Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Palou Leads Final Practice for Sonsio GP at Road America

Alex Palou drives his No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda around Road America.
Alex Palou and Chip Ganassi Racing top the NTT IndyCar Series field during the final on-track activity before Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America. Image courtesy of James Black / Penske Entertainment

Alex Palou led the way in the final practice session of the weekend before Sunday’s Sosnio Grand Prix from Road America.

Piloting the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Palou had the primary (black sidewall) Firestone tires fitted and ran a lap at 1m45.2291s around the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course. Palou’s pace topped Josef Newgarden by 0.3046s.

Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud was third quickest sitting 0.3461s off of Palou. Rookie David Malukas and Felix Rosenqvist round out the top five positions.

Romain Grosjean placed sixth-fastest, who had his practice shortened due to a penalty from qualifying. The No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda team pushed their car through the incorrect pit-wall gap to get back to the garage area.

Pole-sitter, Alexander Rossi was seventh. Pato O’Ward slotted in eighth. Will Power and another rookie Christian Lundgaard closed out the top 10.

It was a calm session with the lingering factor of rain, that carried over from qualifying. The precipitation did not effect the track surface, becoming more persistent in the final five minutes.

With only eight minutes left in the session, Tatiana Calderon, slowly drove off to the side of the track as she exited Turn 8. The No. 11 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet was pulled off to the grass behind the left side wall.

Up Next: The Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America at 12:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, with live coverage on NBC and IndyCar LIVE! 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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