Slightly less eventful than the chaotic morning practice at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ryan Hunter-Reay led the field of 24 drivers in practice two for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.
Granted use of the Firestone alternate red-sidewall tires, each driver with the exception of Sebastien Bourdais set his fastest lap of the day during the warmer afternoon session. Hunter-Reay’s lap of 1m5.1950s paced the group while Will Power (1m5.3371s), Graham Rahal (1m5.4141s), Spencer Pigot (1m5.4312s) and Alexander Rossi (1m5.4526s) rounded out the top five.
Power’s quickest lap came after the Aussie looped his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet off-track earlier in the session. The only other driver facing trouble was Michael Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey. Towards the middle of the practice, Harvey lost power and his No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda had to be towed back to pit lane.
Bourdais’ quickest lap from the morning session remained 6th fastest and Marco Andretti popped into the top-10 at 7th-quick.
Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon (P8) and Ed Jones (P9) cracked the top-10 while Josef Newgarden turned 42 laps before placing himself P10.
Across the two sessions on Friday, rookie Rene Binder (P24) turned a Friday-high 52 laps. Fellow rookies Zach Veach (P13), Matheus Leist (P20) and Jordan King (P21) were runners-up in that category with 47 circuits completed.
Seven Honda representatives filled the top-10 practice times today with the only three Chevy drivers being Power (Team Penske), Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing) and Newgarden (Team Penske).
This continues a recent string of success for Pigot, who finished on the podium for the first time at Iowa and was in line for a top five at Toronto before a self-inflicted error.
Final practice will roll off Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern as teams will get 45 minutes to tune their machines ahead of a dash for the “Fast Six.” Qualifying will proceed later Saturday afternoon with live coverage on NBCSN starting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
It is the first time this season that qualifying will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network. You can still follow along at RaceControl.IndyCar.com for timing and scoring as well as the radio call from Mark Jaynes and the rest of the IndyCar Radio Network.
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