Team Penske finished first and second on the second day of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Tuesday, with Will Power edging out Helio Castroneves by the slenderest of margins.
Power completed 71 laps on Tuesday and set the best lap of the day at 224.656mph, with Castroneves the only other driver above the 224mph mark, the Brazilian setting a lap at 224.287mph.
Gabby Chaves was an encouraging third fastest for debutants Harding Racing, with the young American charger getting a decent amount of running in around the 2.5-mile oval after completing just six laps on Monday. Chaves was just under the 224mph marker at 223.991mph, just ahead of former Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was the leading of the Andretti Autosport sextet.
Sage Karam was fifth fastest for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ahead of Takuma Sato of Andretti Autosport, with Mikhail Aleshin seventh for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport ahead of reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud, JR Hildebrand and Josef Newgarden.
Ed Carpenter was fastest in the no-tow laps for Ed Carpenter Racing ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball and Hildebrand, with Power fourth ahead of Scott Dixon.
Both Zach Veach and Jack Harvey completed their Rookie Orientation Programmes on Tuesday, ensuring they can compete in their first Indy 500’s in 2017, while Fernando Alonso was the busiest driver on the day, completing 117 laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, setting the twenty-fourth fastest time of the day as the McLaren Honda Andretti driver worked through an extensive programme that involved running in traffic for the first time.
The day was pretty much incident free, with caution flags only coming out for debris and track inspections.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Practice 2 Results
|1||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||40.0613s|
|2||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||40.1271s|
|3||88||Gabby Chaves||USA||Harding Racing||40.1802s|
|4||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||40.1857s|
|5||24||Sage Karam||USA||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||40.2430s|
|6||26||Takuma Sato||JAP||Andretti Autosport||40.2584s|
|7||7||Mikhail Aleshin||RUS||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||40.2736s|
|8||1||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||40.2829s|
|9||21||JR Hildebrand||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||40.2952s|
|10||2||Josef Newgarden||USA||Team Penske||40.3305s|
|11||20||Ed Carpenter||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||40.3874s|
|12||14||Carlos Munoz||COL||AJ Foyt Enterprises||40.3997s|
|13||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||40.4403s|
|14||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Herta Autosport||40.4530s|
|15||19||Ed Jones||UAE||Dale Coyne Racing||40.4948s|
|16||18||Sebastien Bourdais||FRA||Dale Coyne Racing||40.4952s|
|17||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||40.5481s|
|18||16||Oriol Servia||ESP||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||40.5550s|
|19||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||40.5792s|
|20||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||40.5884s|
|21||22||Juan Pablo Montoya||COL||Team Penske||40.5961s|
|22||40||Zach Veach||USA||AJ Foyt Enterprises||40.6084s|
|23||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||40.6818s|
|24||29||Fernando Alonso||ESP||McLaren Honda Andretti||40.7187s|
|25||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||40.7220s|
|26||11||Spencer Pigot||USA||Juncos Racing||40.7922s|
|27||17||Sebastian Saavedra||COL||Juncos Racing||40.8554s|
|28||4||Conor Daly||USA||AJ Foyt Enterprises||40.8565s|
|29||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||40.8847s|
|30||77||Jay Howard||GBR||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||40.8862s|
|31||50||Jack Harvey||GBR||Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport||41.1065s|
|32||63||Pippa Mann||GBR||Dale Coyne Racing||41.1732s|
|33||50||Marco Andretti||USA||Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport||41.8939s|