Castroneves leads Penske domination at Sonoma

Helio Castroneves led a Team Penske 1-2-3-6 at Sonoma Raceway in this afternoon’s second practice session, but it was slightly inconclusive due to two red flags, the second of which ended the session early.

Castroneves leads Penske domination at Sonoma
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Alexander Rossi, Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Alexander Rossi, Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet

The Brazilian set a time of 1min16.6678sec to eclipse his championship contending Team Penske-Chevrolet teammates – Will Power by just 0.0394sec, Simon Pagenaud by 0.31sec. Their teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was sixth, half a second off Castroneves’ best.

Intruding on the Penske domination were Andretti Autosport-Honda duo Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi. However, the #98 Andretti-Herta car of Rossi stopped just past the start/finish line with 2mins to go bringing out the second red flag, after he felt a strange vibration from the engine. Given that Conor Daly’s Dale Coyne Racing-Honda had detonated just 10mins earlier, causing the first red, it was probably a sound choice by Rossi and Bryan Herta.

Carlos Munoz (7th) and Marco Andretti (11th) meant all four Andretti cars finished in the top half of the field. Between Munoz and Andretti, were Sebastien Bourdais’ KVSH Racing-Chevy in eighth, and Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevy duo Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton.

Scott Dixon, who has won the last two GoPro Grands Prix of Sonoma, was only 16th, after surviving a lurid slide through Turn 2, that saw him run off-track on the inside. 

Sonoma, Free Practice 2
P.DriverTeam (Engine)LapsTime/deficit
1 3  Helio Castroneves http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Castroneves_s.png Penske (C) 11 1:16.6678
2 12  Will Power http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Power_s.png Penske (C) 13 0.0394
3 22  Simon Pagenaud http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Pagenaud_s.png Penske (C) 16 0.3079
4 28  Ryan Hunter-Reay http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Hunter-Reay_s.png Andretti (H) 13 0.3891
5 98  Alexander Rossi http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Rossi_s.png Andretti-Herta (H) 16 0.4139
6 2   Juan Pablo Montoya http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Montoya_s.png Penske (C) 14 0.5158
7 26  Carlos Muñoz http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Munoz_s.png Andretti (H) 17 0.5227
8 11  Sébastien Bourdais http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Bourdais_s.png KVSH (C) 20 0.5290
9 83  Charlie Kimball http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Kimball_s.png Ganassi (C) 19 0.6386
10 8  Max Chilton http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Chilton_s.png Ganassi (C) 18 0.6598
11 27  Marco Andretti http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Andretti_s.png Andretti (H) 14 0.6608
12 21  Josef Newgarden http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Newgarden_s.png Carpenter (C) 16 0.6637
13 5  James Hinchcliffe http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Hinchcliffe_s.png Schmidt (H) 15 0.7472
14 10  Tony Kanaan http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Kanaan_s.png Ganassi (C) 18 0.7584
15 41  Jack Hawksworth http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Hawksworth_s.png Foyt (H) 16 0.8232
16 9  Scott Dixon http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Dixon_s.png Ganassi (C) 15 1.0331
17 14  Takuma Sato http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Sato_s.png Foyt (H) 21 1.0551
18 20  Spencer Pigot http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Pigot_s.png Carpenter (C) 15 1.0570
19 19  R.C. Enerson http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Enerson_s.png Coyne (H) 24 1.0721
20 15  Graham Rahal http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Rahal_s.png Rahal (H) 15 1.2791
21 7  Mikhail Aleshin http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Aleshin_s.png Schmidt (H) 20 1.2981
22 18  Conor Daly http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Daly_s.png Coyne (H) 12 2.1734

(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda

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