Indy 500: Power leads windy Day 2 practice, Alonso 24th

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Penske’s Will Power led day two of Indianapolis 500 practice, with speeds approaching 225mph as cars began drafting despite windy conditions. F1’s Fernando Alonso was only 24th fastest, but completed over 100 laps.

During an incident-free afternoon, Power set his quickest lap on his 47th tour at 224.656mph, with the benefit of a tow. However, 16mph wind gusts affected the cars, and appeared to artificially keep the speeds down.

“The grip’s pretty good,” said Power. “A lot of rubber has gone down. The car’s pretty good and I feel alright in traffic.”

Power was also fourth without the aid of a draft, although the Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolets of Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand were first and third in the no-tow speed charts, and tenth and ninth overall.

Power's Penske-Chevrolet teammate Helio Castroneves jumped to P2 overall at 224.287mph with 45-minutes of the session remaining but was down in 17th on the no-tow charts.

Gabby Chaves grabbed third in the final 10 minutes in his Harding Racing Chevrolet at 223.991mph, 19th overall, with Ryan Hunter-Reay the top Honda runner in fourth at 223.960mph for Andretti Autosport.

His teammate, two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso, racked up the most laps of anyone at 117, and joined in the slipstreaming for the first time in his IndyCar oval career. Often his laps were in an Andretti Autosport train, but he was also "dicing" with Power, AJ Foyt Racing's Carlos Munoz, and James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda.

Alonso ended the six-hour session in 24th with a speed of 221.029mph, and was a very healthy 14th without the aid of a tow, third fastest of the Andretti Autosport sextet in that chart behind.

Also looking strong in the no-tow charts were the Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas, with Charlie Kimball, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan in second, fifth and tenth, respectively.

2017 Indy 500 Day 2 practice times

PosDriverLapsTimeGapMph
1 12 australia  Will Power  71 40.0613   224.656
2 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  68 40.1271 0.0658 224.287
3 88 colombia  Gabby Chaves  87 40.1802 0.1189 223.991
4 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  78 40.1857 0.1244 223.960
5 24 united_states  Sage Karam  69 40.2430 0.1817 223.641
6 26 japan  Takuma Sato  106 40.2584 0.1971 223.556
7 7 russia  Mikhail Aleshin  58 40.2736 0.2123 223.471
8 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  86 40.2829 0.2216 223.420
9 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  84 40.2952 0.2339 223.352
10 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  59 40.3305 0.2692 223.156
11 20 united_states  Ed Carpenter  82 40.3874 0.3261 222.842
12 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  81 40.3997 0.3384 222.774
13 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  60 40.4403 0.3790 222.550
14 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  98 40.4530 0.3917 222.480
15 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  85 40.4948 0.4335 222.251
16 18 france  Sébastien Bourdais  91 40.4952 0.4339 222.249
17 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  49 40.5481 0.4868 221.959
18 16 spain  Oriol Servia  65 40.5550 0.4937 221.921
19 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  72 40.5792 0.5179 221.789
20 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  100 40.5884 0.5271 221.738
21 22 colombia  Juan Pablo Montoya  58 40.5961 0.5348 221.696
22 40 united_states  Zach Veach  68 40.6084 0.5471 221.629
23 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  75 40.6818 0.6205 221.229
24 29 spain  Fernando Alonso  117 40.7187 0.6574 221.029
25 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  82 40.7220 0.6607 221.011
26 11 united_states  Spencer Pigot  66 40.7922 0.7309 220.630
27 17 colombia  Sebastian Saavedra  55 40.8554 0.7941 220.289
28 4 united_states  Conor Daly  67 40.8565 0.7952 220.283
29 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  60 40.8847 0.8234 220.131
30 77 united_kingdom  Jay Howard  72 40.8862 0.8249 220.123
31 50 united_kingdom  Jack Harvey  82 41.1065 1.0452 218.943
32 63 united_kingdom  Pippa Mann  47 41.1732 1.1119 218.589
33 50 united_states  Marco Andretti  6 41.8939 1.8326 214.828

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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Will Power
Article type Practice report