Pagenaud Paces Power as Penske Continue Toronto Dominance

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Simon Pagenaud was fastest in second practice around the streets of Toronto - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Team Penske continued to pace the field around the streets of Toronto on Friday, but unlike in first practice, it was Simon Pagenaud who sat at the top of the timing screens.

Pagenaud set a best lap of 1:00.2573s with fifteen minutes of the 45-minute session remaining, with the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion ending 0.2271 seconds ahead of team-mate Will Power, who won this event twelve months ago.

Current championship leader Scott Dixon was third fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing, 0.3680 seconds down, while Graham Rahal was fourth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ahead of Helio Castroneves of Team Penske, the pacesetter from the first session who this time ended up 0.3912 seconds off the pace.

Marco Andretti improved towards the end of the session to place sixth for Andretti Autosport, with his team-mates Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay eighth and ninth, behind Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden.

JR Hildebrand, a podium finisher last weekend at Iowa Speedway, completed the top ten for Ed Carpenter Racing ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing duo Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan.

There were two red flags during the session, with the first being caused by Esteban Gutierrez crashing just eight minutes in, with the Dale Coyne Racing making contact with the wall at turn one, while the second was caused by Carlos Muñoz stopping his AJ Foyt Racing on the approach to turn two.

Streets of Toronto Free Practice 2 Result

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