St. Petersburg IndyCar: Hunter-Reay fastest in second practice

Ryan Hunter-Reay put Andretti Autosport-Honda on top of the times with the first 60sec lap of the weekend, although Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet’s Spencer Pigot joined him in that bracket, as all teams got their first taste of the softer-compound Firestones.

St. Petersburg IndyCar: Hunter-Reay fastest in second practice

Hunter-Reay’s Marco Andretti was the early pacesetter with a 61.1011sec and was eventually joined in the top three by the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing duo of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato, before James Hinchcliffe’s Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport car jumped to second

Then Hunter-Reay delivered his knockout blow, his average speed around the 1.8-mile street/airport course being 106.409mph.

Colton Herta’s Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda jumped to P3 with seven minutes to go, before Spencer Pigot grabbed second for ECR, and Andretti further trimmed his best time to send Herta down to fourth. The HSR-Honda would eventually coast to a halt out on course.

Carlin-Chevrolets starred to clock fifth and seventh, sandwiching Alexander Rossi (Andretti) and the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda of James Hinchcliffe.

The three Team Penske-Chevys were only ninth, 10th and 17th for Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud respectively, while Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist were 13th and 14th for Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.

Zach Veach had a couple of trips off course, while Marcus Ericsson brushed the wall in the second Arrow SPM entry while running on his red tires.

Cla # Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport 15 1'00.8969     106.409
2 21 United States Spencer Pigot United States Ed Carpenter Racing 17 1'00.9812 0.0843 0.0843 106.262
3 98 United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport 10 1'01.0351 0.1382 0.0539 106.168
4 88 United States Colton Herta United States Harding Racing 17 1'01.0776 0.1807 0.0425 106.095
5 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton United Kingdom Carlin 16 1'01.1171 0.2202 0.0395 106.026
6 27 United States Alexander Rossi United States Andretti Autosport 16 1'01.1388 0.2419 0.0217 105.988
7 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 13 1'01.1453 0.2484 0.0065 105.977
8 23 United States Charlie Kimball United Kingdom Carlin 18 1'01.1681 0.2712 0.0228 105.938
9 2 United States Josef Newgarden United States Team Penske 12 1'01.1811 0.2842 0.0130 105.915
10 12 Australia Will Power United States Team Penske 19 1'01.1896 0.2927 0.0085 105.900
11 15 United States Graham Rahal United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 23 1'01.2129 0.3160 0.0233 105.860
12 30 Japan Takuma Sato United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 17 1'01.2700 0.3731 0.0571 105.761
13 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing 18 1'01.4284 0.5315 0.1584 105.489
14 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist United States Chip Ganassi Racing 18 1'01.5020 0.6051 0.0736 105.362
15 20 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones United States Ed Carpenter Racing 18 1'01.5158 0.6189 0.0138 105.339
16 4 Brazil Matheus Leist United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18 1'01.5456 0.6487 0.0298 105.288
17 22 France Simon Pagenaud United States Team Penske 14 1'01.5514 0.6545 0.0058 105.278
18 18 France Sébastien Bourdais United States Dale Coyne Racing 15 1'01.5635 0.6666 0.0121 105.257
19 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 18 1'01.6238 0.7269 0.0603 105.154
20 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 16 1'01.6610 0.7641 0.0372 105.091
21 19 United States Santino Ferrucci United States Dale Coyne Racing 17 1'01.6736 0.7767 0.0126 105.069
22 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 13 1'01.8667 0.9698 0.1931 104.741
23 26 United States Zach Veach United States Andretti Autosport 11 1'02.0331 1.1362 0.1664 104.460
24 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 11 1'04.0776 3.1807 2.0445 101.127

 

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