MILWAUKEE – As he did on Saturday, Josef Newgarden led practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers in the No. 67 Direct Supply CFH Racing Chevrolet.
Newgarden improved upon his Saturday speed of 169.626 mph and got into the 170 range, at 170.654 mph. Helio Castroneves also did in second.
Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball and Takuma Sato completed the top five, with James Jakes ending sixth to make it four Hondas in the top six.
The first and only caution flag of the session flew for debris at 9:30 a.m., and there were no major incidents.
Qualifying is set to take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CT and local time. It will air on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 3 p.m. CT and 4 p.m. ET: the stream link is here: http://nbcsnstream.nbcsports.com.
Practice times are below; the qualifying order is below that:
1 #18 Pippa Mann
2 #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 #4 Stefano Coletti (R)
4 #11 Sebastien Bourdais
5 #98 Gabby Chaves (R)
6 #1 Will Power
7 #22 Simon Pagenaud
8 #26 Carlos Munoz
9 #7 James Jakes
10 #25 Justin Wilson
11 #14 Takuma Sato
12 #83 Charlie Kimball
12b #10 Tony Kanaan
14 #3 Helio Castroneves
15 #67 Josef Newgarden
16 #19 Tristan Vautier
17 #2 Juan Pablo Montoya
18 #9 Scott Dixon
19 #41 Jack Hawksworth
20 #5 Ryan Briscoe
21 #20 Ed Carpenter
22 #15 Graham Rahal
23 #27 Marco Andretti
24 #8 Sage Karam (R)
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists
IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.