Simon Pagenaud topped final practice for Sunday’a Iowa Corn 300. Pagenaud’s best lap came at an average of 179.617 mph, just ahead of Ed Carpenter in second. Pagenaud’s teammate Will Power was third, with Scott Dixon ending up fourth. Josef Newgarden ended the session in fifth to put three Team Penske entries in the top five.
Of note, Andretti Autosport struggled somewhat in final practice. Alexander Rossi was the best of the Andretti quartet in 10th, with Takuma Sato right behind him in 11th. Ryan Hunter-Reay (16th) and Marco Andretti (18th) were both outside of the top 15.
Times are below. The Iowa Corn Indy 300 begins tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test
The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.
Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.
Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.
The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.