Team Penske locked out the top four places in Friday’s second practice session at Road America, with Josef Newgarden leading the quartet around the 4.014-mile circuit.
Newgarden set his best time of the session with just six minutes remaining, with his 1:42.8229s enough to beat team-mate Will Power by just 0.0491 seconds.
Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud concluded the session in third, with the fourth Penske of Helio Castroneves just behind, with all four drivers separated by just 0.3998 seconds.
The first non-Penske driver was James Hinchcliffe, who was 0.6573 seconds back of Newgarden in fifth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, while rookie Ed Jones impressed once more with the sixth best time of 1:43.6812s, with the Dale Coyne Racing driver finishing ahead of series veteran Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing.
Graham Rahal was eighth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, who returned to the track after crashing during the opening practice session earlier in the day, while Charlie Kimball rounded out the top ten for Chip Ganassi Racing.
After topping the first session, Alexander Rossi could only finish eleventh in the second session, with the American hitting the wall at the final corner early on, which damaged his wing. He was able to return to the pits for repairs and returned to the track later on in the session.
Robert Wickens continued to deputise for Mikhail Aleshin at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and as in the first session, ended twentieth, again just ahead of Conor Daly of AJ Foyt Racing.
Road America Free Practice 2 Result
|1||2||Josef Newgarden||USA||Team Penske||1:42.8229|
|2||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||1:42.8720|
|3||1||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||1:43.1370|
|4||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||1:43.2227|
|5||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:43.4802|
|6||19||Ed Jones||UAE||Dale Coyne Racing||1:43.6812|
|7||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:43.7425|
|8||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:43.7540|
|9||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:43.7607|
|10||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:43.7931|
|11||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Herta Autosport||1:43.8250|
|12||20||Spencer Pigot||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:43.8305|
|13||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:43.8871|
|14||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:44.0036|
|15||26||Takuma Sato||JAP||Andretti Autosport||1:44.0183|
|16||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:44.0413|
|17||18||Esteban Gutierrez||MEX||Dale Coyne Racing||1:44.0868|
|18||14||Carlos Munoz||COL||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:44.2860|
|19||21||JR Hildebrand||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:44.7057|
|20||7||Robert Wickens||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:44.7085|
|21||4||Conor Daly||USA||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:45.0397|