Friday, September 29, 2023

Ilott Closes Calm Final Practice on Top at Barber

Callum Ilott wrapped up Saturday ahead of the NTT IndyCar Series field on the timesheets in final practice, and will start 11th for tomorrow’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Image courtesy of Joe Skibinski / Penske Entertainment

Callum Ilott topped a calmer evening session ahead of tomorrow’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

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Piloting the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet, the 23-year-old put down 18 laps with a fastest of 1m07.0906s around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn, natural terrain road course.

“The pace is good,” Ilott said, via Peacock. “Yeah, we learned a few things I have to say. Obviously P1 is good, but its just warmup. Yeah, let’s see pace is good which is better than normal. We just have to sort out the tires which is still a bit of an unknown heading into the race. But this one is more of a fuel game than a tire game, so hopefully we don’t get caught out. But yeah, a good day in the office.”

After nine minutes were completed in the session, Tatiana Calderon was the first car to go off the track. The rookie pilot of the No. 11 A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet logged only four laps after going over the gravel trap and hitting the wall.

Later in the session as multiple drivers were heading out onto the track in a traffic jam, Romain Grosjean was looking to file his way through and tried get a pass done on Helio Castroneves. However, Grosjean’s No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda didn’t stick and he went off into the grass.

“Bunch of idiots,” Grosjean yelled over radio.

With two minutes to in the session, current championship leader Josef Newgarden ran into slight trouble again. He overdrove Turn 5 but was able to collect the car quickly and get back to running laps.

PositionCar No.DriverLap TimeDiff.Laps
177Callum Ilott1:07.090618
210Alex Palou1:07.1916-0.101018
38Marcus Ericsson1:07.2745-0.183918
49Scott Dixon1:07.2745-0.250617
527Alexander Rossi1:07.3529-0.262317
63Scott McLaughlin1:07.4618-0.371219
751Takuma Sato1:07.5935-0.502916
830Christian Lundgaard (R)1:07.5935-0.687218
918David Malukas (R)1:07.7849-0.694319
1026Colton Herta1:07.8972-0.806616
112Josef Newgarden1:07.9304-0.839818
1220Conor Daly1:07.9815-0.890918
135Pato O'Ward1:08.0377-0.947118
1406Helio Castroneves1:08.1015-1.010919
1545Jack Harvey1:08.1015-1.157918
1612Will Power1:08.3181-1.227518
1728Romain Grosjean1:08.3416-1.227518
1860Simon Pagenaud1:08.4035-1.312918
1914Kyle Kirkwood (R)1:08.4439-1.353318
2021Rinus VeeKay1:08.4941-1.403520
2115Graham Rahal1:08.5036-1.413012
2229Devlin DeFrancesco (R)1:08.9696-1.413017
237Felix Rosenqvist1:09.2245-2.133918
2448Jimmie Johnson1:09.3675-0.143018
254Dalton Kellet1:09.4407-0.143018
2611Tatiana Calderon (R)1:20.0404-12.94984

Up Next: The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with live coverage at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and the IndyCar Radio Network.

Matt Narváez
Matt Narváez
Matthew is a NASCAR contributor apart of the team. A fan of racing since 2011, he has had passion for sports journalism since 2015 and is a current Mass Communications student at the University of South Florida.

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