another beautiful day is in store for fans attending the Firestone Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Yesterday Honda was very strong, leading both practice sessions. The rookies, Colton Herta, Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson, were impressive, with Rosenqvist leading session 1. Rosenqvist was 14th overall on the day and Ericsson was 19th. Herta was 4th overall.
Qualifying is a different story. I don’t expect the Penske cars to be 9th, 10th, and 17th overall today as they finished Friday. Josef Newgarden was the quickest Penske car all day. I see a battle between the Andretti duo of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Newgarden, Will Power, and possibly Scott Dixon for the pole. Don’t be shocked if Rosenqvist is up there as well. It will be interesting to see how much he learned about running on the red tires yesterday.
In action so far this morning, Parker Thompson won the pole for Indy Pro 2000 race 2. Indy Lights just began their qualifying session for race 2, which is tomorrow. Race 1 is 1:15 today, just ahead of Indycar qualifying. Qualifying can be seen live at 2:30 on NBCSN.
Back with a quick morning session practice report, After qualifying, watch for my Quick Thoughts here and a full report on Wildfire Sports.