Road America IndyCar: Rossi beats Penskes to top spot in FP2

Alexander Rossi’s Andretti Autosport-Honda delivered an ultra-strong lap on his alternate-compound tires to beat Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power and Josef Newgarden to top spot by around 0.3sec.

Road America IndyCar: Rossi beats Penskes to top spot in FP2

Rossi was the first driver to crack the 140mph barrier with a guts ’n’ glory run that took in a few curbs, a lot of grass and several violent steering inputs. The result was a tour of the 4.014-mile track that took just 1min43.1206sec, an average speed of 140.131mph.

That was 0.2883sec clear of Power’s best time that eclipsed Newgarden by just 0.0669sec; the pair were the other way around on the primary compound, 0.006sec apart.

Colton Herta was fourth fastest for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, just 0.0049 ahead of fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist in the faster of the two Chip Ganassi Racing-Hondas, while Graham Rahal was the fastest Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry.

Patricio O’Ward again starred with P9 for Carlin Racing-Chevy, as Marco Andretti made the top 10, albeit 0.95sec off Rossi’s top time.

Simon Pagenaud was only 15th in the third Penske, just ahead of the two AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolets.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 11 1'43.1206 140.131
2 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 12 1'43.4089 0.2883 0.2883 139.740
3 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 15 1'43.4758 0.3552 0.0669 139.650
4 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 11 1'43.7415 0.6209 0.2657 139.292
5 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 16 1'43.7464 0.6258 0.0049 139.286
6 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 12 1'43.9772 0.8566 0.2308 138.977
7 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 8 1'44.0136 0.8930 0.0364 138.928
8 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 14 1'44.0423 0.9217 0.0287 138.890
9 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Carlin 12 1'44.0578 0.9372 0.0155 138.869
10 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 10 1'44.0731 0.9525 0.0153 138.849
11 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 14 1'44.1659 1.0453 0.0928 138.725
12 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 12 1'44.2018 1.0812 0.0359 138.677
13 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 12 1'44.2095 1.0889 0.0077 138.667
14 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 10 1'44.2436 1.1230 0.0341 138.621
15 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 12 1'44.4942 1.3736 0.2506 138.289
16 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 12 1'44.5861 1.4655 0.0919 138.168
17 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 13 1'44.6051 1.4845 0.0190 138.142
18 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 11 1'44.6141 1.4935 0.0090 138.131
19 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing 8 1'44.6600 1.5394 0.0459 138.070
20 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 12 1'44.6992 1.5786 0.0392 138.018
21 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Carlin 14 1'44.9824 1.8618 0.2832 137.646
22 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 12 1'45.0633 1.9427 0.0809 137.540
23 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 14 1'45.2417 2.1211 0.1784 137.307
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