Rolex 24: Castroneves fastest for Penske in second practice
Helio Castroneves set the pace aboard Team Penske's Acura DPi in second practice for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Following a low-key first practice for both Penske Acura ARX-05s, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Castroneves moved the #7 car to the top of the times 25 minutes into the one-hour session with a 1m37.283s.
The Brazilian later improved to a 1m37.036s, ending FP2 four tenths up on the best time produced by Mazda Team Joest driver Rene Rast in the opening session.
Second-fastest was Nicolas Lapierre in the #22 ESM Nissan DPi, the Frenchman setting a 1m37.360s amid a late flurry of improvements prior to the red flag being shown with five minutes remaining.
Filipe Albuquerque was the quickest of the Cadillac drivers in the #5 Action Express car, 0.025s down on Lapierre, while best of the LMP2s was the #54 CORE autosport Oreca driven by Colin Braun in fourth.
After topping the first session, Mazda was fifth-fastest courtesy of Jonathan Bomarito in the #55 car, ahead of defending race winner Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.
Fernando Alonso's #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 ended up 12th, with Lando Norris setting the car's fastest time of 1m37.960s - two positions behind the sister car driven by Bruno Senna.
The two United cars were split by the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca of Robin Frijns.
Porsche led the way in the GT Le Mans class as Patrick Pilet put the #911 entry on top in the latter stages of the session with a 1m43.902s, edging out Jan Magnussen's #3 Corvette by 0.068s.
The two Ford GTs led the way for much of the running, but were demoted to third and fourth places, with Richard Westbrook giving the Ganassi team a best time of 1m44.057s in the #67 car.
Alvaro Parente topped the GT Daytona division with a 1m46.790s in the #86 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX.
Second practice results (top 10):
|1||7|| Helio Castroneves |
|2||22|| Pipo Derani |
Johannes van Overbeek
|3||5|| Christian Fittipaldi |
|4||54|| Loic Duval |
|5||55|| Harry Tincknell |
|6||10|| Jordan Taylor |
Renger van der Zande
|7||2|| Scott Sharp |
|8||77|| Oliver Jarvis |
|9||31|| Mike Conway |
|10||32|| Bruno Senna |
Paul di Resta
Hugo De Sadeleer
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|Location||Daytona International Speedway|
|Article type||Practice report|