Sato leads Foyt 1-2 in second Barber practice

Takuma Sato led an AJ Foyt Enterprises one-two during second practice at the Barber Motorsports Park on Friday ahead of team-mate Jack Hawksworth.

The session had started out in damp conditions following a storm that had hit the track just after the opening session, with the early laps tricky for drivers as the track surface dried, but it was the Foyt duo who found themselves at the top of the time sheets.

Veteran Japanese racer Sato set a best time of 1m07.2157s to finish just 0.0040s ahead of his British team-mate Hawksworth as the top nineteen drivers were covered by less than one second.

Less than three hundredths of a second back in third was James Hinchcliffe for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power, while Graham Rahal finished the session in fifth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Josef Newgarden placed sixth for Ed Carpenter Racing ahead of two more drivers from the Penske stable, with championship leader Simon Pagenaud ahead of team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya, while reigning series champion Scott Dixon was ninth for Chip Ganassi Racing ahead of Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing.

Power and Bourdais were amongst the drivers to run off track due to the conditions but both were able to continue, with only Charlie Kimball of Chip Ganassi Racing and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Herta Autosports outside of one-second of Sato’s time.

Barber Motorsports Park Free Practice 2 Times

114Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises1m07.2157s
241Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises1m07.2197s
35James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m07.2455s
412Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1m07.3434s
515Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1m07.3494s
621Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing1m07.3871s
722Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1m07.4151s
82Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske1m07.4693s
99Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1m07.4994s
1011Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing1m07.5187s
1128Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1m07.5831s
1226Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport1m07.5951s
137Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m07.6744s
1410Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1m07.7779s
1527Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1m07.8069s
163Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1m07.8107s
178Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1m07.9550s
1818Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing1m08.0137s
1919Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing1m08.1331s
2083Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1m08.3100s
2198Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport1m08.6727s