O’Ward Tops Practice 1

Pato O’Ward turned the quickest lap in the lpening practice for the GMR bGrand Prix this morning. The Arrow McLaren driver posted a lap of 1:09.4981. Five different teams had a car in nthe top 10. Ganassi had three drivers- Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson, and Scott Dixon finishing third, seventh, and eighth.

Colton Herta came into the pits after his install lap with a fire on the rear side. It was likely caused by an oil leak. The crew fixed the car and they returned to mpit lane with about five minutes left in the session. Herta went out formone install lap.

Romainn Grosjean, one of the favorites to win tomorrow,ended the session in16th.

Rhahal Letterman Laqnigan drivers Christian Lundgaard and Jack Harvey, were second and fifth, respectively. Graham rahal was 13th. the nteam haqd been struggling for speed eaqrly in nthe season. They showed a slight improvement at Barber, and tioday it appears they have found whatnthey need.

New Improved Mounds

The viewing mounds in turns 1 and 2 have a new look. They have been combined into one sweeping mound that is higher, offering a better view. The new mound runs from turn allthe way the exit of turn 2. It slopes downward a bit as you go toward turn 2. It is a great improvement.