NTT INDYCAR SERIES
PREVIEW: RD. 10 – ROAD AMERICA (USA)
With the NTT IndyCar Series moving into the second half of the season this weekend, Felix Rosenqvist is poised to meet up with yet another new acquaintance: the long and winding challenge of Road America.
At over four miles (6.5 km), the Wisconsin venue is the longest track on the entire 17-round calendar, featuring a wide variety of corners, proper elevation changes and very little room for mistakes.
“Road America is one of the legendary US tracks, and one that I’ve been looking forward to a lot,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “I’ve never been, but I’ve driven it on the simulator and played it on video games. It’s so cool to finally get to drive there in real life, especially coming off a stretch where there were such short, fast laps at Texas, while Detroit was really bumpy. To come to a long, roller-coaster type circuit is a real change up. I’m excited to get to Wisconsin and go fast.”
Road America is the fourth traditional-style “road course” event on the 2019 IndyCar schedule, following on from Circuit of the Americas, Barber Motorsports Park and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield layout. The latter venue saw Rosenqvist sprint to a maiden series pole aboard his #10 NTT DATA-backed Ganassi machine, lending hope for the weekend ahead.
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“The NTT DATA car has been really strong at most of the road courses this year,” Rosenqvist concludes. “We were on pole last time out at this kind of track, so we have every reason to be optimistic. We faded in the race on that occasion as we struggled on the red Firestone tyres, but we’ve learned a lot since. Hopefully we can combine our one-lap speed with better race pace and mount a real podium bid this weekend.”
Free practice gets underway at Road America on Friday. Qualifying takes place on Saturday, with the 55-lap race due to start at 11.45 am US Central time on Sunday.
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NTT IndyCar Series – Road America
All times local (US Central)
Friday 21 June
Free Practice 1: 11.05-11.50 am
Free Practice 2: 3.00-3.45 pm
Warm-up: 4.00-4.30 pm
Saturday 22 June
Free Practice 3: 11.00-11.45 am
Qualifying: 3.00-4.15 pm
Sunday 23 June
Race (55 laps): 11.45 am-1.45 pm
STANDINGS (TOP FIVE)
NTT IndyCar Series
After 9/17 races
1: Josef Newgarden (USA), 367 p.
2: Alexander Rossi (USA), 342 p.
3: Simon Pagenaud (FRA), 319 p.
4: Scott Dixon (NZL), 278 p.
5: Takuma Sato (JPN), 272 p.
12: Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), 181 p.
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