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Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud leads Rosenqvist in FP2

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Simon Pagenaud went fastest in second practice for Honda Indy Toronto, setting a 59.8708sec around the 1.786-mile street course to edge Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Felix Rosenqvist by a mere 0.0603sec.

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Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud leads Rosenqvist in FP2

Not for the first time at this track, 2017 Toronto polesitter Pagenaud had a clear edge over his Penske teammates, eclipsing Josef Newgarden and Will Power by over half a second as the drivers got to try Firestone alternate compound tires for the only time before qualifying.

Sebastien Bourdais was barely more than a tenth off top spot, also ducking his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda under the 1-minute barrier, while Spencer Pigot had a very encouraging run to fourth for Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy to beat the second Ganassi car of Scott Dixon by one-tenth.

Two sons of former Toronto winners and series champions, Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti, grabbed sixth and seventh ahead of Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport-Honda) and Power.

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Alex Rossi had a scrappy session, clattering the final turn with rightside rear and front wheels, and then lost five minutes for stopping on track with a bent left-front wheel after scraping it on the wall at the inside of Turn 9.

However Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ rookie Marcus Ericsson redefined “incident-packed” session, smacking the final turn (Turn 11) wall with his right-rear, bouncing off the outside wall at Turn 5, visiting an escape road and then having a near miss with another tire barrier. Unsurprisingly, he wound up last, as series returnee Sage Karam drew well within two seconds of Pagenaud’s P1 time as he starts to come to grips with the Carlin-Chevrolet.

Third practice begins at 10.20am local (Eastern) time tomorrow.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 France Simon Pagenaud
Team Penske 19 59.8708 107.391
2 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing 17 59.9311 0.0603 0.0603 107.283
3 France Sébastien Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing 23 59.9866 0.1158 0.0555 107.184
4 United States Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing 23 1'00.0401 0.1693 0.0535 107.088
5 New Zealand Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing 19 1'00.1445 0.2737 0.1044 106.903
6 United States Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 20 1'00.4091 0.5383 0.2646 106.434
7 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport 18 1'00.4435 0.5727 0.0344 106.374
8 United States Josef Newgarden
Team Penske 24 1'00.4509 0.5801 0.0074 106.361
9 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport 15 1'00.4696 0.5988 0.0187 106.328
10 Australia Will Power
Team Penske 22 1'00.4981 0.6273 0.0285 106.278
11 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 19 1'00.6106 0.7398 0.1125 106.080
12 United States Colton Herta
Harding Racing 20 1'00.6756 0.8048 0.0650 105.967
13 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Ed Carpenter Racing 21 1'00.7419 0.8711 0.0663 105.851
14 United States Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport 13 1'00.8161 0.9453 0.0742 105.722
15 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Carlin 20 1'00.8572 0.9864 0.0411 105.651
16 United States Zach Veach
Andretti Autosport 18 1'00.9907 1.1199 0.1335 105.419
17 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing 22 1'01.0845 1.2137 0.0938 105.257
18 Brazil Tony Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 21 1'01.1068 1.2360 0.0223 105.219
19 Japan Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 3 1'01.3290 1.4582 0.2222 104.838
20 Brazil Matheus Leist
A.J. Foyt Enterprises 20 1'01.4316 1.5608 0.1026 104.663
21 United States Sage Karam
Carlin 25 1'01.6066 1.7358 0.1750 104.365
22 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 22 1'01.6437 1.7729 0.0371 104.303
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