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Pagenaud leads Penske 1-2-3 in disrupted second Toronto practice

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Simon Pagenaud - Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher / IndyCar

Simon Pagenaud was fastest in a disrupted second practice around the streets of Toronto as both Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball crashed and other drivers had issues on Friday.

Championship leader Pagenaud set a best time of 1:01.7081 to lead a Team Penske 1-2-3 ahead of team-mates Helio Castroneves and Will Power, but the fourth Penske driver Montoya clipped the inside wall at turn eleven that shot him across the road into the outside wall that left him with a heavily damaged car.

When the session resumed, opening practice pacesetter Sebastien Bourdais spun his KVSH Racing machine at turn one but avoided the wall, while Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsMikhail Aleshin also got away with a moment at the exit of the same turn. Both drivers were able to return to the pits and resume their sessions.

The same could not be said for Charlie Kimball, who clipped the outside wall on the exit of turn eleven where Montoya crashed and spun into the inside wall, damaging his Chip Ganassi Racing car and causing another red flag.

Scott Dixon ended the session in fourth for Ganassi ahead of Schmidt’s James Hinchcliffe, with Bourdais, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Carlos Munoz and Jack Hawksworth completing the top ten.

The top fourteen drivers were covered by less than one second, including both Dale Coyne Racing drivers of Conor Daly and Luca Filippi, the latter making his series return with the team this weekend in place of Gabby Chaves.

Toronto Free Practice 2 Result

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