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Long Beach IndyCar: Power leads second practice for Penske

Will Power led the way in second practice for the second round of the 2017 IndyCar season at Long Beach

The Penske racer set a time of 1m07.0800s on the softer Firestone tyres to finish 0.2776 seconds ahead of Marco Andretti and team-mate Simon Pagenaud.

The 45-minute session looked set to be an uneventful one until a short red-flag period in the final eight minutes, caused when Ganassi's Tony Kanaan locked up at Turn 1 and stalled after completing a U-turn.

Takuma Sato jumped up to fourth late ahead of Andretti Autosport team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay and Penske's Helio Castroneves, who also improved using the soft rubber.

Winner of the season opener at St Petersburg, Dale Coyne Racing's Sebastien Bourdais was seventh.

Scott Dixon moved to the top with 28 minutes remaining but did not improve on that time of 1m07.7147s, slipping to eighth at the end of the session to break the Ganassi driver's streak of leading three-straight practice sessions.

JR Hildebrand and James Hinchcliffe completed the top 10, ahead of last year's Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.

Ganassi's Max Chilton again appeared to struggle after apparent electrical problems in first practice, finishing as the slowest of the 21 drivers, 2.2905s off the pace set by Power.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.0800s - 14
2 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.3576s 0.2776s 12
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.3797s 0.2997s 17
4 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.5538s 0.4738s 16
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.5698s 0.4898s 16
6 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.5926s 0.5126s 17
7 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.6811s 0.6011s 18
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.7147s 0.6347s 16
9 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.7496s 0.6696s 24
10 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.7712s 0.6912s 17
11 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m07.7890s 0.7090s 17
12 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m07.8118s 0.7318s 19
13 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.9643s 0.8843s 18
14 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.9786s 0.8986s 19
15 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.0577s 0.9777s 18
16 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m08.2575s 1.1775s 19
17 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.3624s 1.2824s 21
18 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.4465s 1.3665s 18
19 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.7472s 1.6672s 19
20 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m09.1303s 2.0503s 15
21 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m09.3705s 2.2905s 21

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