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Indy 500: Newgarden puts Penske on top again in Day 2 practice

The 2017 IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden put Team Penske-Chevrolet top of the speed charts in practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

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Indy 500: Newgarden puts Penske on top again in Day 2 practice

On a day when both Formula 1 legend Fernando Alonso and IndyCar super-rookie Felix Rosenqvist suffered sizeable shunts, Josef Newgarden lapped the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 228.856mph to edge Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda by 0.021mph.

Spencer Pigot led the usual Ed Carpenter Racing charge with third fastest while teammates Ed Jones and Carpenter himself were ninth and tenth.

Santino Ferrucci was top rookie, clocking P4 for Dale Coyne Racing-Honda, ahead of three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and his own teammate Sebastien Bourdais.

Zach Veach was top Andretti Autosport-Honda driver with seventh fastest, the last driver in the 228mph bracket, with Charlie Kimball – third place finisher here in 2015 – running eighth for Carlin-Chevrolet.

In the no-tow speeds – speeds set without the aid of a draft from a car or cars ahead, Andretti’s Alexander Rossi led the rankings on 224.648mph, with AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan second fastest. Jones and Kimball were third and fourth.

Patricio O’Ward, who suffered a mechanical issue in his Carlin car yesterday, breezed through all three phases of his Rookie Orientation practice this morning before the track opened. The Mexican rookie went on to finish the day 22nd, and 13th in the no-tow speeds.

Session results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Mph
1 2 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 39.3260 228.856
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 39.3296 228.835
3 21 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 39.3601 228.658
4 19 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 39.3768 228.561
5 3 Brazil Helio Castroneves
Team Penske 39.3975 228.441
6 18 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 39.4268 228.271
7 26 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 39.4638 228.057
8 23 United States Charlie Kimball
Carlin 39.5653 227.472
9 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing 39.5945 227.304
10 20 United States Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter Racing 39.6140 227.192
11 32 United States Kyle Kaiser
Juncos Racing 39.6338 227.079
12 4 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 39.6410 227.038
13 98 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 39.6412 227.037
14 15 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 39.6461 227.008
15 22 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 39.6772 226.831
16 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 39.6848 226.787
17 30 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 39.6887 226.765
18 25 United States Conor Daly
Andretti Autosport 39.7030 226.683
19 77 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Team Stange Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson 39.7031 226.683
20 48 United States J.R. Hildebrand
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 39.7095 226.646
21 12 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 39.7159 226.609
22 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Carlin 39.7455 226.441
23 60 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 39.7535 226.395
24 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 39.7590 226.364
25 33 Australia James Davison
Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd and Belardi 39.8119 226.063
26 24 United States Sage Karam
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 39.8492 225.851
27 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 39.8767 225.696
28 7 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 39.8786 225.685
29 66 Spain Fernando Alonso
McLaren Racing 39.9231 225.433
30 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Carlin 39.9237 225.430
31 42 United Kingdom Jordan King
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 39.9484 225.291
32 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 39.9540 225.259
33 88 United States Colton Herta
Harding Steinbrenner Racing 40.0527 224.704
34 27 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 40.0627 224.648
35 39 United Kingdom Pippa Mann
Clauson-Marshall Racing 40.0983 224.448
36 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley
DragonSpeed 40.1139 224.361
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