By: Spencer Neff
April 1, 2023
Picking up where he left off in 2022, Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin finished the opening 60-minute practice at Texas Motor Speedway as the fastest of the 28-car field for Sunday’s PPG 375.
Last year’s runner-up posted a best lap of 223.747 mph (23.169) on the 1.5-mile oval. The Arrow McLaren duo of Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi made it a Top 3 sweep for Chevrolet. O’Ward was .0238 of a second back of Mclaughlin. With Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta and Devlin DeFrancesco as the fastest Honda-powered entries to complete the Top 5.
Among some other notables in the field, the drivers making their 2023 debut, Takuma Sato and Ed Carpenter, were eighth and 25th. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen was 18th, best among the trio of drivers making their debut at TMS.
Last year’s Texas winner Josef Newgarden was ninth, with St. Petersburg winner and current points leader Marcus Ericsson 19th of 28 cars. Between first and 28th, the separation was a scant .8329 of a second.
With the opening session completed, the focus now shifts to setting the field for Sunday’s race. Below is a full schedule for the remainder of this weekend. Stay with IndyCar1909 and our social media platforms for all the latest on the PPG 375.
At-track schedule (All times local/Central Time):
Saturday, April 1
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (Single car, Two laps), Peacock
12:45-1:15 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES high-line session (two groups/15 minutes), Peacock
1:30-2:30 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES final practice (all cars), Peacock
Sunday, April 2
11 a.m. NBC on air
11:10 a.m. “Drivers, start your engines”
11:15 a.m. PPG 375 (250 laps / 375 miles), NBC (Live)
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