Road America IndyCar: Newgarden leads Penske 1-2-3-4 in FP2
Josef Newgarden led Team Penske-Chevrolet’s domination of second practice at Road America when he, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud became the only drivers to break the 140mph barrier, as drivers tried out the soft alternate-compound tires.
Newgarden’s 1min42.8229sec, an average of 140.537mph around the 4.014-mile course, was just 0.0491sec clear of Power’s eventual best with Pagenaud a further quarter second in arrears. Helio Castroneves remained within 0.4sec of Newgarden’s best to complete the Penske team’s display of superiority.
Quickest opponent, 0.65 off Newgarden’s best, was James Hinchcliffe who survived a spin in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda, with Ed Jones putting Dale Coyne Racing-Honda into sixth.
Fastest of the Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas was Scott Dixon, 0.9 from P1, followed by Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda), Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport-Honda) and Charlie Kimball (Ganassi).
This morning’s pacesetter, Alexander Rossi, fell off the track at Turn 14, just like teammate Hunter-Reay in the earlier session, but bounced back to grab 11th, just ahead of Spencer Pigot’s Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet.
Esteban Gutierrez did well to clock 17th, just 0.4sec slower than DCR teammate Jones, while Wickens got within 1.3sec of SPM teammate Hinchcliffe.
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