(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – After the clock ran out on practice session #2 today, Colton Herta found himself at the top of the lap chart at Mid-Ohio

For Sunday’s race the Honda Indy 200, driver of the Gainbridge Andretti Autosport Honda laid down a lap of 1:07.02, followed by Will Power (1:07.03), who was forced to stop on the course with a mechanical issue, Penske Team Mate & Friday’s fastest driver Josef Newgarden (1:07.05) was P3, Rookie of the Year Candidate David Malukas (1:07.09) was P4 & rounding out of the top 5 Alex Palou (1:07.15). 

“It feels very good. The track changed a lot and a few of the changes we made might have been a little too aggressive but I was pretty happy,“ Malukas told NBC Sports

The 45-minute session started on a track rendered very clean due to overnight rain that made for a interesting opening laps, with a handful of drivers finding themselves n off-course excursions with no major consequences. First was Devlin DeFrancesco, who triggered a red flag just 3 minutes into the session by sliding off course at the Keyhole and clouting the tire barrier, causing minor damage to his car’s front wing. He was 1 of 4 drivers to slide off at the Keyhole in the opening 10 minutes.

Later, Dalton Kellett triggered the 2nd red flag of this morning’s session with 13 minutes left due to over shooting into the tire barriers at Turn 12, with minor front-end damage to his car. 

Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay (1:07.19) was P6, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward (1:07.25) & Felix Rosenqvist (1:07.31) finished P7, P8 respectively, Scott McLaughlin (1:07.33) was P9 & Indy 500 winner & current series points leader Marcus Ericsson (1:07.37) was P10.

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