Iowa newcomer McLaughlin leads 19-car IndyCar check

The three-time Supercars champion, who opened his second season of IndyCar racing with a win at St. Petersburg, has not but had an opportunity to race on the 0.894-mile D-shaped oval observe close to Des Moines, for the reason that occasion fell off the 2021 schedule, his rookie 12 months.

However a greatest lap of 18.5375sec within the 220 laps McLaughlin ran in at the moment’s check was a median velocity of 173.61mph and made him a hair faster than teammate Will Energy, who turned a formidable 282 laps.

Takuma Sato confirmed comparable type within the Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing-Honda as was seen from the combo this 12 months at Texas Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, whereas prime rookie honors went to Christian Lundgaard within the Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

Josef Newgarden, who has gained at Iowa 3 times, was fifth forward of Pato O’Ward within the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevy.

Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson was quickest of the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda quartet forward of Graham Rahal (RLL), whereas four-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves, who scored his remaining IndyCar win with Penske at Iowa Speedway 5 years in the past, was ninth.

Though Andretti Autosport-Honda was notable by its absence, Michael Andretti’s squad has a technical partnership with MSR so will glean helpful knowledge from the 214 lap whole accrued by Castroneves and teammate Simon Pagenaud. The Iowa check is seen as notably necessary, on condition that its return this 12 months sees it that includes as the one double-header on the IndyCar schedule, on July 23 and 24, as Rounds 11 and 12.

In the meantime all 4 Andretti drivers – Alexander Rossi, Colton Herta, Romain Grosjean and Devlin DeFrancesco – will check on the Indianapolis highway course on Thursday, together with Simona De Silvestro of Paretta Autosport, the Arrow McLaren SP pair of O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist and Kyle Kirkwood of AJ Foyt Racing-Chevy.

P Driver Group-Engine Lap time Laps
1 Scott McLaughlin Group Penske-Chevrolet 18.5375 220
2 Will Energy Group Penske-Chevrolet 18.5521 282
3 Takuma Sato Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR-Honda 18.5977 125
4 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda 18.7022 136
5 Josef Newgarden Group Penske-Chevrolet 18.7116 211
6 Pato O’Ward Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet 18.8194 153
7 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 18.8300 179
8 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda 18.8405 57
9 Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing-Honda 18.8659 110
10 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 18.8797 100
11 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda 18.8905 112
12 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing w/HMD-Honda 18.8907 71
13 Jimmie Johnson Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 19.0424 137
14 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda 19.0473 146
15 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing-Honda 19.0799 104
16 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing-Chevrolet 19.2056 70
17 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet 19.2492 150
18 Kyle Kirkwood AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 19.3122 122
19 Dalton Kellett AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 19.5628 180

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