Photo: Kyle McInnes
Josef Newgarden led most of the first practice session for the Iowa 300 this morning. Ryan Hunter Hunter-Reay led briefly during the middle portion of the NTT Indycar Series practice period. In the final 20 minutes, Newgarden’s teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power moved into second and third.
Newgarden’s fastest lap was 17.8961 seconds, 179.838. Pagenaud finished 0,1308 seconds behind. Alexander Rossi, Newgarden’s closest competitor for the series championship, struggled early but came back to finish fourth in the session, 0.2 seconds behind. Rossi was third fastest without a tow.
Following the three Chevys were three Hondas. After Rossi was Dixon and the Hunter-Reay. Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, Felix Rosenqvist, and Zach Veach complete the top ten.
Qualifying begins at 2:15 EDT on NBCSN.
Cars were lifting in the turns. Some of it could be due to traffic, but it was noticeable when there was no one in front of a car as well.
Indy Lights driver Rinus VeeKay will test with Ed Carpenter Racing August 7 at Portland International Raceway. VeeKay won the Indy Pro 2000 in 2018.
Colton Herta has blank sidepods.
It is not difficult to tell Dixon’s and Rosenqvist’s cars apart.
Back after qualifying with Quick Thoughts and a full report.