Saturday morning’s 45-minute practice session on the streets of Toronto saw light sprinkles, lots of spins and a red flag complicate matters. Between the bouts of adversity, Andretti Autosport held onto its front-running pace with Colton Herta (1m00.5657s) and Kyle Kirkwood (+0.0315s) posting a 1-2 for the Honda-powered team.
Chip Ganassi Racing was close behind and produced a 3-4 with Marcus Ericsson (0.0693s) and Alex Palou (+0.1145s). Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward was the first Chevy representative in fifth (+0.1397s) and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lundgaard completed the top six (+0.1709s) in a frenetic run that was capped by the first red flag of the event.
Once the crashed car of Arrow McLaren’s Felix Rosenqvist — who appeared to be uninjured — was cleared from the circuit, the session resumed with 7m07s left on the clock and most teams sent their drivers out for one final qualifying simulation run. But it was a proverbial traffic jam