Rossi & Herta Pace Monterey warm-up session
Alexander Rossi was the fastest in the NTT IndyCar Series warm-up on Sunday morning at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. (Photo IndyCar)
MONTEREY, Calif .– The front of the field for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix at Monterey also led the timesheet in the 30-minute warm-up on Sunday morning.
Alexander Rossi, who starts outside row 1 of the # 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport, was the fastest with 1: 12.862 around the 11-corner, 2.258-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Pole winner and reigning race winner Colton Herta finished second in the No.26 Honda Gainbridge in 1: 12.9651.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato followed in 1: 13.3539 in the # 30 Honda, followed by the start of Andretti Autosport rider Ryan Hunter-Reay in 1: 13.4673 in the # 28 Honda DHL.
Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing completed the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda top five in 1: 13.4940.
Alex Palou holds a 25 point lead over Pato O’Ward in the NTT IndyCar Series Championship with two races to go. Palou finished ninth with 1: 13.7181. O’Ward was 21st in 1: 14.4486.
Two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden faces a 34-point shortfall with two races to go in the battle for the 2021 Series championship. He was sixth in 1: 13.6180 in the final round of qualifying. ‘warming up.
The final 30-minute practice session took place in extremely foggy conditions, which are expected to scorch over the next few hours, as is the case with the weather on the Monterey Peninsula.
Rookie Callum Ilott pulled out the only red flag of the session when he came off the course at turn six and damaged his car. This was the only major incident in practice.
The Monterey Firestone Grand Prix will begin shortly after the NBC telecast begins at 3 p.m. EST later Sunday.