Palou heads McLaughlin in warm-up

Alex Palou topped race day warm-up for the 2022 IndyCar finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, forward of Group Penske’s Scott McLaughlin.

Drivers spent the session both scrubbing units of tires or testing how lengthy their tires final on the abrasive WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Pato O’Ward noticed a drop off of round 2.5 seconds working a dozen laps on the Firestone alternates on his Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet, Rinus VeeKay noticed seven second fall-off in his Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet over 18 laps additionally on the softer rubber.

On alternate tires, Alex Palou forward of most likely his closing occasion for Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda, set a greatest time of 1min12.9318sec. The outgoing champion will likely be beginning the race from 11th, having obtained a six-place grid drop as a result of an early change to a fifth Honda.

McLaughlin of Group Penske-Chevrolet completed second, with a time set on Firestone primaries, forward of Alexander Rossi who will start his closing race for Andretti Autosport-Honda from third on the grid.

David Malukas, searching for to assert the Rookie of the Yr title from sixth on the grid, was fourth quickest forward of one other Andretti automotive, Devlin DeFrancesco’s.

VeeKay’s greatest effort on his run netted sixth quickest forward of Felix Rosenqvist (AMSP) and Chip Ganassi Racing’s primary title contender in the present day, Scott Dixon.

Colton Herta fell off the observe exiting Flip 10 however received into ninth, simply forward of teammate Romain Grosjean who’ll begin from fourth alongside one other teammate, Rossi.

The inexperienced flag drops on the IndyCar finale at 12.30pm native (Pacific) time. Will Energy begins from pole and has a 21 level lead over Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden, who begins from 25th after a spin in qualifying.

 


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