Rossi edges Herta in closing COTA Spring Coaching session
Colton Herta appeared prepared to finish a two-day sweep atop the time charts at IndyCar’s two-day Spring Coaching at Circuit of The Americas – till Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi took the highest spot on his penultimate lap with just some minutes remaining in Wednesday’s closing session.
Rossi’s greatest lap of 1m46.8535s within the afternoon session edged the Harding Steinbrenner Racing rookie by 0.1466 seconds – however left Herta with the quickest time of the 2 days at 1m46.6258s set on Tuesday afternoon.
Graham Rahal rounded out the highest 5 as Hondas swept the highest six spots, with Scott Dixon sixth quickest. Simon Pagenaud was the quickest Chevy in seventh, adopted by the Hondas of Arrow Schmidt Peterson’s James Hinchcliffe and Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci and Penske’s Josef Newgarden tenth.
<h2 class="related__header">Extra IndyCar!</h2><a category="block block--related" href="https://racer.com/2019/02/13/the-week-in-indycar-feb-13-with-hargitt-dixon-servia-and-daly/" data-track="-in-article-related-auto"><h2 class="block__title">The Week In IndyCar, Feb 13, with Hargitt, Dixon, Servia and Daly</h2><h2 class="block__title">Herta continues to guide at COTA Spring Coaching</h2><h2 class="block__title">Robin Miller's Mailbag for February 13, introduced by Honda Racing / HPD</h2></apart> <p>Marcus Ericsson introduced out a pink flag earlier within the session for mild contact with the barrier at Flip 2. Will Energy went of at Flip 19 with 45 minutes to go within the session, bringing out one other pink flag. Jack Harvey’s spin at Flip 6 with 10 minutes to go introduced one other transient halt to motion.</p> <p>Tony Kanaan’s No.14 Chevy spent a big chunk of the day within the storage, because it did yesterday when gearbox issues restricted him to 16 laps. AJ Foyt Racing made a number of setup modifications Wednesday earlier than Kanaan went out for 20 laps. His greatest time of 1m48.5553s was 23rd quickest of the 25 members.</p> <p>“We’re making massive modifications and it takes time,” Kanaan mentioned.</p> <p>For now, the collection bids farewell till the inaugural IndyCar race at COTA on March 22-24.</p>