Pato O’Ward set the stage for today’s qualifying session for the GMR Grand Prix after posting the fastest lap in the second practice session with the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevy (1m09.7839s). O’Ward, like the rest of the drivers in the 27-car field, performed qualifying simulation runs on Firestone’s faster red-banded alternative tires, and behind the most recent race winner, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou was a close second in the No. 10 Honda (+0. 0.0298s).
Third belonged to Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No. 26 Honda (+0.0584s); Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay was fourth in the No. 21 Chevy (+0.1426s), Christian Lundgaard was happy in fifth in the No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda (+0.2163s) and Andretti’s Romain Grosjean completed the top six in the No. 28 Honda (+0.2322s).
A red flag was required seven minutes into the session as Dalton Kellett spun off into the gravel at Turn 4 and stalled the car. A trailing David Malukas followed Kellett into the gravel but he was able to continue without assistance. The next red followed after 12 minutes of running time as Jimmie Johnson executed a nearly identical spin-and-stall into the gravel. Beyond those minor incidents, a number of big brake lockups and quick trips across the grass were seen as temperatures rose to the mid-80s.
UP NEXT: Qualifying, 4 p.m. ET