Kirkwood, reigning Indy Lights champion, turned a 219.78mph lap in his AJ Foyt Racing on his 116th of 146 laps, nevertheless it got here with the advantage of a tow.
The identical was true of Callum Ilott, former Method 2 championship runner-up, who completed the day second for the Juncos Hollinger Racing workforce, with whom he made his fourth IndyCar begin final weekend at St. Petersburg.
Though Romain Grosjean was solely third general, he was barely slower with out the help of a tow, and due to this fact topped the no-tow checklist for Andretti Autosport. Grosjean raced at Gateway final 12 months, and handed his Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October, however his tempo was nonetheless spectacular.
Though there are at all times caveats in testing relating to tyre life and gas load, it should have inspired Honda Efficiency Growth that within the no-tow checklist, the 4 Honda-powered vehicles wound up forward of the 2 Chevrolets.
One other Indy Lights graduate, Devlin DeFrancesco, like team-mate Grosjean, was hardly any slower with no tow so was fifth general however third with no tow.
Lastly, Alpine Academy driver and Rahal Letterman Lanigan full-timer Christian Lundgaard propped up the desk general along with his high velocity general set with no tow.
|Pos||Driver||Workforce-engine||Complete laps||Quickest lap|
|1||Kyle Kirkwood||AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet||146 laps||219.78mph|
|2||Callum Ilott||Juncos Hollinger Racing-Chevrolet||130 laps||219.11mph|
|three||Romain Grosjean||Andretti Autosport-Honda||152 laps||218.69mph|
|four||David Malukas||Dale Coyne Racing-Honda||210 laps||217.99mph|
|5||Devlin DeFrancesco||Andretti Autosport-Honda||133 laps||217.69mph|
|6||Christian Lundgaard||Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda||186 laps||216.91mph|
|Pos||Driver||Quickest no-tow lap|