Josef Newgarden posted the fastest lap of the first practice session for the IndyCar Classic with a time of 1 minute, 48.657 seconds.
He beat rookie Colton Herta by .137 seconds.
Herta was not on track at the end of the session, however. He spun and stopped on course in Turn 8 after an apparent engine lockup with 17 minutes remaining.
“There was no indication before it happened,” Herta told NBC Sports Gold and snapped his fingers to show its immediacy. “Literally, it just blew up. No loss of power, no nothing – and then there was nothing.”
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The red flag waved for 15 minutes. With two minutes remaining on the clock, IndyCar guaranteed that everyone who went out would get a green flag lap and the session ended under green.
Alexander Rossi (1:49.046), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:49.501) and Graham Rahal (1:49.508) rounded out the top five.
Felix Rosenqvist (1:49.685) was the second-fastest rookie in the session.
Rookie Patricio O’Ward posted the most laps at 10.
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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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