Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet led the way in morning warm up ahead of this afternoon’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in Southern California.
The Frenchman who for only the sixth time in his career will start the race from the back ended the session just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato.
Alexander Rossi did a great job in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport as he ended the session in third place just ahead of Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon ended the session just ahead of his team mate Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda while Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum Chevrolet was sixth fastest for Team Penske.
Ryan Hunter Reay was seventh fastest in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport ending the session just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet while Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda was ninth fastest. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal rounded out the top ten in the No.15 PennGrade Honda.
Verizon P1 Award winner Helio Castroneves ended the session 11th place just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais while Marco Andretti ended the session in 13th place.
JR Hildebrand ended the session 14th place for Ed Carpenter Racing while Carlos Munoz was 15th for AJ Foyt Racing while Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliff was 16th in the No.5 Arrow Honda ending the session just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones.
Mikhail Aleshin was 18th fastest in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports while Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevroet who brought out the red flag briefly after hitting the wall slightly at Turn eight.
Will Power was 20th fastest in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet while Max Chilton rounded out the in 21st place.