Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda led race day warm up on the streets of St Pete ahead of this afternoon’s 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion set a fastest time of 01:01.6182s ending the session just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda ended the session in third place for Andretti Autosport.
It was an impressive session for Harding Racing and Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Chevrolet as the Colombian set the fourth fastest time a 01:02.0030s ending up just ahead of defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda set the sixth fastest time of the morning with a 01:02.0806s.
Defending St Pete race winner Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Seal Master Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan was seventh with a time of 01:02.1511s with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda in eighth with a time of 01:02.3681s.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske was ninth fastest with a time of 01:02.3917s while Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Auto Geek Chevrolet rounded out the top ten with a time of 01:02.5262s.
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet was 11th fastest just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet was 13th fastest with a time of 01:02.6279s ending the session ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet who starts just ahead of King on the grid.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 Rouff Home Mortgages Honda was 15th with a 01:02.6366s ending the session just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda.
Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet was 17th fastest with a time of 01:02.6730s ending the morning just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was 19th fastest just ahead of pole sitter Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Wickens set a fastest time of 01:02.9568s.
Jack Harvey in the No.60 Michael Shank Racing with SPM Automation Sirius XM Honda was 21st just ahead of Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba® Chevrolet.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 Paysafe Honda ended the session in 23rd place while Juncos Racing’s Rene Binder rounded out the order in 24th place having brought out a brief red flag after spinning and stalling on track.
The 110 lap Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg gets underway in just over two hours time.