Power on top as Penske and Andretti show good pace

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Will Power topped the second free practice session on Friday as drivers continued to prepare for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, with Team Penske and Andretti Autosport drivers locking out the top six.

The Australian set the fastest time of the weekend so far with a 1:07.0800s, which meant that the Penske driver gapped the field by a notable 0.2776 seconds from Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti, while defending series champion Simon Pagenaud third 0.2997 seconds back, also for Penske.

Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay ensured it was a good session all round for Andretti Autosport by finishing fourth and fifth fastest respectively, while a third Penske driver – Helio Castroneves – was sixth.

Sebastien Bourdais, the winner of the season opener at St Petersburg, was seventh fastest for Dale Coyne Racing ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who led the field early only to drop back as he failed to improve his time on later runs.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand ended the session ninth fastest ahead of James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport, just ahead of Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal.

Tony Kanaan caused a brief red flag period when he locked up at turn one and stalled after attempting a U-turn, with the Chip Ganassi Racing driver ending up thirteenth fastest, just ahead of Josef Newgarden and Carlos Muñoz, who despite being fifteenth fastest was under a second shy of Power’s pace up front.

Long Beach Free Practice 2 Result

112Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:07.0800
227Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:07.3576
31Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:07.3797
426Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:07.5538
528Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:07.5698
63Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:07.5926
718Sebastien BourdaisFRADale Coyne Racing1:07.6811
89Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:07.7147
921JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:07.7496
105James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:07.7712
1198Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:07.7890
1215Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:07.8118
1310Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:07.9643
142Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske1:07.9786
1514Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises1:08.0577
167Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:08.2575
1783Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:08.3624
184Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises1:08.4465
1920Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:08.7472
2019Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing1:09.1303
218Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:09.3705