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NOLA IndyCar: Will Power and Penske lead rain-hit session

Will Power was fastest for Penske in a severely rain-shortened second practice session for this weekend's IndyCar race at NOLA

Afternoon thunderstorms pushed the green flag back more than an hour, and even then running time was limited as track workers scrambled to remove standing water.

Aside from a couple of early exploratory laps from James Jakes and Marco Andretti, drivers only really had 10 minutes right at the end to get any meaningful track time.

Speeds increased steadily with the formation of a dry line, and Andretti's early benchmark in the 1m23s range was beaten nine times before Power finally claimed first place with a 1m20.1704s.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was second-fastest with a time 0.1 seconds down on the reigning champion's, with Simon Pagenaud and rookie Stefano Coletti rounding out the top four.

However the patchy conditions meant that several drivers limited themselves to no more than a couple of laps, and several opted not to go out at all.

That roster included all three of the Ganassi cars, as well as both Dale Coyne Racing entries and CFH's Josef Newgarden.

"We didn't know how much we were going to learn there, running 3.0s off the pace," said CGR owner Chip Ganassi.

Teams have one final practice session scheduled for Saturday before qualifying later in the afternoon.

RESULTS

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m20.1704s - 7
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m20.2724s 0.1020s 8
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m20.5540s 0.3836s 5
4 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m20.8998s 0.7294s 6
5 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m21.2369s 1.0665s 10
6 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m21.3886s 1.2182s 8
7 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m21.6157s 1.4453s 8
8 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m21.6281s 1.4577s 3
9 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m21.8095s 1.6391s 9
10 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m21.8402s 1.6698s 7
11 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m22.1165s 1.9461s 9
12 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m22.2171s 2.0467s 11
13 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m22.4377s 2.2673s 6
14 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m22.6311s 2.4607s 8
15 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m22.8121s 2.6417s 5
16 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m25.0876s 4.9172s 4
17 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m36.3756s 16.2052s 1
18 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 6m01.0235s - 2


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