Ryan Hunter-Reay fastest in P2 as Justin Wilson suffers injury

Ryan Hunter-Reay went fastest with a last-gasp effort in a truncated second practice at Mid-Ohio, following a crash for Justin Wilson in the final minutes of the session

Ryan Hunter-Reay fastest in P2 as Justin Wilson suffers injury

Wilson ran wide and clipped the tyre barrier at Turn 1, bringing his Dreyer & Reinbold car to a halt at Turn 2. He was able to remove the steering wheel from his car, but then slumped back in pain. The Briton had to be extricated by medical teams using a backboard and neckbrace. Wilson's condition remains unclear.

The incident caused a long full-course yellow period, which ended with just four minutes still on the clock - enough time for every driver to manage at least one flying lap.

Hunter-Reay was the biggest gainer, setting his fastest lap of 1m08.8057s on his final tour to snatch top spot from Ganassi's Scott Dixon. The Andretti driver had lain tenth before his final flyer.

Takuma Sato was another late improver, the KV Racing Technology man moving into third at the expense of last year's polesitter Will Power.

Ryan Briscoe edged out championship leader Dario Franchitti in the battle for sixth, with just over one hundredth of a second separating the pair at the finish.

JR Hildebrand and Alex Tagliani also secured themselves top ten berths with late improvements to seventh and eighth respectively.

Graham Rahal and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top ten ahead of Wilson, who was fifth before his accident.

The session had earlier been halted as Sebastian Saavedra span at the final corner, although the young Colombian was able to continue and ended the session 19th fastest.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m08.8057s 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m08.8335s + 0.0278s 3. Takuma Sato KV 1m08.8747s + 0.0690s 4. Will Power Penske 1m08.9419s + 0.1362s 5. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m09.0556s + 0.2499s 6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m09.0683s + 0.2626s 7. JR Hildebrand Panther 1m09.1655s + 0.3598s 8. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 1m09.3230s + 0.5173s 9. Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m09.3254s + 0.5197s 10. Tony Kanaan KV 1m09.3623s + 0.5566s 11. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m09.4224s + 0.6167s 12. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 1m09.4894s + 0.6837s 13. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m09.5122s + 0.7065s 14. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m09.5316s + 0.7259s 15. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m09.5492s + 0.7435s 16. EJ Viso KV 1m09.6156s + 0.8099s 17. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m09.7271s + 0.9214s 18. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m09.7331s + 0.9274s 19. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 1m09.7433s + 0.9376s 20. Mike Conway Andretti 1m09.7506s + 0.9449s 21. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m09.7520s + 0.9463s 22. Martin Plowman Sam Schmidt 1m09.9226s + 1.1169s 23. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m10.0676s + 1.2619s 24. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m10.0760s + 1.2703s 25. James Jakes Dale Coyne 1m10.1987s + 1.3930s 26. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m10.6978s + 1.8921s 27. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 1m11.7864s + 2.9807s 
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