By: Spencer Neff
June 21, 2019 | 4:20 PM
Continuing the Andretti Autosport dominance from earlier today, Alexander Rossi would lead the way in the second practice for Sunday’s Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
By posting a fastest lap of 1m43.1206 (140.131 mph), the current championship runner-up ended the day as the fastest driver on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course. Rossi is also the first driver this weekend with a lap above 140 mph.
After Honda-powered drivers swept the Top 3 spots, Chevrolet’s teams began to pull even.
Following up on his efforts from this morning, Team Penske’s Will Power was again the fastest Chevrolet driver. The 2016 race winner ran 0.2883 seconds behind Rossi. Power’s teammate Josef Newgarden slotted in third.
Rounding out the top five were two rookies representing the Honda camp, Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist. After multiple red flags during the earlier session, the afternoon practice went uninterrupted.
With practice going without a red flag, drivers were able to ramp up their running time. Newgarden, the current series points leader, ran the most laps in this session. Last year’s pole and race winner completed 15 circuits.
After leading the first practice session, Rossi’s teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay (seventh-fastest) and Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa’s Ed Jones (18th) ran just eight laps apiece, the fewest in the session.
The gap between Rossi and tenth-place Marco Andretti was less than a second. Over the 23-car field, the gap was 2.1211 seconds between ROssi and Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey.
Lap times pick up as teams opt for alternate tires
As is the case with road and street courses, tire selection became a factor. During the session, teams began to utilize the alternate (red-wall) tires. As those familiar with the NTT IndyCar Series know, the alternate tires provide more speed, but often at the cost of reliability.
During the afternoon’s practice, only Patricio O’Ward of Carlin Racing did not record his best lap on the alternate tires.
Despite not opting for the faster tires, O’Ward was able to turn the ninth-fastest time in the session. With a final practice session prior to qualifying scheduled for tomorrow, the discrepancy between the tires will be worth monitoring this weekend.
On Saturday morning we will have one final 45-minute practice session before Qualifications will kick off at 4:00 PM Eastern time live on NBC Sports Gold – TV coverage will be available on a one-hour delay via NBCSN at 5:00 PM Eastern time. For radio coverage, tune to Sirius channel 219 or XM channel 209.
Sunday’s 55-lap race will have NBC carrying the coverage with a start time of 12:00 PM Eastern.
The green flag is expected to drop at approximately 12:43 PM Eastern time, and you can also catch the race on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network by visiting RaceControl.IndyCar.com.
Additionally, the site provides live timing and scoring during each on-track session. Stay tuned to Open-Wheels for more coverage of this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix.
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