Coletti paces IndyCar warmup at Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS – KV Racing Technology rookie Stefano Coletti posted the fastest lap time in Saturday’s 30-minute morning warmup for today’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet posted a 1:10.5942 to lead the way, one of five drivers in the 1:10 bracket around the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

All of the top five were Chevrolet drivers; Simon Pagenaud, the 2014 race winner, was second ahead of Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Graham Rahal flew the flag for Honda in P6, with a best time of 1:11.0681.

The top 17 drivers were still within 0.8913 of a second.

After one of the Dale Coyne Racing Hondas had engine issues on Friday (Carlos Huertas), the other one (Francesco Dracone) had one today. Dracone’s car was stopped on the exit of oval Turn 2 with oil dry being laid down by the Holmatro Safety Team on course.

Race coverage starts at 3:30 p.m. ET with the green flag about 20 minutes thereafter.

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Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.