Thursday, March 30, 2023

Colton Herta Leads St. Petersburg IndyCar Warmup

Colton Herta on track at St. Petersburg in 2023.
Colton Herta on track at St. Petersburg in 2023. Photo courtesy of James Black/Penske Entertainment.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Colton Herta backed up his second place qualifying effort Saturday afternoon with the fastest time in Sunday morning warmup ahead of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda went around the 14-turn, 1.8-mile street circuit in 1 minute, 0.5886 seconds to average 106.951 mph. Behind Herta was Andretti Autosport teammate Kyle Kirkwood who will start fifth.

Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Callum Ilott rounded out the top five in the 30 minute session.

No drivers caused a red flag for wall contact but there were many drivers that had small wall brushes or spins into the runoff from brake lockups.

The 100-lap race will air live on NBC with the broadcast starting at noon ET. The race will begin a half hour later.

Warmup rundown:

  1. Colton Herta
  2. Kyle Kirkwood
  3. Scott Dixon
  4. Helio Castroneves
  5. Callum Ilott
  6. Josef Newgarden
  7. Alex Palou
  8. Will Power
  9. Simon Pagenaud
  10. Marcus Ericsson
  11. Romain Grosjean
  12. Devlin DeFrancesco
  13. Christian Lundgaard
  14. Marcus Armstrong
  15. Graham Rahal
  16. Jack Harvey
  17. Scott McLaughlin
  18. Rinus VeeKay
  19. Pato O’Ward
  20. Felix Rosenqvist
  21. David Malukas
  22. Agustin Canapino
  23. Conor Daly
  24. Alexander Rossi
  25. Sting Ray Robb
  26. Santino Ferrucci
  27. Benjamin Pedersen

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