Andretti leads Penske trio in second Barber Practice

Marco Andretti was fastest in second practice on Friday - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Marco Andretti denied a trio of Team Penske drivers to set the pace in the second practice session at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday, with the Andretti Autosport racer ending 0.0320 seconds clear of Will Power.

As drivers used the red-walled alternate tyres for the first time this weekend, Andretti hit the front with a lap of 1:07.7134s, while Penske continued their good form into second session after locking out the top four in the first, with Power second ahead of team-mates Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves.

Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball ended the session fifth and sixth respectively for Chip Ganassi Racing, ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s Mikhail Aleshin, while the fourth Penske of Josef Newgarden ended up eighth, albeit just half a second shy of the outright pace.

Championship leader Sebastien Bourdais was ninth fastest for Dale Coyne Racing, while Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the top ten for Andretti Autosport despite a late brush with the barriers at turn two that he appeared to get away with unscathed.

There were two red flags during the 45-minute session, with Max Chilton suffering an early spin to cause the first while Ed Jones stopped on track after his Dale Coyne Racing machine switched itself off.

Will Power was the quickest of the Penske quartet – Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Barber Motorsports Park Free Practice 2 Results

127Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:07.7134
212Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:07.7454
31Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:07.8305
43Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:07.9044
59Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:07.9119
683Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:08.1996
77Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:08.2032
82Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske1:08.2304
918Sebastien BourdaisFRADale Coyne Racing1:08.2319
1028Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:08.3447
1110Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:08.3955
1214Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises1:08.4630
134Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises1:08.4905
1498Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:08.5005
1515Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:08.5585
165James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:08.5896
178Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:08.6668
1826Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:08.7159
1920Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:08.7659
2019Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing1:08.8129
2121Zach VeachUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:09.8659