending up just ahead of Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi who made it a Chevrolet 1,2,3.
Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda ended the morning in fourth place just ahead of Devlin DeFrancesco in the No.29 Capstone Honda.
Felix Rosenqvist made it three Arrow McLaren’s in the top six with a 222.913MPH. Callum Ilott in the No.77 Chevrolet for Juncos Hollinger Racing while Takuma Sato in the No.11 Niterra Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing was the fastest of their four cars with a speed of 222.810MPH just ahead of defending race winner Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.
Five-time Texas winner Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda rounded out the top ten with a 222.294MPH. Simon Pagenaud was P11 just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci in the No.14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet with a speed of 221.998MPH just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 American Legion Honda.
Fresh from announcing a new contract with Team Penske, Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet was P14 just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s David Malukas and Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean.
Helio Castroneves was P17 for Meyer Shank Racing just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen in the No.55 Sexton Properties Chevrolet. Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing was P19 while Conor Daly rounded out the top 20 for Ed Carpenter Racing just ahead of his teammate Rinus VeeKay.
Sting Ray Robb was 22nd for Dale Coyne Racing just ahead of Kyle Kirkwood and Agustin Canapino. Ed Carpenter was 25th while Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard rounded out the order.
Next up is qualifying.