Alexander Rossi paces morning warmup at Barber Motorsports Park

By: Spencer Neff
April 30,2023

Warmup Results Combined Practice Results Starting Grid Tire Designations

In anticipation of Sunday’s Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix, the 27-car grid of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES completed a final 30-minute warmup .

When all was said and done, Arrow McLaren, last year’s winning team, was atop the speed chart at Barber Motorsports Park. Alexander Rossi and the No. 7 entry would lead the way, posting a best lap of 1m06.6677 (124.198 mph) on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rossi will start 10th in this afternoon’s race. In six previous starts at this venue, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner has a best finish of fifth (2017 and 2019).

Following Rossi’s Chevrolet was the Honda trio of Colton Herta with Andretti Autosport, Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Herta’s teammate Kyle Kirkwood. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who leads all drivers with three wins at Barber Motorsports Park, bookended the Top Five for Chevrolet.

Pole winner Romain Grosjean ended the afternoon session in 23rd while last year’s race winner Pato O’Ward was 13th and current points leader Marcus Ericsson was 16th. Friday’s practice leader Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske was seventh and will roll off fourth later this afternoon. Alex Palou, who starts on the front row with Grosjean, was eighth.

Aside from Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Callum Ilott veering off-course in Turn 1 before returning to the racing surface, the session was completed without incident. With all on-track sessions completed, the focus now moves to this afternoon’s 90-lap race.

Here is the remaining on track schedule for Sunday. Stay with IndyCar1909 for the latest on the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix.

At-track schedule (All Times Local/Central Time):

Sunday, April 30

2 p.m. – NBC on air

2:23 p.m. – Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix “Drivers, start your engines”

2:30 p.m. – Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix (90 laps / 207 miles), NBC (Live)

Header Image By Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR


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