Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Practice and Qualifying Report

August 24, 2018

Track:                 Gateway Motorsports Park
Race:                   Gateway 500
Date:                   August 24, 2018

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Position:                            10th
Time / Speed:                   24.9405 / 180.429 mph     

Qualifying:                        3rd

Final Practice
Position:                            12th
Total Time / Speed:        24.9192 / 180.584 mph

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Position:                            11th
Time / Speed:                   24.0010 / 179.993 mph     

Qualifying:                         4th

Final Practice
Position:                            10th
Total Time / Speed:        24.8835/ 180.843 mph

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Position:                            12th
Time / Speed:                   25.0026 / 179.981 mph     

Qualifying:                         6th

Final Practice
Position:                            14th
Total Time / Speed:        24.9363 / 180.460 mph

Fastest Time:                   
24.4003 (No. 27 – Alexander Rossi) – Practice
N/A (No. 27 – Alexander Rossi) – Qualifying 
24.5821 (No. 27 – Alexander Rossi) – Final Practice


Mother Nature made her presence felt today at Gateway Motorsports Park as the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule was interrupted on several occasions as the teams tried to prepare for the Saturday night show. In the end, the teams were able to take in two-and-a-half hours of practice time, but the qualifying session was canceled. The starting grid has been set by the INDYCAR rulebook using driver points. Josef Newgarden will start third in the No. 1 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet. Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet and Simon Pagenaud in the No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet will start just behind in the fourth and sixth positions, respectively. Newgarden made slight contact with the outside wall while coming off of Turn 4 in the final practice session that cut his time short. The damage to his car was minimal but the team did change the rear toe link. There is a chance of rain overnight that could play a role in the handling of the cars at the start of tomorrow's race until more rubber can be laid into the track surface.

Coverage: The night race at Gateway Motorsports Park will air on Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.