Pagenaud Paces Power as Penske Continue Toronto Dominance

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

11Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:00.2573
212Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:00.4844
39Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:00.6253
415Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:00.6388
53Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:00.6485
627Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:00.8321
72Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske1:00.8540
826Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:00.9509
928Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:00.9692
1021JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:01.0735
118Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:01.0883
1210Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:01.0964
1320Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:01.1517
1498Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:01.3164
154Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises1:01.3930
165James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:01.4874
1714Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises1:01.4927
1883Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:01.5214
1918Esteban GutierrezMEXDale Coyne Racing1:01.7637
2019Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing1:01.8670
217Sebastian SaavedraCOLSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:02.1493