By: Spencer Neff
March 22, 2019 | 4:13 PM
As was the case in Friday morning’s practice, Team Penske topped the charts during the afternoon session. In this practice, Will Power led the way at the 3.41-mile, 20-turn Circuit of The Americas road course. The polesitter from the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg posted a best lap of 1m47.4401s.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist continued to impress in his rookie season by running second to Power in the session (1m47.6150s), the fastest of the Honda-powered entries. Power and Rosenqvist were the only drivers to exceed 114 MPH today on the combined timesheet.
As they did in the opening practice, Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third and fourth on the charts in a bit of deja vu action.
After posting the slowest time in the first session, Ed Jones rebounded to finish fifth (1m48.1957s) for Chevrolet’s Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa. Two weeks ago, Jones suffered a broken finger in a crash during the St. Petersburg opener.
0.9083 seconds separated Power and eighth-place runner Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), and after leading opening practice, Josef Newgarden finished ninth in practice two – 1.0096 seconds behind his Penske teammate.
When all was said and done, 16 of the 24 drivers topped Newgarden’s time from earlier in the day in an accelerated afternoon session – one that was also fifteen minutes longer in length.
In an afternoon session that was slightly more active than the morning, Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton recorded the most laps completed with 15. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan recorded the fewest laps of any driver in the session with just 7 circuits completed.
Fortunately for the field, there were no incidents or stoppages during the hour-long practice. However, one team did not take to the track.
In the first session, Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta lost an engine. Although the team got the car out in time for pit stop practice and earned the second-fastest time, they did not get an opportunity to record a lap in the second practice.
In the pit stop practice, Simon Pagenaud made it a sweep of the day’s on-track activity for Team Penske. The 2016 Series Champion recorded a best-lap of 1m48.3334.
On Saturday, there will be one final 45-minute practice at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. The three-round, knockout-style qualifying session will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. Each session will be available for viewing via the NBC Sports Gold INDYCAR Pass, while qualifications will be shown live on NBCSN.
As with each IndyCar Series on-track session, the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network will also provide commentary via RaceControl.IndyCar.com – where you can also find timing and scoring.
Sunday’s 60-lap race is scheduled for a 1:40 p.m. Eastern green flag. Stay with Open-Wheels.com and our social media accounts for all the latest news and developments.
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