St Petersburg IndyCar: Penske driver Power fastest in practice two

Will Power rebounded from his morning crash to lead the way in a disrupted second IndyCar Series practice session on the St Petersburg street track

St Petersburg IndyCar: Penske driver Power fastest in practice two

Penske repaired Power's Dallara-Chevrolet following his hefty impact on the exit of Turn 9 in practice one, and he grabbed the top spot in the final minute of the day's second session.

The afternoon practice had been due to run for an hour and a quarter, but was halted for 40 minutes early on so track repairs could be carried out after the surface began to break up on a bump after Turn 3.

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With a packed support programme, the restarted session was truncated, giving teams and drivers around 50 minutes of actual running in the end.

There were multiple changes of first position when practice resumed, before reigning champion Scott Dixon appeared to have settled himself at the head of the order.

But the Ganassi driver's 1m00.9573s lap was usurped by a 1m00.9431s from Power with just seconds left on the clock.

Morning pacesetter Simon Pagenaud ended up third, followed by 2015 title contender Graham Rahal in the fastest of the Hondas.

AJ Foyt Racing repeated its strong practice one form, with Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth sandwiching post-injury returnee James Hinchcliffe and Carlos Munoz in fifth and eighth.

Hawksworth again had a couple of spells setting the pace, and was leading the session when it was red-flagged.

Penske pair Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10.

After a quiet morning, former Manor Formula 1 driver Alexander Rossi got in the top three for a while. He later caused a red flag by sliding down an escape road, and slipped back to 13th.

Having been slowest in practice one, Rossi's fellow F1 convert Max Chilton improved to 18th in the 22-car field, just 0.7697s off the pace as less than a second covered the top 20.

Autosport Race Centre Live will bring you full coverage of the season opener from 4:45pm UK time this Sunday.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.9431s - 25
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.9573s 0.0142s 22
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1796s 0.2365s 23
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m01.2924s 0.3493s 25
5 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m01.3246s 0.3815s 18
6 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.3334s 0.3903s 23
7 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.3745s 0.4314s 26
8 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m01.3808s 0.4377s 20
9 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.4280s 0.4849s 27
10 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.4296s 0.4865s 21
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.4819s 0.5388s 25
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.5034s 0.5603s 19
13 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m01.5198s 0.5767s 25
14 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.5540s 0.6109s 20
15 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.5599s 0.6168s 24
16 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.5655s 0.6224s 26
17 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.5851s 0.6420s 18
18 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.7128s 0.7697s 23
19 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.7388s 0.7957s 25
20 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.8598s 0.9167s 28
21 Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.2879s 1.3448s 29
22 Spencer Pigot Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m02.3670s 1.4239s 21


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