By: Spencer Neff
April 10, 2022
Continuing a dominant weekend for both he and the Andretti Autosport camp, Colton Herta posted the best lap in Sunday morning’s 30-minute warmup for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Starting on pole for the 85-lap race and looking to repeat his September win this afternoon, the No. 26 Andretti with Curb-Agajanian driver ran a best lap of 1m05.8645 (107.566 mph).
Herta lapped the 1.968-mile, 11-turn California street circuit at .3278 of a second quicker than second-fastest Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon’s teammate Marcus Ericsson and Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud would make it a Top 4 sweep for Honda.
Team Penske’s Will Power was best among the 11 Chevrolet entries in this morning’s session. After winning the first two races of 2022, the news from the session was not all good for Penske’s outfit.
Early in the warmup, points leader Scott McLaughlin dropped out of the session. After failing to record a lap at speed, the Team Penske driver’s No. 3 was forced back to the paddock with exhaust header issues. He will start ninth as he looks to hold on to his lead, currently at 27 over teammate Power.
Josef Newgarden will join Herta on the front row as he looks to make it two wins in a row.
As time began to wind down, Graham Rahal stopped in between Turns 4 and 5 after a half-spin. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver continued with only a flat left-rear tire. He starts the race in 14th.
Here is the broadcast schedule for this afternoon’s race, along with tire strategies for all 26 entrants. Continue with IndyCar1909 and all our platforms for the latest on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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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