By: Spencer Neff
February 26, 2022
During the second and final session before qualifying for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin set a blistering time of 59.7342 (108.481 miles per hour), the only driver to run a sub-minute lap.
Finishing second as he did yesterday, Colton Herta would lead the way for the Honda camp, as the Andretti Autosport entry was .3509 of a second back of McLaughlin. In eighth, A.J. Foyt Racing’s Kyle Kirkwood was best among the six rookies running this weekend.
After a mostly tame opening practice on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning’s session saw multiple drivers run into problems.
Just over 15 minutes into practice, Jack Harvey brushed the outside retaining wall in Turn 9. Harvey then made heavy contact with the inside wall as the ensuing damage brought his session to a premature end.
Later on in the session, Romain Grosjean slammed into the back of Takuma Sato’s Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing entry, with the Andretti Autosport driver getting the worst of the exchange in Turn 10. In Turn 8, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson spun. Johnson was the only driver to continue on.
Turn 9 struck again in the waning minutes of the session as defending series champion Alex Palou had a similar incident to Harvey’s prompting another red flag as his Chip Ganassi Racing entry would need to be taken off track.
With the second practice completed, the focus now turns to qualifying this afternoon. Here is a schedule of the remaining on-track sessions for the weekend.
Saturday, Feb. 26
12:30-1:45 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium (Live)
Sunday, Feb. 27
8:45-9:15 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium
Noon – NBC Sports on air
12:23 p.m. – “Drivers, start your engines”
12:30 p.m. – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding (100 laps / 181 miles), NBC, Telemundo and Peacock Premium (Live)
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