Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud heads team-mate Power in second practice

Simon Pagenaud headed the second IndyCar practice session in Toronto after edging out Penske team-mate Will Power

Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud heads team-mate Power in second practice

Reigning champion Pagenaud completed 17 laps and set his eventual best of 1m00.2773s half an hour into the 45-minute session, having led the session on and off from the start.

Power improved dramatically on his first practice showing - in which he was only 16th - and slotted into second place, 0.1409 seconds ahead of Ganassi's Scott Dixon.

Championship leader Dixon ended up three tenths off the pace and finished narrowly ahead of fellow Honda runner Graham Rahal, who was a regular fixture in the top five during the session.

Practice one pacesetter Helio Castroneves only made it out on track with 15 minutes remaining but recorded a best lap time of 1m00.6485s to place fifth.

Marco Andretti spent much of the session in the lower half of the order but improved to set the sixth fastest time, with fourth Penske driver Josef Newgarden taking seventh ahead of Andretti's team-mate Takuma Sato.

The top 10 was completed by the third Andretti Autosport of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Carpenter Racing driver JR Hildebrand.

The session was punctuated by two red flags, the first of which was a result of Formula 1 convert Esteban Gutierrez - who ended the session in 19th - clouting the wall exiting Turn 1 just eight minutes into the session.

Carlos Munoz later caused a second red flag period after appearing to stall on the approach to Turn 2 with just seven minutes remaining.

Series returnee Sebastian Saavedra was slowest of the 21 runners, ending the session 1.8s slower than Pagenaud.

SECOND PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.2573s - 17
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.4844s 0.2271s 20
3 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m00.6253s 0.3680s 20
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m00.6388s 0.3815s 27
5 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.6485s 0.3912s 14
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m00.8321s 0.5748s 21
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8540s 0.5967s 17
8 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m00.9509s 0.6936s 22
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m00.9692s 0.7119s 23
10 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.0735s 0.8162s 25
11 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.0883s 0.8310s 27
12 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.0964s 0.8391s 20
13 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1517s 0.8944s 27
14 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m01.3164s 1.0591s 20
15 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.3930s 1.1357s 11
16 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.4874s 1.2301s 22
17 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.4927s 1.2354s 14
18 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.5214s 1.2641s 28
19 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.7637s 1.5064s 2
20 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.8670s 1.6097s 26
21 Sebastian Saavedra Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m02.1493s 1.8920s 30


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