INDIANAPOLIS – Rookies ruled in Friday’s second practice for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) and Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing) were 1-2 in the 45-minute practice leading to NTT P1 Award knockout qualifying, which airs live on NBCSN and INDYCAR Pass at 4:30 p.m. That meant Honda was atop the speed chart with Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing) third in the fastest Chevrolet.
Herta was 15th in the morning practice, Rosenqvist was fourth.
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX: Practice 2 results | Qualifying order
In the second practice, Herta turned a lap of 1 minute, 8.0393 seconds (129.049 mph) with Rosenqvist running 1:08.2471 (128.656 mph). Pigot’s best lap was 1:08.2663 (127.272 mph).
Will Power led the day’s first practice session with a lap of 1:09.2890 seconds (126.721 mph) on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course. The session-winning lap came after all cars were granted one timed lap following a late red-flag stoppage when Helio Castroneves, Power’s teammate, was stopped on course. But Power was 16th in the second session.
Still, Power will be one to watch in qualifying. He has won three of the past four poles for the INDYCAR Grand Prix, including the past two when he won the 85-lap race from the top starting position.
Coverage of the INDYCAR Grand Prix, the fifth race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, begins at 3 p.m. Saturday on NBC, NBCSsports.com, the NBC Sports app and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.