Detroit IndyCar: Helio Castroneves ends Friday practice on top

Team Penske's Helio Castroneves topped second practice ahead of IndyCar's Detroit double-header, leading practice one pacesetter Graham Rahal

Detroit IndyCar: Helio Castroneves ends Friday practice on top

Castroneves set a 1m15.1511s, two tenths faster than Rahal's best effort.

Many teams avoided doing significant running in the afternoon because the tyre allocation is the same as for a normal street course weekend even though Detroit features two races.

That encouraged tyre preservation ahead of Saturday morning's first qualifying session.

Alexander Rossi was third fastest, despite crashing out.

The Andretti Autosport driver had just placed his Dallara-Honda top of the timing sheets 10 minutes into the session when he lost control coming into the Turn 9 left-hander in the Fountain section, significantly damaging the rear of his machine.

Reigning champion Simon Pagenaud was fourth fastest, ahead of Mikhail Aleshin and Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.

Seventh-placed JR Hildebrand completed more laps than anybody else with 19.

Ryan Hunter-Reay spun part-way through the 45-minute session, and was ninth fastest. A suspected clutch issue also hampered his session.

Max Chilton suffered a brake fire in the pitlane, and ended the session in 15th place.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez ended his first day as an IndyCar Series driver slowest of all, over three seconds off the pace.

SECOND PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m15.1511s - 15
2 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m15.3519s 0.2008s 15
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m15.4323s 0.2812s 3
4 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m15.4577s 0.3066s 19
5 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m15.5382s 0.3871s 17
6 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m15.5923s 0.4412s 18
7 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.0380s 0.8869s 23
8 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.0593s 0.9082s 15
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.1352s 0.9841s 12
10 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.1400s 0.9889s 13
11 Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m16.1488s 0.9977s 21
12 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m16.2264s 1.0753s 19
13 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.3788s 1.2277s 16
14 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.5945s 1.4434s 13
15 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.7223s 1.5712s 20
16 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.7757s 1.6246s 14
17 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.8943s 1.7432s 20
18 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.0226s 1.8715s 17
19 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.1111s 1.9600s 20
20 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.6095s 2.4584s 20
21 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.7836s 2.6325s 13
22 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m18.5413s 3.3902s 21


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