Josef Newgarden led Saturday morning’s 45-minute practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The series sophomore lapped the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 1:06.654 in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda.
Marco Andretti, E.J. Viso, James Hinchcliffe and Justin Wilson rounded out the top five.
The session had a long red flag for an accident by Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Kimball lost control through Turn 1 and backed into the tire barriers, temporarily getting airborne, but landing right side up. The car suffered severe damage at the rear, forcing a change to a backup car but not a change of engines.
Qualifying groups are below. The session is green at 2 p.m. ET local time and on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. ET later this evening.
It will be a normal qualifying session with the fastest six in each group advancing to the top 12, with the six best there moving into the Firestone Fast Six.
Group 1 Group 2
#9 Scott Dixon #12 Will Power
#10 Dario Franchitti #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay
#83 Charlie Kimball #98 Luca Filippi
#27 James Hinchcliffe #25 Marco Andretti
#78 Simona de Silvestro #77 Simon Pagenaud
#3 Helio Castroneves #11 Tony Kanaan
#67 Josef Newgarden #7 Sebastien Bourdais
#5 E.J. Viso #55 Tristan Vautier
#19 Justin Wilson #4 Oriol Servia
#18 James Davison #15 Graham Rahal
#6 Sebastian Saavedra #16 James Jakes
#20 Ed Carpenter #14 Takuma Sato
Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
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