Will Power hit the top during the second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, round three of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The Australian racer ran the quickest lap of the weekend so far of 1m07.5992s to keep Team Penske at the top of the time sheets after team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya had set the pace in the opening practice session earlier in the day.
James Hinchcliffe was Power’s closest challenger during the second session, ending 0.2231s behind in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry, while Graham Rahal was third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan by Theodore Racing.
The rest of the Team Penske clan were next up, with championship leader Simon Pagenaud recovering from his poor opening practice to set the fourth fastest time ahead of Montoya and Helio Castroneves.
Josef Newgarden was next up in seventh for Ed Carpenter Racing, ahead of the leading Chip Ganassi Racing entry of reigning series champion Scott Dixon, while Jack Hawksworth of AJ Foyt Enterprises and Carlos Munoz of Andretti Autosport completed the top ten.
Unlike in the first session, it was a clean, incident-free session, with Alexander Rossi returning to the track after his FP1 crash, running nineteen laps of the Long Beach street track in his Andretti Herta Autosport machine, albeit setting only the twentieth fastest time, just behind Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton.
Long Beach Free Practice 2 Times
|1||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||1m07.5992s||18|
|2||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1m07.8223s||18|
|3||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1m07.8853s||26|
|4||22||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||1m07.9015s||19|
|5||2||Juan Pablo Montoya||COL||Team Penske||1m07.9443s||22|
|6||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||1m08.0431s||18|
|7||21||Josef Newgarden||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1m08.1026s||18|
|8||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||1m08.1123s||19|
|9||41||Jack Hawksworth||GBR||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1m08.1190s||15|
|10||26||Carlos Munoz||COL||Andretti Autosport||1m08.1457s||21|
|11||14||Takuma Sato||JAP||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1m08.1869s||17|
|12||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||1m08.1989s||19|
|13||11||Sebastien Bourdais||FRA||KVSH Racing||1m08.2807s||21|
|14||7||Mikhail Aleshin||RUS||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1m08.3091s||21|
|15||18||Conor Daly||USA||Dale Coyne Racing||1m08.3420s||21|
|16||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||1m08.4036s||19|
|17||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||1m08.4815s||17|
|18||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||1m08.5406s||18|
|19||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||1m08.5559s||21|
|20||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Autosport||1m08.5561s||19|
|21||19||Luca Filippi||ITA||Dale Coyne Racing||1m09.2093s||22|