Friday, March 24, 2023

Ericsson Lays Down Fastest Lap in Indy GP Warm-Up

The No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet being towed onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pit-road.
Marcus Ericsson leads the field of 27 NTT IndyCar Series drivers in the warm-up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Image courtesy of James Black / Penske Entertainment

Marcus Ericsson led the way in the morning warm-up before today’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The 31-year-old Swede logged 19 circuits around the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course and had a fastest lap of 1m11.0839s, with his final one turned that topped the field as time expired.

Illott, second fastest, trailed the Chip Ganassi Racing pilot with a lap time that was 0.1131s slower. Felix Rosenqvist led majority of the session, sitting 0.1152s behind the fastest lap time in third.

For a 30-minute session for teams to dial in their cars for the race later today, drivers had no patience and were willing to simulate race conditions.

In the beginning of the session, Alex Palou locked up his left front tire entering Turn 7 as he was on his out lap to start his first run. That section of the track is likely going to be a place of trouble and passing in the race.

Late in the session, Helio Castroneves used up Kyle Kirkwood as they approached Turn 8. The No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet was shoved off the track into the grass, thought presumably with damage presumed.

At the tight Turn 1 right hander, Romain Grosjean attempted an outside move on Rinus VeeKay. Leaving each other space, the Frenchman couldn’t make the corner and narrowly missed the grass.

Up Next: GMR Grand Prix at 3:00 p.m. ET, live with coverage on NBC, Peacock, IndyCar Live and IndyCar Radio.

PositionCar No.DriverLap TimeDiff.Laps
18Marcus Ericsson1:11.0839 19
277Callum Ilott (R)1:11.1970 -0.113117
37Felix Rosenqvist1:11.2391 -0.155222
426Colton Herta1:11.2552 -0.171319
545Jack Harvey1:11.2630 -0.179120
615Graham Rahal1:11.2646 -0.180719
72Josef Newgarden1:11.3181 -0.234219
810Alex Palou1:11.4134 -0.329520
912Will Power1:11.4339 -0.350020
1030Christian Lundgaard (R)1:11.4345 -0.350620
119Scott Dixon1:11.5390 -0.455120
1221Rinus VeeKay1:11.6531 -0.569222
135Pato O'Ward1:11.7644 -0.680520
1418David Malukas (R)1:11.7778 -0.693916
1527Alexander Rossi1:11.7789 -0.695017
1660Simon Pagenaud1:11.7839 -0.700018
173Scott McLaughlin1:11.8086 -0.724721
1848Jimmie Johnson1:11.8732 -0.789322
1929Devlin DeFrancesco (R)1:11.9935 -0.909619
2020Conor Daly1:12.0796 -0.9957 20
2151Takuma Sato1:12.1549 -1.071022
2214Kyle Kirkwood (R)1:12.1971 -1.113217
236Juan Pablo Montoya1:12.2614 -1.177516
2406Helio Castroneves1:12.2783 -1.194417
2528Romain Grosjean1:12.3157 -1.231820
264Dalton Kellett1:12.5358 -1.451920
2711Tatiana Calderon (R)1:12.7262 -1.642316
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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