Sonoma IndyCar: Helio Castroneves heads all-Penske Friday top three

Helio Castroneves topped a Team Penske 1-2-3 in the second IndyCar practice at Sonoma

Sonoma IndyCar: Helio Castroneves heads all-Penske Friday top three

Fresh from finishing quickest in practice one, Castroneves set a 1m16.6678s lap - 0.0394 seconds quicker than title-chasing team-mate Will Power.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud ended the 75-minute session third, having set the first lap in the 1m16s early on.

Ryan Hunter-Reay snuck into the top four to top the Honda contingent, 0.3891s down on Castroneves' time.

The Chip Ganassi Racing quartet was the surprise of the day having struggled throughout.

Only Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton made the tail end of the top 10, while experienced hands Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon ended their frustrating sessions 14th and 16th respectively - the latter experiencing a bizarre spin on the exit of Turn 2 near the end of the afternoon.

The Turn 9 chicane caught out plenty of drivers, with the likes of Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi and Spencer Pigot getting out of shape on the kerbs, while Chilton and RC Enerson were among those to miss the corner entirely on hot laps.

The practice's only red flag came from a late engine issue for Dale Coyne Racing's Conor Daly, who parked his Dallara-Honda at the bottom of the hill on the exit of the Carousel after billowing smoke along the straight.

The former GP3 and GP2 driver had reported losing speed on the straights following a misfire before rolling to a stop and ending his day in 22nd.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.6678s - 11
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.7072s 0.0394s 13
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.9757s 0.3079s 16
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m17.0569s 0.3891s 13
5 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m17.0817s 0.4139s 16
6 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.1836s 0.5158s 14
7 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m17.1905s 0.5227s 17
8 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.1968s 0.5290s 20
9 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.3064s 0.6386s 19
10 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.3276s 0.6598s 18
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m17.3286s 0.6608s 14
12 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.3315s 0.6637s 16
13 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m17.4150s 0.7472s 15
14 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.4262s 0.7584s 18
15 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m17.4910s 0.8232s 16
16 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.7009s 1.0331s 15
17 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m17.7229s 1.0551s 21
18 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.7248s 1.0570s 15
19 R.C. Enerson Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.7399s 1.0721s 24
20 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m17.9469s 1.2791s 15
21 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m17.9659s 1.2981s 20
22 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m18.8412s 2.1734s 12

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