Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden rallied from a huge crash in NTT P1 Award qualifying Saturday to lead the warmup Sunday for the XPEL Grand Prix at Road America presented by AMR.

Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Newgarden led the 30-minute session with a top lap of 1 minute, 43.1311 seconds in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet. That time came in a backup car after his primary car suffered major damage Saturday when Newgarden slid off a damp track in the high-speed “kink” section of the back straightaway during the Firestone Fast Six, hitting the SAFER Barrier with frightening impact.

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Newgarden, winner of the last two Indianapolis 500s, will start sixth in the 55-lap race. Live coverage starts at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock and at 3 p.m. ET on the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin was second in warmup with a top lap of 1:43.4258 in the No. 3 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet. McLaughlin, who will start eighth, and the other 26 drivers in the field used the 30-minute session to hone their race setups in dry conditions, as sunny skies dawned over the 14-turn, 4.014-mile natural road circuit today after a mixture of heavy and intermittent rain for most of Saturday.

The biggest question for all remains how to balance use of the Firestone primary and alternate slick tires during the race after all laps Saturday except for the Firestone Fast Six were turned on Firestone grooved rain tires. INDYCAR rules require the use of both compounds of slick tire during each road and street course race.

“Unfortunately, because of the rain yesterday, the XPEL Chevy never got a taste of what it felt like in the dry,” McLaughlin said. “Today, it feels really, really good. Pretty happy with all the changes we made.”

Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon was third at 1:43.7895 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Series points leader Dixon will start 10th.

Romain Grosjean improved upon his 14th starting position by ending up fourth in the warmup at 1:43.9852 in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet. Colton Herta, who will start second, was fifth at 1:44.2889 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda of Andretti Global with Curb-Agajanian.

NTT P1 Award winner Linus Lundqvist clocked in 17th at 1:44.8084 in the No. 8 American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.