Andretti Autosport’s Danial Frost was quickest in Indy Lights practice on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, with the whole field split by less than a second.
While practice came to a single session, teams and drivers did take part in a pre-event test earlier on Thursday. It marked the first official running at the famous ‘Brickyard’ for the championship since the 2019 Freedom 100.
Drivers opted to stick with their used tyres from the previous round at St. Petersburg, rather than dip into their allocation of new rubber for the weekend, with two ideal qualifying laps required from tomorrow’s session.
Juncos Racing’s Toby Sowery was the early pacesetter in the 45-minute session before Frost came to the fore about 15 minutes in with his fastest time of 1m16.2234s.
As the session continued (and without any interruption), laptimes rarely improved through the field, leaving Frost out front ahead of Sowery by 0.0579 seconds. Sowery completed less than half of the number of laps of anybody else.
Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports’ Linus Lundqvist, who topped the test, ended up third quickest, ahead of Andretti’s Kyle Kirkwood.
Robert Megennis edged HMD’s David Malukas for fifth; the points leader did improve late on, while Andretti Steinbrenner’s Devlin DeFrancesco ended up seventh.
Juncos Racing’s Sting Ray Robb, Carlin with Jay Howard Driver Development’s Alex Peroni and Pserra Racing’s Antonio Serravalle rounded out the top 10. Peroni’s Carlin team-mate Christian Bogle had a busy session, completing far more laps than anybody else.
Free practice results
|1||Danial Frost||Andretti Autosport||1m15.9347s||24|
|2||Toby Sowery||Juncos Racing||1m15.9926s||+0.0579s||7|
|3||Linus Lundqvist||Global Racing Group w/ HMD||1m16.0642s||+0.1295s||21|
|4||Kyle Kirkwood||Andretti Autosport||1m16.1572s||+0.2225s||22|
|5||Robert Megennis||Andretti Autosport||1m16.1644s||+0.2297s||24|
|6||David Malukas||HMD Motorsports||1m16.2048s||+0.2701s||21|
|7||Devlin DeFrancesco||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport||1m16.2087s||+0.2740s||23|
|8||Sting Ray Robb||Juncos Racing||1m16.2105s||+0.2758s||22|
|9||Alex Peroni||Carlin w/ JHDD||1m16.2153s||+0.2806s||24|
|10||Antonio Serravalle||Pserra Racing||1m16.3017s||+0.3670s||24|
|11||Benjamin Pedersen||Global Racing Group w/ HMD||1m16.5055s||+0.5708s||24|
|12||Nikita Lastochkin||HMD Motorsports||1m16.7289s||+0.7942s||24|
|13||Christian Bogle||Carlin w/ JHDD||1m16.8844s||+0.9497s||31|