COTA IndyCar: Power leads Rosenqvist in second practice

Will Power kept Team Penske-Chevrolet on top of the IndyCar leaderboard at Circuit of The Americas with the fastest time of the weekend in second practice.

COTA IndyCar: Power leads Rosenqvist in second practice

With drivers getting the chance to run the softer-compound Firestones, the 2014 champion, who took pole in the season-opener, nailed a 1min47.4401sec lap of the 3.41-mile course, an average speed of 114.259mph.

He beat Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s rookie, by 0.1749sec with Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay third and fourth for Andretti Autosport-Honda.

Fifth fastest was Ed Jones in the Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, despite nursing a broken finger, legacy of a big shunt in the St. Petersburg race.

Zach Veach was spectacular in a third Andretti machine, lapping faster than the Penskes of Simon Pagenaud and this morning’s pacesetter Josef Newgarden and also Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato.

2018 Indy Lights champion Patricio O’Ward was 11th for Carlin-Chevy in his second IndyCar event, while 2017 Indy Lights champ Kyle Kaiser was 22nd in the first outing of the year for Juncos Racing-Chevy.

In an additional session that serves as the warm-up and hot pitstop practice, Pagenaud led the way and Colton Herta – who blew an engine in this morning’s session – was immediately up to speed albeit on a fresh set of reds.

Practice times:

Pos # Driver Team Time Gap
1 12 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 1'47.4401  
2 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'47.6150 0.1749
3 27 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 1'47.9311 0.4910
4 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 1'48.1209 0.6808
5 20 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'48.1597 0.7196
6 26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport 1'48.1988 0.7587
7 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 1'48.2728 0.8327
8 30 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'48.3484 0.9083
9 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 1'48.4497 1.0096
10 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing 1'48.4585 1.0184
11 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward United Kingdom Carlin 1'48.5212 1.0811
12 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'48.5311 1.0910
13 15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1'48.5328 1.0927
14 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 1'48.5541 1.1140
15 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin 1'48.5643 1.1242
16 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 1'48.5735 1.1334
17 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1'48.9461 1.5060
18 4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'49.0534 1.6133
19 98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport 1'49.1639 1.7238
20 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing 1'49.2359 1.7958
21 19 United States Santino Ferrucci United States Dale Coyne Racing 1'49.2512 1.8111
22 32 United States Kyle Kaiser United States Juncos Racing 1'50.5787 3.1386
23 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1'51.6903 4.2502
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