Kanaan on top again in final Iowa practice

Tony Kanaan - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Tony Kanaan was fastest in the final 30-minute practice session at Iowa Speedway on Saturday evening as drivers took the time to set their cars up for race conditions.

Kanaan had set the pace in morning practice but had only qualified sixth for the Iowa Corn 300, with the Chip Ganassi Racing driver setting a best time of 17.9695 seconds, the only driver to dip beneath 18 seconds.

Josef Newgarden was second quickest for Ed Carpenter Racing, which bodes well for the American who lines up on the front row of the grid, while pole sitter Simon Pagenaud was third for Team Penske.

Helio Castroneves ended the session fourth, also for Penske, while James Hinchcliffe was fifth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport despite suffering a moment when he almost hit the wall after a close encounter with team-mate Mikhail Aleshin that the Russian apologised for, with the second Schmidt driver ending sixth fastest.

Sebastien Bourdais was seventh for KVSH Racing ahead of Penske’s Will Power, while Graham Rahal made it into the top ten for the first time this weekend in ninth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball.

Iowa Free Practice 2 Result

110Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing17.9695
221Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing18.0191
322Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske18.0412
43Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske18.0432
55James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports18.0685
67Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports18.1325
711Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing18.1585
812Will PowerAUSTeam Penske18.1833
915Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing18.2185
1083Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing18.2417
1127Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport18.2483
1228Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport18.2597
1326Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport18.2725
1420Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing18.2835
152Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske18.3082
1614Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises18.3281
1719Gabby ChavesCOLDale Coyne Racing18.3357
188Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing18.3652
199Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing18.3835
2098Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport18.4051
2141Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises18.4266
2218Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing19.0970