Rahal on top in second Road America practice


Graham Rahal - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

After suffering with electrical issues during the opening session, Graham Rahal bounced back well to set the pace in the second free practice session at Road America on Friday.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver set a best time of 1:43.0024 to take top spot ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power by 0.1384 seconds, with the two at the front well clear of the tightly packed following pack.

Whereas almost seven-tenths of a second separated Rahal from third placed Tony Kanaan of Chip Ganassi Racing, a further four-tenths of a second separated the Brazilian from nineteenth placed Mikhail Aleshin.

Juan Pablo Montoya was fourth fastest for Team Penske, just 0.0396 seconds back on Kanaan, with Carlos Munoz again the best placed of the Andretti Autosport drivers in fifth.

Max Chilton was a strong sixth for Chip Ganassi Racing and the best placed of the four rookie drivers in the field, having temporarily held top spot until Rahal got going, while Helio Castroneves made it three Penske drivers inside the top seven.

Scott Dixon was eighth for Chip Ganassi Racing ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, while Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi completed the top ten for Andretti Herta Autosport.

The session came to a premature end when red flags flew due to Jack Hawksworth stopped his AJ Foyt Racing machine on track at turn four with little over ninety seconds remaining on the clock.

Road America Free Practice 2 Times

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
115Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:43.0224
212Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:43.1608
310Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:43.7031
42Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske1:43.7427
526Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport1:43.7699
68Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:43.7964
73Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:43.8137
89Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:43.8423
928Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:43.8425
1098Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:43.8530
1114Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises1:43.8702
1227Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:43.8885
1321Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:43.8937
1411Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing1:43.9059
1522Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:43.9625
1641Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises1:43.9679
1718Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing1:44.0070
185James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:44.0419
197Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:44.1000
2019Gabby ChavesCOLDale Coyne Racing1:44.2901
2183Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:44.4625
2220Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:44.9342