IndyCar GP Indy: Newgarden edges VeeKay, Power in FP2

Josef Newgarden topped the timesheets in second practice for IndyCar's Grand Prix of Indianapolis, eclipsing an impressive Rinus VeeKay and his Team Penske team-mate Will Power.

IndyCar GP Indy: Newgarden edges VeeKay, Power in FP2

Double IndyCar champion Newgarden lapped the 2.439-mile road course circuit in 1m09.332s on Firestone’s softer compound tyres to duck underneath the 1m09.878s set by first practice pace-setter Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport).

With higher track temperatures than in the morning session, times on the primary Firestone tires initially didn’t dip beneath 1m10.4s with Newgarden making the early running 20 minutes into the session.

IndyCar rookie Jimmie Johnson (Chip Ganassi Racing) was, as usual, the first driver to try the red-walled softer compound, their potential underlined when AJ Foyt Racing’s Dalton Kellett sprung to the top with 15 minutes left to run.

The leading runners then put on the soft tyres and Power ducked down to 1m09.499s to go fastest, ahead of Rossi's closest challenger in the morning session Jack Harvey (Meyer Shank Racing) and Colton Herta (Andretti), fresh from staving off rumours he could move to Formula 1 by signing an extension to his contract through to 2023.

The 21-year-old then improved still further, matching Power’s time.

Ed Carpenter Racing driver VeeKay, who took his first pole here at the Harvest GP last autumn, edged them both by 0.097s to go fastest before Newgarden dug deep and trimmed a further 0.069s off the Dutchman's best.

Power tried again, but the 2014 series champion came up 0.14sec short to remain third, despite lightly grazing the wall at the entry of Turn 1.

Will Power

Will Power

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Herta ended the session fourth and the best of the Andretti runners, half a tenth clear of Penske rookie Scott McLaughlin - who nudged Harvey down to sixth by 0.06s.

Fellow rookie Romain Grosjean’s best effort for Dale Coyne Racing was good enough to edge compatriot Simon Pagenaud in the fourth Penske for seventh spot, while Arrow McLaren SP pair Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist completed the top 10.

Their temporary team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya’s return to IndyCar road course action for the first time since Sonoma in 2016 continued to be troubled as the Colombian spun twice - once on both tyre compounds - to finish up last.

Reigning champion Scott Dixon also suffered a poor showing, the Ganassi driver ending the session in 23rd after completing just 11 laps. He suffered an apparent clutch issue when trying to pull away from his pitbox.

Dixon's team-mate Alex Palou got up to speed relatively swiftly on primaries after missing the morning session due to a water leak, but dropped down to 13th after everyone had switched to the softer compound.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis - Practice 2

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 20 1'09.332  
2 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout United States Ed Carpenter Racing 17 1'09.402 0.069
3 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 21 1'09.474 0.142
4 United States Colton Herta United States Andretti Autosport 19 1'09.499 0.167
5 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin United States Team Penske 18 1'09.551 0.219
6 United Kingdom Jack Harvey United States Meyer Shank Racing 17 1'09.619 0.286
7 France Romain Grosjean Dale Coyne Racing with RWR 21 1'09.621 0.289
8 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 19 1'09.737 0.405
9 Mexico Patricio O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP 20 1'09.739 0.407
10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren SP 17 1'09.774 0.442
11 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 18 1'09.778 0.446
12 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 18 1'09.784 0.452
13 Spain Alex Palou United States Chip Ganassi Racing 22 1'09.845 0.513
14 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 12 1'09.906 0.574
15 United States Conor Daly United States Ed Carpenter Racing 19 1'09.921 0.589
16 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 21 1'09.972 0.640
17 Canada James Hinchcliffe Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport 18 1'09.978 0.646
18 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Chip Ganassi Racing 20 1'09.987 0.655
19 Canada Dalton Kellett United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 22 1'10.118 0.786
20 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19 1'10.135 0.803
21 France Sébastien Bourdais United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 20 1'10.349 1.017
22 United States Charlie Kimball United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 17 1'10.683 1.351
23 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 11 1'10.777 1.444
24 United States Jimmie Johnson United States Chip Ganassi Racing 16 1'10.975 1.642
25 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Arrow McLaren SP 14 1'11.808 2.475
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