Graham Rahal topped the time charts in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ final practice ahead of today’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Ohio native recorded a time of 1:05.0239 in his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda for an average speed of 125.012mph around the sprawling 13-turn, 2.25 mile circuit.
Helio Castroneves was 0.2768 from Rahal’s session-best time. Marco Andretti, Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the top five.
Aside from Castroneves, two more Chevrolet-powered machines recorded times in the top 10; Conor Daly in 6th and Josef Newgarden in 7th.
Today’s pole-sitter Will Power paced the track 1.1584 seconds off the top time in 16th place.
Spencer Pigot brought out the only interruption to green flag running when the rear end of his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet stepped out in Turn 13. The young American driver tried to save the car but careened into the wall, popping the nose of his machine into the air. He has been checked and cleared by the in-field care center.
The Honda Indy 200 features a packed schedule for fans today at Mid-Ohio. The Pirelli World Challenge GT Race 2 is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Eastern and followed by the final Indy Lights race of the weekend at 1:20 p.m. The Indy Lights race will be streamed live at racecontrol.indycar.com.
IndyCar teams will start pushing their machines out on pit lane at 2:35 and gridding up at 2:50. Fans will be treated to the signature driver introduction celebration at 3:00 outside of Turn 1 in the infield. The call to start engines is scheduled for 3:40 with a green flag set for 3:47.
There are multiple ways to follow the Honda Indy 200 live. The IndCar Mobile App on Verizon Wireless devices is a great option for second-screen information while most race fans will prefer live television coverage on CNBC, starting at 3:00. For free live coverage of the race, catch the Advanced Autoparts IndyCar Radio network’s coverage of the event live from racecontrol.indycar.com.
Race Day Schedule (all times Eastern)
12:00 – 1:05 PM – Pirelli World Challenge Race 2
1:20 – 2:25 PM – Indy Lights Race 2
2:50 PM – Cars to Grid
3:00 PM – Driver Introductions
3:00 PM – CNBC Coverage Starts
3:40 PM – Drivers Start Your Engines
3:47 PM – Green Flag (90 Laps)