Herta leads morning warmup

By: Spencer Neff
February 27, 2022

Results Combined Practice Results

Looking to continue where he left off in 2021, Colton Herta topped the speed chart during Sunday morning’s warmup for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The Andretti Autosport driver posted a best lap of 1m00.3283 (107.412 mph) on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit in St. Petersburg, Florida. In this afternoon’s race, he will start third.

Herta will try to repeat his win from last year and continue a winning streak that dates back to the final two races of last year at Laguna Seca and Long Beach.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden finished in second as the top Chevrolet entry behind the Honda entry, .2688 of a second back. Defending series champion Alex Palou finished third with Juncos Holinger Racing’s Callum Ilott the highest-placing rookie in fourth.

With about nine minutes left, Jimmie Johnson locked up his brakes and spun on the entrance to Turn 10.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver did not sustain any damage to his No. 48 entry but the red flag was brought out on the session. After a brief stoppage, the session continued unabated before Helio Castroneves spun in Turn 6 with less than two minutes to run.

Castroneves was able to continue on without further issue but the session would soon be over.

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Sunday, Feb. 27

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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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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