INDYCAR.com - Final Practice Bolsters Rossi's Confidence

July 07, 2018

NEWTON, Iowa – The field is chasing Team Penske heading into Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300, but Alexander Rossi feels good about his chances for rival Andretti Autosport.

While Josef Newgarden paced practice Saturday evening for the 300-lap race at Iowa Speedway – a few hours after Will Power and Newgarden swept the front row in Verizon P1 Award qualifying for Team Penske – Rossi was second fastest in the final practice.

Newgarden’s top lap in the last practice was 176.772 mph in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Newgarden also led the first practice with a lap of 183.711 mph.

IOWA CORN 300: Practice 2 results; Combined practice results

Rossi, however, felt confident after running second in the evening session with a best lap of 176.271 mph in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda.

“I think we have a really good car,” Rossi said. “We were disappointed to (qualify) fifth so that shows kind of the hope that we have for our performance. It was a good warmup for us. More than just the timesheets, I feel like we passed pretty much every car out there at one point or another.”

Rossi was quick to add that conditions in the early evening practice were...

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