Franchitti continues to set pace on opening day of IndyCar's race in Toronto
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, July 6th 2012, 19:17 GMT|
Dario Franchitti continued to set the pace on the opening day of practice for this weekend's IndyCar race in Toronto, the Scot backing up his fastest time in the morning by again going quickest in the second session.
Franchitti delivered a best time of 1m00.2786s to put himself ahead of Schmidt Hamilton's Simon Pagenaud by 0.1 seconds, although the Ganassi driver was forced to sit out the closing minutes after glancing the barriers.
Team-mate Scott Dixon was third fastest ahead of Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing), who ended his session in the Turn 8 barriers for the second time today.
The Briton crashed while trying to avoid Alex Tagliani's spun car in the morning, however no other cars appeared to be involved in his second accident. Wilson was unhurt.
Penske's Ryan Briscoe was fifth-fastest and quickest of the Chevrolet-powered drivers, with team-mates Helio Castroneves and Will Power just below him on the timing screens.
As was the case in the first session, running time was interrupted by a handful of red flags, with accidents or mechanical problems sidelining Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman), Graham Rahal (Ganassi) and James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport).
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m00.2786s 2. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12-Honda 1m00.3904s + 0.1118s 3. Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m00.5423s + 0.2637s 4. Justin Wilson Coyne DW12-Honda 1m00.6485s + 0.3699s 5. Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12-Chevy 1m00.6936s + 0.4150s 6. Helio Castroneves Penske DW12-Chevy 1m00.7017s + 0.4231s 7. Will Power Penske DW12-Chevy 1m00.7817s + 0.5031s 8. Mike Conway Foyt DW12-Honda 1m00.8381s + 0.5595s 9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m00.8760s + 0.5974s 10. Takuma Sato Rahal DW12-Honda 1m00.8783s + 0.5997s 11. Alex Tagliani Herta DW12-Honda 1m00.9297s + 0.6511s 12. Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m00.9382s + 0.6596s 13. Tony Kanaan KV DW12-Chevy 1m00.9972s + 0.7186s 14. James Jakes Coyne DW12-Honda 1m01.0277s + 0.7491s 15. Oriol Servia Panther/DRR DW12-Chevy 1m01.0437s + 0.7651s 16. Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m01.0666s + 0.7880s 17. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon DW12-Chevy 1m01.1248s + 0.8462s 18. Rubens Barrichello KV DW12-Chevy 1m01.1308s + 0.8522s 19. Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12-Lotus 1m01.1471s + 0.8685s 20. Marco Andretti Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m01.1863s + 0.9077s 21. EJ Viso KV DW12-Chevy 1m01.2646s + 0.9860s 22. JR Hildebrand Panther DW12-Chevy 1m01.4655s + 1.1869s 23. Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12-Chevy 1m02.1890s + 1.9104s