By: Spencer Neff
April 9, 2022
Saturday morning’s practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was again Honda’s moment in the spotlight. This time, Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean led the way, posting a best lap of 1m05.652 (107.914 mph) on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course in California.
In his Long Beach debut, Grosjean started sixth but finished 24th, ten laps down after late-race contact in the September 26 season finale less than seven months ago.
Teammate Colton Herta was .0451 of a second back as Andretti looks for their fourth consecutive win at Long Beach. Team Penske’s Will Power finished the session in third, best among the Chevrolet-powered cars. Alexander Rossi and yesterday’s practice leader Simon Pagenaud rounded out the Top 5.
After his accident during Friday afternoon’s practice, Jimmie Johnson suffered a fractured right hand.
He was fitted with a carbon-fiber splint and contested the session. With less than 15 minutes remaining, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver crashed into the Turn 1 tire barrier. Fortunately, he was quick to radio to his No. 48 crew that he was fine, albeit vocally frustrated.
Soon after the red flag was lifted for that accident, another collision brought practice to a halt.
In Turn 2, David Malukas went nose-first into the Turn barriers as Jack Harvey stalled behind him. Minutes later, Graham Rahal suffered the same fate. Fortunately, despite a handful of drivers suffering damage, there were no major incidents.
Here is the remaining on-track schedule for this weekend. All times listed are local track times (Pacific). Continue with IndyCar1909 and all our platforms for the latest on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Saturday, April 9
12:05 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium (live)
Sunday, April 10
9-9:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium (live) Noon – Driver introductions
Noon – NBC on air
12:38 p.m. – Start engines command
12:45 p.m. – Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps/167.28 miles), NBC and Peacock Premium (live)
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