Colton Herta

Colton Herta returned to the top of the time sheets Sunday for the morning warmup before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding.

Herta paced the 30-minute session on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street circuit with a time of 59.9267 seconds. He led practice Saturday morning at 1:00.1331 before qualifying fourth at 59.8189 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda fielded by Andretti Global.

SEE: Warmup Results | Starting Lineup

Two Chip Ganassi Racing champion drivers who had disappointing qualifying results Saturday rebounded to take the second and third spots in the final practice. Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon, who qualified 11th, was second at 59.9734 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Two-time and reigning series champion Alex Palou jumped to third at 1:00.0292 in the No. 10 DHL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda after qualifying 13th.

Next came two Team Penske teammates. Scott McLaughlin was fourth at 1:00.1673 in the No. 3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet. NTT P1 Award winner and two-time series champion Josef Newgarden slipped to fifth at 1:00.2893 in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

Up next is the 100-lap race at noon ET on NBC, Peacock, Universo and the INDYCAR Radio Network.