Newgarden rides to the top of Morning Warmup in Indy

Newgarden rides to the top of Morning Warmup in Indy

Josef Newgarden was the fastest driver in the warm-up for the Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday morning.

Newgarden’s best lap was 1 minute, 10.9281 seconds in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet. Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Newgarden will start fifth today in the 85-lap race (afternoon, NBC and INDYCAR Radio Network) on the 14-turn, 2,439-mile track.

TO SEE: Warm-up results

Rookie Kyle Kirkwood took second with 1:10.9895 in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet. Kirkwood was the only driver in the top five to set his best lap on alternative Firestone “red” tyres, which have more grip at the cost of faster wear.

Fellow rookie Christian Lundgaard continued his strong weekend by finishing third at 1:11.0317 in the #30 Shield Cleansers Honda. Lundgaard will start sixth after earning a place in the Firestone Fast Six during Friday’s qualifying for the first time this season.

Alexander Rossi confirmed his No. 2 qualifying spot by setting the fourth fastest lap of the 30-minute session, 1:11.0529, in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda.

Rossi’s Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta rounded out the top five at 1:11.0530 in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda.

NTT P1 Award winner Felix Rosenqvist was eighth at 1:11.0929 in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

Less than half a second separated the top 16 drivers in the final practice.

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