Given the cold and rain-halted test back in February, this was the first reasonably representative lapping at the 2.238-mile road course on the Monterey Peninsula since it returned to the topline U.S. open-wheel calendar for the first time since 2004.
That said, most drivers saved their Firestones until the second hour to allow track temperatures to rise to a more typical afternoon level. lapped the course in 1min11.100sec, an average speed of 113.317mph, on his fourth of just eight laps.
That put him 0.2885sec clear of .
’s Andretti Autosport-Honda.
Rossi and teammate – who finished the session only 17th – swapped cars at one point, their times in each others’ cars clocking 22nd and 26th times. The two cars were running radically different setups and the team decided that was the most time-efficient way to decide on the best package for the weekend, given that Rossi and RHR have similar taste in car handling.
Championship contender were fastest Chevrolet-powered runners in sixth and seventh, but over half a second off Dixon’s best.
of Dale Coyne Racing-Honda.
Hinch’s teammate .
The afternoon session will run from 1.30pm local (PT) through to 5.30pm.
|1||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:11.100|
|2||88||Colton Herta||Harding Steinbrenner Racing||1:11.388||0.2885|
|3||10||Felix Rosenqvist||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:11.468||0.3683|
|4||60||Jack Harvey||Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM||1:11.549||0.4499|
|5||27||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||1:11.567||0.4675|
|6||22||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||1:11.632||0.5319|
|7||12||Will Power||Team Penske||1:11.680||0.5804|
|8||5||James Hinchcliffe||Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:11.708||0.6083|
|9||19||Santino Ferrucci||Dale Coyne Racing||1:11.732||0.6320|
|10||21||Spencer Pigot||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:11.739||0.6398|
|12||18||Sebastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan||1:11.798||0.6986|
|13||98||Marco Andretti||Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian||1:11.852||0.7521|
|14||15||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:11.864||0.7639|
|15||7||Marcus Ericsson||Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:11.882||0.7820|
|16||2||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||1:12.037||0.9377|
|17||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||1:12.037||0.9379|
|18||26||Zach Veach||Andretti Autosport||1:12.058||0.9581|
|19||30||Takuma Sato||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:12.329||1.2294|
|21||14||Tony Kanaan||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:12.529||1.4290|
|22||28||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||1:12.545||1.4458|
|23||4||Matheus Leist||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:12.631||1.5315|
|24||25||Conor Daly||Andretti Autosport||1:12.833||1.7338|
|25||20||Ed Jones||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:12.860||1.7605|
|26||27||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||1:13.052||1.9522|