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Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Newgarden leads Palou and Rosenqvist in first follow

David Malukas was the primary driver to show a 70-second lap, turning a 70.3589s for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD, earlier than bettering to a 68.4831s, a median of 118.698mph across the 2.238-mile course in Lexington, OH.

His fellow rookies have been out on observe with him at this early stage, benefiting from the additional set of main tyres equipped by Firestone. They have been joined by Simona De Silvestro of Paretta Autosport, Jimmie Johnson within the #48 Chip Ganassi automotive and Dalton Kellett of AJ Foyt Racing.

Devlin De Francesco of Andretti Autosport bought closest to Malukas, albeit zero.7s away, by the point they pitted.

Then among the veterans got here out and began creeping up the order, with five-time Mid-Ohio polesitter Will Energy of Group Penske the primary of the drivers to affix Malukas within the 68s bracket, earlier than lastly displacing him from the highest along with his sixth lap – a 68.3743s (118.887mph).

At that time, Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean (each Andretti) and Helio Castroneves (Meyer Shank Racing) have been into the highest 5, after which Pato O’Ward sprung as much as third in one other Arrow McLaren SP entry, having turned the quickest time within the first sector.

Takuma Sato (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) had simply began his fourth lap, when he had a really dramatic-looking journey throughout the sandtrap at Flip 1, bringing out the pink flag.

In sizzling and humid situations, the observe continued to evolve as extra rubber went down, and 2021 Mid-Ohio winner Newgarden moved into the highest slot with a 68.0778s lap on his 11th tour, simply forward of Ganassi’s defending champion Palou (12th lap) and Penske’s IndyCar sophomore Scott McLaughlin in third along with his 10th lap.

Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Autograph Session

Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Autograph Session

Photograph by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Barber Motorsports Park polesitter Rinus VeeKay moved into fifth for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Johnson, Malukas, De Silvestro and Tatiana Calderon of AJ Foyt Racing have been the primary to strap on Firestone alternate tyres. All drivers had entry to 1 set of reds to simulate qualifying runs and check out the lifetime of this softer rubber, earlier than handing them again to Firestone on the finish of the session.

Malukas was the primary to make this variation depend, with 67.5361s, a median of 120.362mph, however was then usurped by Palou who produced a 67.2610s, with Rossi third and VeeKay fourth.

O’Ward’s first actual flyer on reds moved him as much as second however was nonetheless a quarter-second wanting Palou in high spot, however Newgarden appeared to haven’t any downside in delivering a 67.0549s, two tenths away from his nearest opposition, a median of 121.226mph.

Palou’s team-mate and championship chief Marcus Ericsson slipped into third seven minutes earlier than the tip of the session, simply forward of Colton Herta.

One other Swede, Felix Rosenqvist of AMSP, pushed Ericsson out of the highest three, whereas one of many late converts from blacks to reds, Energy, couldn’t discover a clear lap whereas his tyres have been at their greatest, and completed up 14th.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing workforce gave the impression to be struggling, Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard ending the session in 20th, 22nd and 24th respectively.

De Silvestro confirmed notable enchancment in her exploitation of the tender tyres, ending up 1.87s off high spot, three quarters of a second sooner than Calderon and zero.9s forward of Johnson.

FP1 outcome:

P

Identify

FTime

Diff

FL

Laps

FSpeed

Engine

Tire

Group

1

Josef Newgarden

1:07.0549

20

25

121.226

Chevy

A

Group Penske

2

Alex Palou

1:07.2610

zero.2061

16

24

120.855

Honda

A

Chip Ganassi Racing

three

Felix Rosenqvist

1:07.3171

zero.2622

18

20

120.754

Chevy

A

Arrow McLaren SP

four

Marcus Ericsson

1:07.3720

zero.3171

18

21

120.655

Honda

A

Chip Ganassi Racing

5

Colton Herta

1:07.4998

zero.4449

19

23

120.427

Honda

A

Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian

6

Pato O’Ward

1:07.5263

zero.4714

13

16

120.380

Chevy

A

Arrow McLaren SP

7

Alexander Rossi

1:07.5355

zero.4806

17

22

120.363

Honda

A

Andretti Autosport

eight

David Malukas

1:07.5361

zero.4812

18

26

120.362

Honda

A

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD

9

Scott Dixon

1:07.5609

zero.5060

19

22

120.318

Honda

A

Chip Ganassi Racing

10

Scott McLaughlin

1:07.5825

zero.5276

19

23

120.280

Chevy

A

Group Penske

11

Kyle Kirkwood

1:07.6241

zero.5692

29

30

120.206

Chevy

A

AJ Foyt Enterprises

12

Romain Grosjean

1:07.6498

zero.5949

24

24

120.160

Honda

A

Andretti Autosport

13

Helio Castroneves

1:07.7469

zero.6920

17

21

119.988

Honda

A

Meyer Shank Racing

14

Will Energy

1:07.7623

zero.7074

23

28

119.961

Chevy

A

Group Penske

15

Takuma Sato

1:07.8270

zero.7721

15

16

119.846

Honda

A

Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR

16

Rinus VeeKay

1:07.8573

zero.8024

15

22

119.793

Chevy

A

Ed Carpenter Racing

17

Conor Daly

1:07.8870

zero.8321

20

25

119.740

Chevy

A

Ed Carpenter Racing

18

Simon Pagenaud

1:07.9860

zero.9311

18

22

119.566

Honda

A

Meyer Shank Racing

19

Devlin DeFrancesco

1:08.0138

zero.9589

29

34

119.517

Honda

A

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

20

Graham Rahal

1:08.2083

1.1534

18

19

119.176

Honda

A

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

21

Callum Ilott

1:08.3351

1.2802

25

25

118.955

Chevy

P

Juncos Hollinger Racing

22

Jack Harvey

1:08.4985

1.4436

24

25

118.671

Honda

A

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

23

Dalton Kellett

1:08.6510

1.5961

27

28

118.408

Chevy

P

AJ Foyt Enterprises

24

Christian Lundgaard

1:08.7706

1.7157

26

30

118.202

Honda

A

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

25

Simona De Silvestro

1:08.9286

1.8737

28

33

117.931

Chevy

A

Paretta Autosport

26

Tatiana Calderon

1:09.6944

2.6395

32

32

116.635

Chevy

A

AJ Foyt Enterprises

27

Jimmie Johnson

1:09.8167

2.7618

23

37

116.431

Honda

A

Chip Ganassi Racing

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