Colton Herta remained the benchmark as the IndyCar field entered the second and final day of Spring Training at COTA; the Harding Steinbrenner rookie following up on his sweep of the Tuesday sessions by again going fastest on Wednesday morning.
Herta went to the top with a best lap of 1m46.6401s, 0.3731s quicker than Alexander Rossi in Andretti Autosport’s No.27. Penske’s Simon Pagenaud led the Chevrolet brigade at 1m47.2116s to edge out Scott Dixon, who’d earlier prompted one of the morning’s three red flags when he went off at Turn 6. Josef Newgarden completed the top five, with times predictably closing up right through the field as teams began to unlock the 3.4-mile layout.
Prior to Dixon’s incident, James Hinchcliffe and Spencer Pigot caused a stoppage when they went off at Turn 5, and the same sequence of corners trapped later Kyle Kaiser for the third and final red. All of the red-flaggers managed to get back out and continue running.