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
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