Newgarden leads Penske 1-2-3-4 in second Road America practice


Josef Newgarden led a Team Penske 1-2-3-4 in second practice at Road America - Credit: Mike Harding / IndyCar

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

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
12Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske1:42.8229
212Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:42.8720
31Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:43.1370
43Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:43.2227
55James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:43.4802
619Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing1:43.6812
79Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:43.7425
815Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:43.7540
928Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:43.7607
1083Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:43.7931
1198Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:43.8250
1220Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:43.8305
138Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:43.8871
1427Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:44.0036
1526Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:44.0183
1610Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:44.0413
1718Esteban GutierrezMEXDale Coyne Racing1:44.0868
1814Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises1:44.2860
1921JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:44.7057
207Robert WickensCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:44.7085
214Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises1:45.0397