Dixon on top in second GP of Indy Practice

Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon led the way in second practice for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy on Thursday.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver set a best time of 1m09.8281s, with the top twenty-three drivers all within one second of Dixon’s time.

Five drivers dipped below the 1m10s barrier during the session, with behind Dixon, current championship leader Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske), Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) and opening practice pacesetter Will Power (Penske) all achieving this feat.

SMP Racing-backed Mikhail Aleshin was sixth fastest for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden, while the second Schmidt entry of James Hinchcliffe was eighth having failed to set a time in the opening session due to an engine issue.

Juan Pablo Montoya ended the session in ninth for Penske, while Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the top ten for Andretti Autosport, ahead of Helio Castroneves (Penske) and the impressive Spencer Pigot (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing).

There were two red flags during the session, with Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport) and Alex Tagliani (AJ Foyt Racing) both having off-track moments. For Tagliani in particular it was an interesting session, as he was later penalised for ignoring the chequered flag, and will be forced to sit out the opening five minutes of practice on Friday as a result.

Carlos Munoz, who finished tenth in the opening session for Andretti Autosport, had one slow lap of the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to an issue on his #26 machine.

Grand Prix of Indy Free Practice 2 Times

19Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1m09.8281s
222Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1m09.9894s
315Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1m09.9896s
411Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing1m09.9944s
512Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1m09.9946s
67Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m10.0578s
721Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing1m10.0741s
85James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1m10.0815s
92Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske1m10.1696s
1028Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1m10.1933s
113Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1m10.2480s
1216Spencer PigotUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1m10.2541s
1383Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1m10.2880s
1418Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing1m10.2937s
1527Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1m10.2967s
1619Gabby ChavesCOLDale Coyne Racing1m10.3062s
176JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing1m10.3407s
1898Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1m10.4615s
1935Alex TaglianiCANAJ Foyt Enterprises1m10.5106s
208Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1m10.5975s
2114Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises1m10.6312s
2210Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1m10.6387s
2341Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises1m10.7248s
2461Matt BrabhamAUSKV Racing/Pirtek Team Murray1m10.9769s
2526Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport1m27.9396s