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O’Ward Hustles to Top of Road America Speed ​​Chart

O'Ward Hustles to Top of Road America Speed ​​Chart

Pato O’Ward was the fastest driver in practice Saturday morning for the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America presented by AMR, with a top lap of 1 minute 45.2681 seconds in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

O’Ward was more than a second faster than his best lap in practice Friday, 1:46.3426. That was good for a 10th place finish in that session on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road track, the longest in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

TO SEE: Practice results

“We’ve done a really good job overnight,” O’Ward said. “We have her in the window. It feels a lot better than yesterday. Yesterday was really messy.

“It’s such a long track where you’ll lose so much if you’re really struggling with a balance problem. But if you have something you’re comfortable with and can rush, of course it’s worth it. We’re looking forward to qualifying Who knows what red tires (Firestone alternative tires) will do?”

The next NTT P1 Award Qualifier is at 1:45 PM (ET). Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network will be reporting live.

Will Power was second fastest with 1:45.3849 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, followed by reigning series champion Alex Palou with 1:45.4062 in the No. 10 The American Legion Honda.

Fastest Friday at 1:45.6027, Alexander Rossi was fourth this morning at 1:45.5576 in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda. He spent a significant amount of time in the pits during the 45-minute session with a clutch problem.

Two-time series champion Josef Newgarden was fifth at 1:45.5744 in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

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