Sonoma IndyCar: Josef Newgarden leads Penske 1-2-3-4 in practice

Josef Newgarden continued on top of the timesheets in the second practice session at Sonoma ahead of the 2017 IndyCar season's championship decider

Sonoma IndyCar: Josef Newgarden leads Penske 1-2-3-4 in practice

The points leader set a lap time of 1m16.2485s to head a Penske 1-2-3-4 in front of Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power, who are all fighting to displace him at the top of the standings.

Power was the only driver to have a drama during the session as he spun with a quarter of the 45 minutes remaining at the hairpin near the end of the lap.

The session was otherwise uneventful apart from one short red flag period after the halfway point due to two spectators getting past a gate, seemingly to take photographs of the cars.

Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay was the highest-placed driver who cannot win the title in fifth above Scott Dixon, who sits three points behind Newgarden.

Marco Andretti beat championship long-shot Alexander Rossi to seventh. Rossi is 84 points adrift of Newgarden with a maximum of 104 remaining.

The other outside title fighter Graham Rahal was 10th behind Takuma Sato.

Series newcomer Zachary Claman DeMelo again finished as the last of the 22 cars, 1.8119 seconds adrift of the best time.

The Canadian set a slower lap than his effort in first practice but his deficit to the nearest car narrowed from 0.2940s to 0.0724s.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.2485s - 15
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.2871s 0.0386s 15
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.3471s 0.0986s 12
4 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m16.4389s 0.1904s 15
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.4829s 0.2344s 12
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.5863s 0.3378s 14
7 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.5999s 0.3514s 14
8 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m16.6725s 0.4240s 15
9 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m16.7542s 0.5057s 17
10 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m16.8121s 0.5636s 15
11 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.8291s 0.5806s 15
12 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m16.9746s 0.7261s 16
13 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.0106s 0.7621s 21
14 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.0545s 0.8060s 15
15 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m17.1716s 0.9231s 13
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.2615s 1.0130s 16
17 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m17.2681s 1.0196s 16
18 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.3791s 1.1306s 23
19 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.4156s 1.1671s 18
20 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m17.6810s 1.4325s 17
21 Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m17.9880s 1.7395s 18
22 Zachary Claman Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m18.0604s 1.8119s 20


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