NS David Morgan, Co-editor
Long Beach, CA – Colton Herta, who won a week ago, found Andretti Autosport Honda at the top of the opening practice at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Friday in a familiar territory. ..
Hertha’s car, reminiscent of driving down the streets of Nashville in August, seemed out of control around a temporary street course of 1.968 miles, 11 turns, but seems to have been built by a 21-year-old man. The clock does not lie to lead a 45 minute session with a lap of 1 minute 9.268 seconds.
“It really felt good,” Hertha said. “It’s like every street course we rolled off with a really good street course car and a really good balance. Thanks to everyone’s work, this year we’ve found a really good dumping and one-third can bring to the street course. So far, we are really good for everyone.
“Yeah, I was happy. I was a little surprised at the grip level and how fast everyone got to speed up. It was very interesting. But yeah, I’m happy with what happened that day. increase.”
The native Californian made one close call during the practice. His 26th Honda was about to slip into the wall, but he was able to avoid the disaster and save it at the last minute.
“I thought I would hit the wall until it came and snapped back,” Hertha said she thought she could save it during the near miss. “Fortunately, I don’t know what happened, but I didn’t know. One of those things you have big front tires, sometimes the car saves itself. It happened there. It’s like that. I was just together for a ride. “
Simon Pagenaud scored second during the session, raising the flying lap after a previous off-track excursion, and NTT IndyCar Series point leader Alex Palou finished the practice in third place.
“Yeah, that’s good,” said Parrow. “It was all about learning trucks and the like. But yeah, I’m pretty happy. The car was good. It was a simple session. Yes, I speeded up pretty fast. I’m very happy with the car at the moment. I am.
“”[The track] It’s a little bumpier than I expected, and a little less slippery than I expected … but honestly, it’s really fun. I really like it. The truck really flows. You can connect a corner that you can’t actually get on another street course to another corner. So yeah, I think it’s one of my favorite street courses we’ve been to. “
The rest of the top 10 went to Felix Rosenqvist, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Hélio Castroneves, Scott McLaughlin, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden.
With two of the three championship candidates finishing in the top 10, Patricio O’Ward, who is currently second in the point race after Parrow, will spend the rest of the weekend 16NS The fastest time.
“It’s hard to say where we are,” O’Ward said. “The car wasn’t in the best mood. If you tell a lie, you’ll lie. So we need to find out what’s wrong with it and try to go in a direction that helps qualify. I think the qualifying here will be everything.
“But yeah, it’s really annoying. Cars were everywhere. Yeah, sorry.”
The session was relatively incident-free, with the exception of Pagenaud’s aforementioned off-track excursion, along with a spin by New Garden, a spin by Scott Dixon, and a few spins by Jimmie Johnson. All of those drivers were able to escape unharmed, but Oliver Askew wasn’t so lucky, touching the wall of his No. 45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda and right rear of his car. Was damaged.
A second practice session at 9am Pacific Standard Time followed by a qualifying session at 12:05 pm is scheduled for Saturday’s IndyCar Series drivers at Long Beach. The warm-up is Sunday at 9am and the 85 lap season finale is at 12am. 30 pm at NBC Sports Network.
Hertha leads the opening of Long Beach Practices, Championship Leader Parrowthard-Motorsport Tribune
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