The Andretti Autosport-Honda ace, who last month won the wet GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis from 16th on the grid, lapped the 2.439-mile course in 70.5574sec, an average speed of 124.443mph – around 0.1sec slower than the fastest time in the first practice for the Grand Prix.
However, the relevance of these times is somewhat under question. The drivers’ fastest laps came on sets of tires devised for Barber Motorsports Park, and the tires that will be used in the second Indy road course race of the season, to be held on July 29-30, were slightly slower.
Alexander Rossi, who will be departing Andretti Autosport for Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet at the end of this season, was second fastest, 0.19sec slower than Herta but fractionally ahead of his next team’s drivers, Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
Romain Grosjean and Devlin De Francesco were 0.58 and 0.84sec off their pacesetting teammate, but ahead of their future teammate, Kyle Kirkwood, currently in the AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet.
Paretta Autosport’s Simona De Silvestro, who made her road course IndyCar comeback two weeks ago at Road America, has made big strides at getting back into the swing of racing an open-wheel car, even taking into account the fact that she was on a much shorter track today. Her best lap was within 1.3sec of Herta’s top time.
IndyCar’s next race, the ninth round of the 2022 season, will be in 10 days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course.
|one||Colton Herta||Andretti Autosport – Honda||70.5574sec||124,443mph||63|
|2||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport – Honda||70.7497sec||124.105mph||78|
|3||Pato O’Ward||Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet||70.7898sec||124,035mph||79|
|4||Felix Rosenqvist||Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet||70.8142sec||123,992mph||94|
|5||Romain Grosjean||Andretti Autosport – Honda||71.1413sec||123.422mph||77|
|6||Devlin DeFrancesco||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda||71.3987sec||122,977mph||61|
|7||Kyle Kirkwood||AJ Foyt Racing – Chevrolet||71.4427||122.901mph||60|
|8||Simona De Silvestro||Paretta Autosport-Chevrolet||71.8532sec||122,199mph||91|