Helio Castroneves quickest in Edmonton IndyCar practice two
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, July 20th 2012, 22:10 GMT|
Helio Castroneves recovered from a spin to set the quickest time in the second IndyCar practice session at Edmonton.
Castroneves' best lap of 1m16.4920s was just enough to see him clear of Ganassi driver Scott Dixon, who popped up to second in the final minute with a lap 0.0027 seconds slower than the Brazilian's. Mike Conway (AJ Foyt Racing) also improved on his final lap to go third-fastest, putting him just ahead of local hero James Hinchcliffe.
Castroneves was responsible for one of the four red flags that punctuated the session when he locked up and spun at Turn 1. His car was undamaged, but he caused a heart-in-mouth moment for Penske team-mate Will Power, who had emerged from the pits just behind him and had to take to the escape road in order to avoid contact.
The other stoppages were triggered by Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball, both of whom spun, and Conway, whose car stopped in the pit entry with 15 minutes of the session remaining.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Helio Castroneves Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m16.4920s 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m16.4947s + 0.0027s 3. Mike Conway Foyt Dallara-Honda 1m16.5122s + 0.0202s 4. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m16.5740s + 0.0820s 5. Alex Tagliani Herta Dallara-Honda 1m16.6505s + 0.1585s 6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m16.6875s + 0.1955s 7. Justin Wilson Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m16.6985s + 0.2065s 8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m16.7067s + 0.2147s 9. Will Power Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m16.7168s + 0.2248s 10. Rubens Barrichello KV Dallara-Chevy 1m16.8078s + 0.3158s 11. Josef Newgarden Fisher Dallara-Honda 1m16.8225s + 0.3305s 12. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Dallara-Honda 1m16.8350s + 0.3430s 13. Graham Rahal Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m16.8482s + 0.3562s 14. Marco Andretti Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m16.8999s + 0.4079s 15. Tony Kanaan KV Dallara-Chevy 1m16.9230s + 0.4310s 16. Ryan Briscoe Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m16.9331s + 0.4411s 17. EJ Viso KV Dallara-Chevy 1m16.9715s + 0.4795s 18. Takuma Sato Rahal Dallara-Honda 1m16.9741s + 0.4821s 19. James Jakes Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m17.2266s + 0.7346s 20. Charlie Kimball Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m17.2478s + 0.7558s 21. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Dallara-Chevy 1m17.2593s + 0.7673s 22. JR Hildebrand Panther Dallara-Chevy 1m17.3555s + 0.8635s 23. Oriol Servia Panther/DRR Dallara-Chevy 1m17.4791s + 0.9871s 24. Simona de Silvestro HVM Dallara-Lotus 1m17.8749s + 1.3829s 25. Ed Carpenter Carpenter Dallara-Chevy 1m17.9263s + 1.4343s