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Fontana IndyCar: Scott Dixon tops practice two for Ganassi

Scott Dixon took Ganassi to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for this weekend's IndyCar round at Fontana

The New Zealander (pictured above with Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan) laid down his 217.629mph benchmark relatively early - it was just his third flying lap - but it proved to be enough to keep him on top at the end.

Simon Pagenaud came closest to matching him; the Penske driver finishing up with a fastest lap of 216.861mph, with Ed Carpenter just a hair behind him to complete a Chevrolet 1-2-3.

Takuma Sato made a late jump to end the session as the fastest Honda driver and fourth-fastest overall, leaving championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya to round out the top five.

As was the case earlier in the day, the dirty track surface prompted a couple of early yellows for debris and track inspections, but the longest delay was triggered when James Jakes suffered an apparent engine failure and left a trail of oil through Turns 3 and 4 as he wheeled his Schmidt car back to the pits.

That promoted a stoppage of more than half an hour, although an extra 15 minutes of green time was added on to the end of the session.

The cars are scheduled to return to the track later on Friday for qualifying.

PRACTICE TWO SPEEDS AND TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Speed Time Gap
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 217.629 33.0839s -
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 216.861 33.2010s 0.1171s
3 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 216.809 33.2089s 0.1250s
4 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 216.337 33.2814s 0.1975s
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 216.251 33.2946s 0.2107s
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 216.230 33.2979s 0.2140s
7 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 216.139 33.3119s 0.2280s
8 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 216.054 33.3250s 0.2411s
9 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 215.772 33.3685s 0.2846s
10 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 215.500 33.4106s 0.3267s
11 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 214.712 33.5333s 0.4494s
12 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 214.533 33.5613s 0.4774s
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 214.485 33.5688s 0.4849s
14 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 214.399 33.5822s 0.4983s
15 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 214.300 33.5977s 0.5138s
16 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 213.965 33.6504s 0.5665s
17 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 213.311 33.7535s 0.6696s
18 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 212.815 33.8322s 0.7483s
19 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 212.408 33.8970s 0.8131s
20 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 212.133 33.9410s 0.8571s
21 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 211.985 33.9647s 0.8808s
22 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 210.579 34.1914s 1.1075s
23 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 209.884 34.3046s 1.2207s


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