Pagenaud leads Penske Chevy 1-2-3 in 2nd Toronto practice

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap in the 2nd practice session for the Verizon IndyCar Toronto GP. His time of 1m01.708s was 2/10ths faster than Helio Castroneves and Will Power – all three in Penske Chevys with special Penske shocks to help on the bumpy street circuit.

Scott Dixon was 4th (Ganassi Chevy) with local favorite Canadian James Hinchcliffe 5th (Honda).

Juan Montoya crashed out early but after only 3 laps was still faster than 5 drivers.

QUOTES

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): "Nothing broke on the car. I went in a little out of shape and caught a piece of the wall and I ricocheted across the track. The DeVilbiss Chevrolet was really good before that, but I have complete faith in my crew and we'll be fine. That's the thing with street courses. Sometimes there just isn't enough room to recover from a mistake. I'm anxious to get back out there."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3. Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): "Very good to be back here in Toronto. With the new changes on the track, it's just like a new track. You've got to learn. You've got to try new things. No question, we just start all over again. I guess tomorrow is going to continue going faster. Great for the Pennzoil Chevrolet. Seems to be very good in this session. We learned a lot from the first one. I'm glad that we're able to share information with my teammates, which worked very well for me."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "We had some issues with the car this morning but we were able to sort it out. It's tough because the conditions out there are bumpy and there are so many surface changes. I bet even the fastest guy out there is saying how bad his car feels. It's all relative. The guys did a great job over lunch and even during the session to slowly make the Arrow Electronics car better and better. We don't know exactly what we need out of the car here just yet, we're still learning. But so far, so good. It's good to end the first day with a reasonable time and position, and hopefully we can just build on that for tomorrow."

MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Honda): "At the moment, everything looks pretty solid. The team is in good shape and the guys are working really hard to bring the SMP Racing car No. 7 up to the front. We didn't use new tires at the end of the session compared to the other teams so I think we're moving in the right direction for tomorrow's qualifying."

MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "It was a very quick first day in Toronto with quite a few cautions with the track being so soft and bumpy. I feel like we made a good gain in that last new tire set. We're still where we were in positions, but we've reduced the gap a big amount. I think those are the things you have to look for when you're a rookie. Hopefully we can continue to close that gap with the faster cars tomorrow for qualifying."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet: "It was a good start to the weekend for Team Target and the No. 9 car guys. We made some good adjustments to the car in the first practice session and were just really adapting to the changes in the track layout. P4 in the second session isn't terrible but I think we can improve tomorrow and have a good run in qualifying. This is one of my favorite places we race at all year and the fans are great and really appreciate motor racing."

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet): "We spent most of today's practice sessions just running laps to mileage out the engine on the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet. I think we only made one change all day. The car is OK. I mean we need to do 19 more laps to mileage this engine out and get it changed for qualifying tomorrow. It was one of those days where you just have to get a lot of laps in without many tires, so you're just kind of driving around to get there. We only got one fast lap and I hit traffic, but we ended up in the top seven so I think we're going to be good for tomorrow."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet): "The Hydroxycut machine was quick today. We made good progress in the afternoon practice, we just didn't show it at the end of the session. I think on old tires we are looking good, and when we put new tires on we just get more front grip. I think we will be all right. It is just a matter of keeping the car off the deck and getting the car under control under braking. That is the highest priority here so we can load the tire instead of loading the undertray. In the second practice, as we started to brake deeper, we just hit the ground harder. It was a big challenge to put a lap together, but overall I am pretty happy. We just need to sharpen the edges a little bit and clean things up."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "The Verizon Chevy had a good day today and we definitely have to find some pace. The track can be difficult with all the bumps. We will evolve over the next practice and qualifying and see what we can do."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda): "Encouraging day. It's always great fun to come back to Toronto, one of the most challenging street courses in the series, so bumpy, so slippery and so unpredictable. It's all about the challenge and particularly this year because they changed the track layout due to shifting the pit lane, so that made one of the fastest corners in the street courses become very slow and very tricky as well because it's off-camber and has concrete patches, etc. The engineers and team worked really well; we brought the car with a new philosophy of the setup and we made very good progress, so we collected a lot of good data today. Hopefully we'll be better tomorrow."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Rousseau Metal Honda): "Overall it was an OK day. We put the Rousseau Metal car in the top 10 in both sessions but I feel like we have a long way to go to get the balance to be a bit better. We found a couple of things which is good but there is certainly more work to be done. It's great to be back in Toronto. There was a great crowd here today. Thanks to the amazing Canadian fans for their support."

CONOR DALY (No. 18 Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality Honda): "We made some good changes between sessions today and got the Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality car closer to where we need to be. There's still a big gap but it's a crazy track, I think as long as we're consistently improving that's good and we obviously just want to be in the top 12 for qualifying. It's a tough track, it's really bumpy, it's very, very, very easy to make a mistake so we just have to avoid doing that."

LUCA FILIPPI (No. 19 IMPCO ComfortPro Honda): "I'm happy to be back in Toronto. It's always a great feeling driving around this course. So I'm very motivated. It's one of those weekends where you feel like you want to and have to do something extra. It was a good day today. We made some changes going into the second practice and now the car feels more drivable and more consistent than in the first session. We had a strong run at the end of practice, so it looks good for the race. From a performance point of view, I think we're there, we're amongst the best Hondas. There's still a small step to get in front with the other competitors but I think we're going in the right direction. We'll try and do something extra for tomorrow because we want to do really well."

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet): "The track is definitely a bit more challenging this year with the changes so we're trying to get used to that. We definitely made some improvements between the sessions. It's a lot of fun driving around here, I enjoy this track and I think we'll have a good car for tomorrow."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services/ECR Chevrolet): "We have a little work to do tomorrow, but we are in a better spot than the time sheets show. We have a pretty good baseline car; I just didn't get the most out of it today. As long as I raise my level tomorrow, I should have a car that can compete for the Firestone Fast 6. That will be job Number One, hopefully once we do that we will have a good position to try and race for the win."

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's been a fun day. I love this place here. First of all, the city is so amazing. There's so much activity. It's great to see. And the track itself has changed. I like it better. So I'm happy. I do like it better. I know it's not the case for everybody, but I do, so. I think it's one of these years where you're having luck all the time. The PPG Chevrolet was fast, good. We made some adjustments for Practice 2. It actually went better than we expected. We're on a good pace this weekend. Certainly I think we're pretty set with the race car, now we need to make some adjustments for qualifying. But we're pretty close. It's great when you're having one of these weekends and everything flows really well."

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda): "The second practice was way, for sure, better than the first. We still have work to do to be in the top six. For sure the track is much different than last year. It's much harder for the drivers, especially in (Turn) 11 – we saw a lot of problems there. We'll have to work overnight to see how we can improve. But it's good to see a lot of fans here for Friday."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 Dr Pepper Honda): "It was a pretty messy (afternoon) session as far as clean laps, there were a lot of red (flags). We need to find some friendlier front grip than what we've been finding for the Dr Pepper car. We were a little loose that session, so we need to calm down the behavior of how the front (of the car) works right now."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): "We had a pretty good morning session. I thought we were pretty competitive, then this afternoon we never really got our rhythm going – interrupted by the red (flags). So overall we didn't really get anything out of Practice 2, and will have to see what we can do tomorrow with the DHL Honda."

JACK HAWKSWORTH (No. 41 ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing Honda): "We struggled a bit this morning and the car wasn't too great but we made some changes during the break and the car was a bit better this afternoon. It's still lacking some grip, not doing what I want it to do, especially the rear. Hopefully we can find a little bit more bite and get ourselves in a better position for tomorrow."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet): "It was disappointing to have our session end early. I was just out on fresh tires and trying get a little aggressive in Turn 11. I caught the apex wall and that put me into the outside wall. I know the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys will fix it – I have the utmost confidence in the No. 83 team. I think the car is pretty good – we'll obviously learn a little bit from what the No. 9 and the No. 10 did and talk to the No. 8 car and see if we can all learn from each other. I think the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet should be good tomorrow morning and ready for qualifying tomorrow afternoon."

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda): "This morning's practice session was okay, I thought we made good progress. This afternoon (with the red flags) we got very limited running. I think we are okay, but at the moment we are not quite a top-10 car, so we need to work on that and hopefully tomorrow is a smoother day."

Results

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps FSpeed Engine
1 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:01.708 0.000 0.000 19 19 104.194 Chevy
2 3 Helio Castroneves 1:01.909 0.2010 0.2010 18 19 103.855 Chevy
3 12 Will Power 1:02.057 0.3492 0.1482 18 18 103.607 Chevy
4 9 Scott Dixon 1:02.070 0.3621 0.0129 14 15 103.586 Chevy
5 5 James Hinchcliffe 1:02.187 0.4786 0.1165 19 20 103.392 Honda
6 11 Sebastien Bourdais 1:02.269 0.5607 0.0821 15 19 103.256 Chevy
7 10 Tony Kanaan 1:02.409 0.7008 0.1401 24 27 103.024 Chevy
8 15 Graham Rahal 1:02.535 0.8272 0.1264 21 21 102.816 Honda
9 26 Carlos Munoz 1:02.564 0.8563 0.0291 20 20 102.768 Honda
10 41 Jack Hawksworth 1:02.574 0.8656 0.0093 14 16 102.752 Honda
11 18 Conor Daly 1:02.594 0.8860 0.0204 20 22 102.719 Honda
12 19 Luca Filippi 1:02.632 0.9235 0.0375 21 24 102.657 Honda
13 7 Mikhail Aleshin 1:02.645 0.9368 0.0133 19 21 102.636 Honda
14 14 Takuma Sato 1:02.686 0.9782 0.0414 16 16 102.568 Honda
15 27 Marco Andretti 1:02.738 1.0303 0.0521 20 21 102.483 Honda
16 21 Josef Newgarden 1:02.794 1.0861 0.0558 13 16 102.392 Chevy
17 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 1:02.846 1.1378 0.0517 3 3 102.307 Chevy
18 20 Spencer Pigot 1:02.855 1.1465 0.0087 23 23 102.293 Chevy
19 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:02.952 1.2434 0.0969 11 12 102.136 Honda
20 98 Alexander Rossi 1:03.011 1.3031 0.0597 13 13 102.039 Honda
21 83 Charlie Kimball 1:03.245 1.5372 0.2341 8 11 101.661 Chevy
22 8 Max Chilton 1:03.264 1.5564 0.0192 22 24 101.630 Chevy

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