Graham Rahal, Juan Pablo Montoya fastest in final IndyCar practice

2 Comments

The final practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway ended in a tie, as Graham Rahal and Juan Pablo Montoya both posted a fast speed of 215.002 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

Rahal was one of three Honda’s in the top five, including Gabby Chaves in P3 (214.796), and Ryan Hunter-Reay in P5.

Tony Kanaan was P4 with a speed of 214.750 mph. Polesitter Will Power finished the session in 11th.

Hunter-Reay bounced back from qualifying in 21st in the 23 -field and wrecking in the first practice session of the day.

Coverage of the Firestone 600 on NBCSN begins at 8:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, with the pre-race at 8 p.m. ET.

Speed Chart:

source:

Andretti ‘getting closer’ to re-signing Alexander Rossi in IndyCar

INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
Leave a comment

TORONTO – Team owner Michael Andretti told NBCSports.com that contract negotiations with both Alexander Rossi and Honda Performance Development are progressing positively with hopes of reaching a conclusion “within the next week or two.”

Andretti spoke to NBCSports.com and to NBCN’s Robin Miller Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

“I think things are getting there,” Andretti said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re close. I can’t comment, but I think things are going in the right direction.

“Honda has been great. They’ve been really good to work with. I’m hoping we can put something together there, too. We’ve been part of Honda for so long. I think we are getting real close there.

“I’m hoping to have this resolved in the next week or two.”

Rossi, who is in the final year of his contract, finished third in the race, one position ahead of championship rival Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

That leaves Rossi just four points behind Newgarden heading into Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway.

Rossi’s agent is his father, Pieter.

NBCSports.com spoke to Pieter Rossi before the race, and he also expressed optimism that a deal will be reached soon for his son as the star driver, 27, enters the prime years of his career.

Andretti had separate meetings with Honda Performance Development officials and with Pieter Rossi in the hours leading up to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.