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Herta, Pigot Lead Third Mid-Ohio IndyCar Practice

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer

LEXINGTON, Ohio — A few hundredths of a second here and there were all the kept Spencer Pigot from leading the third practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet was only .0577 seconds slower around the 2.258 mile road course than session-leading Colton Herta which translates to a difference of only .109 mph.

Pigot has had a mix of fortunes at Mid-Ohio with two finishes outside the top 10 over the last two years following a seventh in 2016. The Floridian was one of two Chevrolet drivers in the top six cars but attributes his speed to teamwork while he searches for Indy car win number one.

“I think it’s just kind of putting it all together from the different road courses we’ve been to this year and over the winter,” said Pigot. “I think we’ve been quick at pretty much all the road courses but we seem to be particularly strong here so far. We can’t put our finger on one thing, I think it’s just a lot of hard work by everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing to try and get us here and we’ll see what we can do in qualifying.”

Pigot was second fastest in opening practice Friday as well.

There was a red flag for RC Enerson’s stopped car after stalling from a lazy spin after Turn 9. The biggest session highlight went to Felix Rosenqvist who went through the gravel trap in Turn 4 and managed to keep the car rolling and continued in the session.

Qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 is at 2:35 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

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A 2012 graduate of LSU, Christopher DeHarde primarily focuses on the NTT IndyCar Series and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.