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Road America IndyCar: Graham Rahal fastest in Friday practice

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal ended second IndyCar practice at Road America at the top of the timesheets

He put in a 1m43.022 mid-way through the session, bouncing back from a difficult practice one in which electrical issues hampered his running.

Team Penske's Will Power just missed out on the top spot in practice two, finishing 0.138 seconds behind Rahal's best time.

Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya made late improvements to move up to third and fourth.

Kanaan was one of several drivers to take to the grass run-off areas around the Road America circuit, with the Chip Ganassi Racing driver going straight on and across the gravel at Turn 2 with half an hour to go.

Carlos Munoz and Max Chilton were next up, with Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi completing the top 10.

Josef Newgarden returned to action on Friday after suffering a fractured right clavicle and wrist in a huge crash at the Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

He was 13th quickest in the afternoon, behind Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti

Newgarden was granted permission to complete practice but will undergo further tests to determine if he will race in Wisconsin.

Practice one pacesetter and current IndyCar championship leader Simon Pagenaud put in the most laps of anyone in the second session, with 19, but he finished down in 15th.

The planned 75-minute session was shortened by 90 seconds following a late red flag for Jack Hawksworth's stranded AJ Foyt Dallara-Honda at Turn 4.

PRACTICE TWO

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m43.0224s - 19
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.1608s 0.1384s 15
3 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.7031s 0.6807s 12
4 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.7427s 0.7203s 14
5 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.7699s 0.7475s 15
6 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.7964s 0.7740s 16
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.8137s 0.7913s 18
8 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.8423s 0.8199s 12
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.8425s 0.8201s 10
10 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m43.8530s 0.8306s 15
11 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m43.8702s 0.8478s 17
12 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.8885s 0.8661s 14
13 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.8937s 0.8713s 15
14 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.9059s 0.8835s 14
15 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.9625s 0.9401s 21
16 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m43.9679s 0.9455s 18
17 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.0070s 0.9846s 16
18 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m44.0419s 1.0195s 15
19 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m44.1000s 1.0776s 18
20 Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m44.2901s 1.2677s 17
21 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.4625s 1.4401s 15
22 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.9342s 1.9118s 17


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