Apr 19, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT
Ryan Hunter-Reay led an incident-marred second practice session at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at 1:09.4224.
“We’re executing a little better,” said the Andretti Autosport driver and defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion. “We’ll take the balance of what we learned today and apply it to tomorrow. We know what we’re working with.”
Mike Conway was second once again for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, with Will Power, Tristan Vautier and Helio Castroneves in the top five.
Conway, who like Hunter-Reay is a former Long Beach race winner (2011), hasn’t appeared to miss a beat for his first race back in IndyCar since Baltimore last year.
“There were cobwebs, but I felt good coming into the weekend,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about this since February.”
James Jakes, Alex Tagliani, Dario Franchitti, Takuma Sato and James Hinchcliffe completed the top 10.
Four red flags peppered the 45-minute session for the IZOD IndyCar Series. Sebastian Saavedra, Justin Wilson, Simona de Silvestro, Scott Dixon and E.J. Viso all had unscheduled appointments with the concrete barriers.
Saavedra led off the session when nosing into the Turn 1 wall. Later, Wilson went into the tires at Turn 8 and de Silvestro, who ran a wider exit of the 90-degree right hander, crashed right into him with nowhere to go.
Turn 9 was the trouble spot for both Dixon and Viso. Dixon hit the wall exiting the corner and damaged his left rear suspension, while Viso nosed into the tire barriers going into the corner.
Combined times from Practice 1 and 2 are below:
Rank Car Driver Team C/E/T Time 1. 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti D/C/F 1:09.4224 2. 17 Mike Conway RLL D/H/F 1:09.4603 3. 12 Will Power Penske D/C/F 1:09.5166 4. 55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Peterson D/H/F 1:09.5657 5. 3 Helio Castroneves Penske D/C/F 1:09.6008 6. 16 James Jakes RLL D/H/F 1:09.7664 7. 98 Alex Tagliani Barracuda/BHA D/H/F 1:09.7829 8. 10 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi D/H/F 1:09.7891 9. 27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti D/C/F 1:09.8157* 10. 14 Takuma Sato Foyt D/H/F 1:09.9197 11. 78 Simona de Silvestro KV D/C/F 1:10.0767* 12. 19 Justin Wilson Coyne D/H/F 1:10.1028* 13. 9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi D/H/F 1:10.1479* 14. 15 Graham Rahal RLL D/H/F 1:10.1906* 15. 67 Josef Newgarden Fisher Hartman D/H/F 1:10.2081* 16. 77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Hamilton D/H/F 1:10.2472 17. 25 Marco Andretti Andretti D/C/F 1:10.3292 18. 7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon D/C/F 1:10.3736 19. 4 JR Hildebrand Panther D/C/F 1:10.4001* 20. 11 Tony Kanaan KV D/C/F 1:10.4956 21. 2 AJ Allmendinger Penske D/C/F 1:10.5424 22. 5 EJ Viso Venezuela/Andretti/HVM D/C/F 1:10.8132 23. 83 Charlie Kimball Novo Nordisk Ganassi D/H/F 1:10.8156* 24. 18 Ana Beatriz Coyne D/H/F 1:11.0011* 25. 22 Oriol Servia Panther DRR D/C/F 1:11.0586* 26. 6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon D/C/F 1:11.0693* 27. 20 Ed Carpenter Carpenter D/C/F 1:11.6747
*Fastest time set in Practice 1 instead of Practice 2
Sep 2, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT
Alonso to Britain’s Sky Sports: “I want to win here and finish the job that we started some years ago, and we will see what the future [holds]“
Sep 2, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT
Mazda Road to Indy regulars Scott Hargrove and Daniel Burkett secure titles in Porsche GT3 Canada and Atlantic, respectively.
Sep 2, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT
Pierre Gasly, a Red Bull Junior, will join Caterham’s GP2 team for the rest of 2014.
Sep 2, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
Ryan Newman is the only Chase hopeful that controls his destiny going into Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400.
Sep 2, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT
Mikhail Aleshin updates his social media pages for first time since scary Fontana accident on Friday night.
Sep 2, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
What was Haas Formula is now Haas F1 Team as part of a new brand rollout.
Sep 2, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
United Fiber & Data looks set to return to IndyCar for 2015 and the foreseeable future.
Sep 2, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
Team Penske president Tim Cindric all but confirms Will Power will run the No. 1 in 2015.
Sep 2, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
MAVTV announces IndyCar’s return to Fontana for two more years through 2016, although official confirmation from the sanctioning body and a date remains to be revealed.
Sep 1, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
Kahne to NBCSN contributor Nate Ryan: “We need to build off of this…As a team, we need to be stronger together.”
Sep 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT
NASCAR AMERICA’S Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman believe that the three-time Sprint Cup champion handled himself well throughout a difficult weekend.
Sep 1, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT
Organizers of the Russian Grand Prix appear to be getting behind their countryman as F1’s first visit to Sochi draws closer.
Sep 1, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT
Richie Crampton, Alexis DeJoria, Shane Gray and Eddie Krawiec captured U.S. Nationals wins on Monday.
Sep 1, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT
Coming up today: Highlights from Kasey Kahne’s clutch Atlanta win; assessing Tony Stewart’s comeback; the Chase outlook with one regular season race left; more problems in pits for Kevin Harvick.
Sep 1, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
Writer’s Note: The following is a recap of this weekend’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin. NBCSN will air the races this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you don’t want to know who won until then, we suggest you find another post to read here on MotorSportsTalk…
Sep 1, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT
For Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson, winning on Saturday night will be all that matters if they want a spot in the Chase.
Sep 1, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing end as the top single-car teams in 2014, before merging in 2015.
Sep 1, 2014, 1:38 PM EDT
Kasey Kahne saves his season in Atlanta, while Will Power changes his career in Fontana.
Sep 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Carlos Munoz takes home the top rookie honors after a successful first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Sep 1, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT
Honda’s motorsport chief provides an update on the company’s F1 engine progress.
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