Josef Newgarden fastest in Long Beach warmup

By: Spencer Neff
April 16, 2023

Warmup Results Combined Practice Results Starting Grid Tire Choices

As he looks to become the seventh driver to win in consecutive years at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Josef Newgarden put his Team Penske Dallara-Chevrolet atop the speed chart in Sunday morning’s warmup. The most recent winner of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES ran a best lap of 1m06.5611 (106.441 mph) on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit.

Newgarden will roll off eighth on the grid in today’s 85-lap race.

Alexander Rossi, himself a two-time winner at Long Beach (2018 and 2019), made it a 1-2 for Chevrolet. The Arrow McLaren driver’s best lap was .1929 of a second off Newgarden’s. Rossi starts today’s race in 11th. 2021 race winner Colton Herta was third, the fastest Honda. He starts 7th. Teammate and Sunday’s pole winner Kyle Kirkwood ended the 30-minute practice fifth of 27 cars.

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen was best among the four rookies in today’s field, ending the session 15th. Pedersen starts 23rd in his debut on the legendary California venue.

After complaining of a headache following yesterday’s qualifying, David Malukas was checked and cleared by the INDYCAR Medical staff prior to Sunday morning’s warmup. The Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports driver placed his No. 18 22nd in the 27-car field. He’ll start 25th today.

Up Next

Here is the race day schedule. 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.

Sunday, April 16

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 (live)

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