Rolex 24: Castroneves fastest for Penske in second practice

Helio Castroneves set the pace aboard Team Penske's Acura DPi in second practice for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Rolex 24: Castroneves fastest for Penske in second practice
#7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi, P: Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Graham Rahal
#7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi, P: Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Graham Rahal
#22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi, P: Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek, Nicolas Lapierre
#37 Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA ORECA LMP2, P: Lance Stroll, Felix Rosenqvist, Daniel Juncadella, Robin Frijns
#911 Porsche Team North America Porsche 911 RSR, GTLM: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frédéric Makowiecki, #11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3, GTD: Rolf Ineichen, Mirko Bortolotti, Franck Perera, Rik Breukers
#67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, GTLM: Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon
#86 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX, GTD: Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente, Trent Hindman, A.J. Allmendinger

Following a low-key first practice for both Penske Acura ARX-05s, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Castroneves moved the #7 car to the top of the times 25 minutes into the one-hour session with a 1m37.283s.

The Brazilian later improved to a 1m37.036s, ending FP2 four tenths up on the best time produced by Mazda Team Joest driver Rene Rast in the opening session.

Second-fastest was Nicolas Lapierre in the #22 ESM Nissan DPi, the Frenchman setting a 1m37.360s amid a late flurry of improvements prior to the red flag being shown with five minutes remaining.

Filipe Albuquerque was the quickest of the Cadillac drivers in the #5 Action Express car, 0.025s down on Lapierre, while best of the LMP2s was the #54 CORE autosport Oreca driven by Colin Braun in fourth.

After topping the first session, Mazda was fifth-fastest courtesy of Jonathan Bomarito in the #55 car, ahead of defending race winner Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

Fernando Alonso's #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 ended up 12th, with Lando Norris setting the car's fastest time of 1m37.960s - two positions behind the sister car driven by Bruno Senna.

The two United cars were split by the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca of Robin Frijns.

Porsche led the way in the GT Le Mans class as Patrick Pilet put the #911 entry on top in the latter stages of the session with a 1m43.902s, edging out Jan Magnussen's #3 Corvette by 0.068s.

The two Ford GTs led the way for much of the running, but were demoted to third and fourth places, with Richard Westbrook giving the Ganassi team a best time of 1m44.057s in the #67 car.

Alvaro Parente topped the GT Daytona division with a 1m46.790s in the #86 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX.

Second practice results (top 10):

Pos.No.DriversChassisTimeGap
1 7 brazil Helio Castroneves 
united_states Graham Rahal 
united_states Ricky Taylor 
Acura DPi 1'37.036  
2 22 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_states Johannes van Overbeek 
france Nicolas Lapierre 
Nissan DPi 1'37.360 0.324
3 5 brazil Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal Joao Barbosa 
Cadillac DPi 1'37.385 0.349
4 54 france Loic Duval 
france Romain Dumas 
united_states Jon Bennett 
united_states Colin Braun 
ORECA LMP2 1'37.613 0.577
5 55 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
united_states Spencer Pigot 
united_states Jonathan Bomarito 
Mazda DPi 1'37.616 0.580
6 10 united_states Jordan Taylor 
united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay 
netherlands Renger van der Zande 
Cadillac DPi 1'37.695 0.659
7 2 united_states Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom Ryan Dalziel 
france Olivier Pla 
Nissan DPi 1'37.699 0.663
8 77 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
germany René Rast 
united_states Tristan Nunez 
Mazda DPi 1'37.711 0.675
9 31 united_kingdom Mike Conway 
united_states Eric Curran 
brazil Felipe Nasr 
united_kingdom Stuart Middleton 
Cadillac DPi 1'37.771 0.735
10 32 brazil Bruno Senna 
united_kingdom Paul di Resta 
united_states Will Owen 
switzerland Hugo De Sadeleer 
Ligier LMP2 1'37.924 0.888

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