Newgarden fastest in Saturday morning IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio

Newgarden fastest in Saturday morning IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio


Newgarden fastest in Saturday morning IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio


Josef Newgarden topped the times in this weekend’s third IndyCar practice session at Mid-Ohio.

The Sarah Fisher Hartman driver popped ahead of Marco Andretti to take the top spot with a 1m06.6536s just as the red flags were coming out to end the session a minute or so ahead of schedule.

Two drivers shared responsibility for the stoppage, with James Hinchcliffe having nosed into the tires at the Carousel just as Will Power was spinning into the gravel at Turn 1. Despite his late dramas Hinchcliffe finished up fourth fastest behind EJ Viso, with the three Andretti Autosport cars all within 0.12 second of Newgarden’s time.

Justin Wilson, whose track time was compromised on Friday by an engine problem, was fifth fastest.

Prior to the late stoppage the session was interrupted by two earlier red flags; the first coming when Takuma Sato got into the grass, and the second when Charlie Kimball spun into the tires at the first corner.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car         Time        Gap 1.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda     1m06.6536s 2.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Chevy   1m06.7244s  +0.0708s 3.  EJ Viso             Andretti/Chevy   1m06.7339s  +0.0803s 4.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Chevy   1m06.7810s  +0.1274s 5.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda      1m06.9410s  +0.2874s 6.  Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Chevy   1m06.9524s  +0.2988s 7.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Honda    1m06.9599s  +0.3063s 8.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy     1m07.0782s  +0.4246s 9.  Tony Kanaan         KV/Chevy         1m07.0794s  +0.4258s10.  Simoa de Silvestro  KV/Chevy         1m07.0841s  +0.4305s11.  Oriol Servia        Panther/Chevy    1m07.1549s  +0.5013s12.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy     1m07.2463s  +0.5927s13.  Tristan Vautier     Schmidt/Honda    1m07.2890s  +0.6354s14.  Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda    1m07.4313s  +0.7777s15.  Sebastian Saavedra  Dragon/Chevy     1m07.5849s  +0.9313s16.  Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda      1m07.6899s  +1.0363s17.  James Davison       Coyne/Honda      1m07.7466s  +1.0930s18.  Sebastien Bourdais  Dragon/Chevy     1m07.7529s  +1.0993s19.  James Jakes         Rahal/Honda      1m07.7681s  +1.1145s20.  Dario Franchitti    Ganassi/Honda    1m08.1657s  +1.5121s21.  Luca Filippi        Herta/Honda      1m08.5362s  +1.8826s23.  Ed Carpenter        Carpenter/Chevy  1m08.5779s  +1.9243s23.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Honda    1m10.3230s  +3.6694s24.  Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda       1m15.4948s  +8.8412s