The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama’s two practice had some challenges for a few of IndyCar’s front runners. Points leader Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, and Zach Veach all found the sand traps. Ryan Hunter -Reay and Rene Binder a l so had off road excursions.
Will Power led the first session with a time of 1 minute 7.598 seeconds with Josef Newgarden second. Newgarden led the second round with rtf g e day’s quickest time, 1 minute 7.434 seconds. Spencer Pigot had the days next best lap, 0.103 seconds behind.
In the fastest drivers press conference both Pigot and Newgarden both mentioned the wind as the issue in turn 5 rather than the decreased downforce. Pigot said the track didn’t have a lot of grip today.
Pigot would be happy if it rained Sunday during the race. Newgarden said the cars would need more changes for wet conditions. He called traction the big concern in the rain and that starting up front would be crucial.
The wind is expected to change direction tomorrow which could solve today’s problems but could create new ones. A different turn might be the trouble spot. I think one Fast SIx contender will cause a red flag during qualifying Saturday. With the Sunday forecast not improving, that will make that driver’s day long.
Back tomorrow with a qualifying wrap-up.
Above: Spencer Pigot and Josef Newgarden at the fastest driver press conference.