Power over King in Indy GP practice 2

Will Power is the man to beat for pole
Will Power is the man to beat for pole

Will Power says the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield circuit is “probably my favorite road course." It’s easy to see why.

The Team Penske driver, a two-time winner and pole sitter at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, was fastest in today’s second practice session to set himself up as the favorite to claim the pole again in Verizon P1 Award qualifying later this afternoon.

Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power navigated the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in 1 minute, 9.8759 seconds (125.657 mph) to lead the field of 24 entries during the 45-minute session. Power also was fastest in the morning practice.

“I love this track," Power said. “It's probably my favorite road course because it's so technical and smooth and European-like.

Jordan King, 2nd quick
Jordan King, 2nd quick

“But man, they're all corners that lead into complexes. You've got Turn 1-2, so there's give-and-take there, and then you've got the (Turns) 7-8-9 complex, which is really technical. Yeah, all the sets of complexes are all equally fun and interesting."

Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Jordan King (shown above) continued to impress, running second in the second practice with a lap of 1:09.9122 (125.592 mph) in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi was third in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda with a lap of 1:09.9806 (125.469 mph).

Both pre-qualifying practices ran without incident.

Results

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps FSpeed Engine Team
1 12 Will Power 1:09.876 –.—- –.—- 14 20 125.657 Chevy Team Penske
2 20 Jordan King 1:09.912 0.0363 0.0363 16 17 125.592 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
3 27 Alexander Rossi 1:09.981 0.1047 0.0684 18 19 125.469 Honda Andretti Autosport
4 6 Robert Wickens 1:10.077 0.2014 0.0967 14 16 125.296 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
5 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:10.078 0.2016 0.0002 15 18 125.296 Chevy Team Penske
6 3 Helio Castroneves 1:10.089 0.2132 0.0116 16 19 125.275 Chevy Team Penske
7 18 Sebastien Bourdais 1:10.107 0.2313 0.0181 15 16 125.242 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
8 21 Spencer Pigot 1:10.135 0.2588 0.0275 15 17 125.193 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
9 14 Tony Kanaan 1:10.225 0.3489 0.0901 16 17 125.033 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
10 1 Josef Newgarden 1:10.228 0.3520 0.0031 16 21 125.027 Chevy Team Penske
11 98 Marco Andretti 1:10.272 0.3966 0.0446 13 17 124.948 Honda Andretti Herta Autosport
12 15 Graham Rahal 1:10.283 0.4069 0.0103 15 19 124.930 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
13 9 Scott Dixon 1:10.292 0.4158 0.0089 18 19 124.914 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
14 10 Ed Jones 1:10.333 0.4567 0.0409 19 21 124.841 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
15 59 Max Chilton 1:10.339 0.4630 0.0063 13 16 124.830 Chevy Carlin
16 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:10.413 0.5367 0.0737 16 16 124.699 Honda Andretti Autosport
17 30 Takuma Sato 1:10.486 0.6102 0.0735 13 19 124.569 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:10.582 0.7059 0.0957 16 17 124.400 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
19 26 Zach Veach 1:10.651 0.7755 0.0696 12 17 124.278 Honda Andretti Autosport
20 4 Matheus Leist 1:10.740 0.8638 0.0883 11 14 124.123 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
21 88 Gabby Chaves 1:10.798 0.9217 0.0579 13 14 124.021 Chevy Harding Racing
22 23 Charlie Kimball 1:10.967 1.0910 0.1693 15 17 123.725 Chevy Carlin
23 32 Kyle Kaiser 1:11.112 1.2356 0.1446 14 20 123.474 Chevy Juncos Racing
24 19 Zachary De Melo 1:11.183 1.3071 0.0715 10 10 123.350 Honda Dale Coyne Racing

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