IndyCar Iowa: Herta leads Daly, Power in first practice

David Malsher-Lopez
·3-min read

Herta, who lies second in the championship, lapped the 0.894-mile course in 18.713sec, an average speed of 171.990mph, on the 43rd of his 47 total laps. That usurped Daly who has switched to Carlin due to this being a non-Indy 500 oval, as his road course berth at Ed Carpenter Racing seat has been taken over by oval specialist team boss.

Most drivers squeezed in two laps on fresh tires to simulate their runs in qualifying which has a unique format for this weekend’s double-header. As usual on ovals, qualifying is a one-by-one affair, with each car running two consecutive flying laps. However, grid positions on this occasion will not depend on an average of these two laps. Instead, the first flying lap will set the grid for this evening’s race, and the second lap will set the grid for tomorrow evening’s race.

Will Power was fastest of the Team Penske-Chevrolet trio on 171.092mph, separated from his teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud by the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car of Santino Ferrucci.

Runaway points leader Scott Dixon was seventh, ahead of Rinus VeeKay in Carpenter’s #21 machine. That made the 2019 Indy Lights runner-up fastest of the rookies, who got an extra 30 minutes on track before the veterans came out for their hour-long session.

Marcus Ericsson, who finished fourth last Sunday, took ninth to outpace his teammate, compatriot and Road America winner Felix Rosenqvist.

Tony Kanaan in the newly Bryant-liveried #14 AJ Foyt Racing-Chevy was a fine 10th fastest in his return to the series.

Qualifying begins at 4.30pm local (Central) time/ 5.30pm ET, with tonight’s race due to start at 8.10pm CT / 9.10pm ET.

1

United States

Colton Herta

Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport

47

18.712

171.990

2

United States

Conor Daly

United Kingdom

Carlin

60

18.767

0.054

171.488

3

Australia

Will Power

United States

Team Penske

58

18.810

0.098

171.092

4

United States

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan

72

18.812

0.099

171.080

5

United States

Josef Newgarden

United States

Team Penske

72

18.812

0.099

171.077

6

France

Simon Pagenaud

United States

Team Penske

73

18.850

0.137

170.733

7

New Zealand

Scott Dixon

United States

Chip Ganassi Racing

54

18.919

0.206

170.111

8

Netherlands

Rinus van Kalmthout

United States

Ed Carpenter Racing

123

19.004

0.291

169.353

9

Sweden

Marcus Ericsson

United States

Chip Ganassi Racing

72

19.035

0.323

169.071

10

Brazil

Tony Kanaan

United States

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

48

19.036

0.323

169.066

11

Japan

Takuma Sato

United States

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

53

19.056

0.344

168.884

12

United States

Oliver Askew

Arrow McLaren SP

91

19.111

0.398

168.401

13

United States

Zach Veach

United States

Andretti Autosport

64

19.132

0.419

168.216

14

United States

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani

62

19.136

0.423

168.186

15

Mexico

Patricio O'Ward

Arrow McLaren SP

95

19.156

0.444

168.004

16

United States

Ryan Hunter-Reay

United States

Andretti Autosport

51

19.162

0.450

167.950

17

Spain

Alex Palou

Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh

150

19.194

0.481

167.672

18

United States

Charlie Kimball

United States

A.J. Foyt Enterprises

55

19.247

0.534

167.210

19

Sweden

Felix Rosenqvist

United States

Chip Ganassi Racing

72

19.314

0.601

166.631

20

United States

Alexander Rossi

United States

Andretti Autosport

60

19.319

0.606

166.592

21

United States

Ed Carpenter

United States

Ed Carpenter Racing

61

19.325

0.613

166.534

22

United Kingdom

Jack Harvey

United States

Meyer Shank Racing

111

19.353

0.640

166.296

23

United States

Graham Rahal

United States

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

49

19.578

0.865

164.384

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