Firestone Grand Prix: Friday Recap

By: Spencer Neff
April 23, 2021

Practice 1 Results

On Friday, the 24-car field took to the streets of St. Petersburg for the first time in preparation for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

During the 45-minute session, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way. The two-time race winner posted a best lap of 1m00.8029 on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit. Fellow two-time race winner Will Power finished .0073 of a second off his teammate’s best lap.

Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta topped the Honda-powered teams in third. Aside from an early delay due to data issues, Sebastien Bourdais stopping in the Turn 10 runoff area was the only red flag on the session.

Up Next

(left to right) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Co-Owner Bobby Rahal is joined by Borg Warner CEO Frédéric Lissalde (holding a cutout of co-owner David Letterman), 2020 Indianapolis 500 winning driver Takuma Sato and co-owner Mike Lanigan as the team is printed their “Baby Borg” for winning the 104th “500” (Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Here is the remaining schedule for this weekend’s on-track activity. Keep tabs on this weekend’s action with IndyCar1909.com and our social media platforms, listed at the bottom of our webpage.

Saturday, April 24

9:45-10:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice, Peacock Premium

1:45-3 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium (Live)/NBCSN (Same-day delay, 10 p.m. ET)

Sunday, April 25

9:05-9:35 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium

Noon – NBC Sports on air

12:35 p.m. – “Drivers, start your engines”

12:42 p.m. – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (100 laps / 181 miles), NBC (Live)

Header Image By Chris Owens/INDYCAR

Published by Spencer Neff

I am a lifelong auto racing fan. Through IndyCar1909, I look forward to sharing my passion for the series and its illustrious history with you.

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