Sebastian Saavedra tops Indy 500 practice on second day

IndyCar series returnee Sebastian Saavedra topped the second day of practice for the Indy 500 with a lap of 40.6272s (221.526mph) in the AFS Racing/Andretti entry

Sebastian Saavedra tops Indy 500 practice on second day

The Colombian, who returned to Indy Lights this year after a full IndyCar season in 2011, led a day dominated by young drivers, with Sarah Fisher Racing duo Bryan Clauson and Josef Newgarden completing the top three.

Saavedra said that his laptime was made possible by how well the five Andretti drivers are working together in preparation for the May 27 race.

"There's some big strategy at Andretti Autosport, and we're five cars and all of us have homework to do every day," he said.

"We have things to try, and we sit down all together to see what works, what we need to try for the next day, but everything is a big strategy. Everything needs to be very well established. It's the professional way to do it."

Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson rounded out the top five.

Meanwhile, Rubens Barrichello's ongoing adaption to oval racing continued, with the F1 veteran's confidence levels getting a boost after KV Racing team-mate Tony Kanaan validated the set-up of his car.

"At the end of the day, I got Tony to drive my car because I needed to see if I was developing the car in the right way or not," Barrichello said "He was getting the same speed as me, so that gives me more confidence to carry on my work. It is only the second day, and luckily at Indianapolis I have another week to practice."

Barrichello ended the day with the 29th fastest time. Fellow F1 icon Jean Alesi was a further six spots back in his Fan Force car, although he was quickest of the two Lotus-powered entries.

 Pos Driver Team Speed(mph) Time 1. Sebastian Saavedra Andretti Autosport 221.526 40.6272s
2. Bryan Clauson Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 221.173 40.6922s
3. Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 221.158 40.6949s
4. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 220.829 40.7556s
5. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 220.615 40.7950s
6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 220.357 40.8428s
7. JR Hildebrand Panther Racing 219.559 40.9912s
8. James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing 218.995 41.0968s
9. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport 218.890 41.1165s
10. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing 218.812 41.1312s
11. Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 218.481 41.1935s
12. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology 218.468 41.1959s
13. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 218.016 41.2814s
14. Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 217.993 41.2857s
15. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 217.987 41.2869s
16. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology 217.934 41.2969s
17. Will Power Team Penske 217.762 41.3296s
18. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 217.706 41.3402s
19. Oriol Servia Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 217.656 41.3497s
20. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 217.551 41.3697s
21. Alex Tagliani Bryan Herta Autosport 217.116 41.4525s
22. Helio Castroneves Team Penske 216.961 41.4822s
23. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Hamilton Motorsports 216.824 41.5084s
24. Wade Cunningham A.J. Foyt Enterprises 216.657 41.5404s
25. Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Enterprises 215.725 41.7197s
26. Rubens Barrichello KV Racing Technology 215.578 41.7483s
27. Townsend Bell Sam Schmidt Motorsports 215.042 41.8522s
28. Ana Beatriz Andretti Autosport 214.745 41.9101s
29. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 214.745 41.9101s
30. Michel Jourdain Jr. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 214.117 42.0330s
31. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology 213.664 42.1223s
32. Jean Alesi Fan Force United 205.265 43.8458s
33. Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing 202.179 44.5150s
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